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  • Materials - Less costly carbon fiber
    June 03, 2014 - A newly patented system that uses microwave energy could greatly reduce the cost of producing carbon fiber from polymer precursors while cutting the amount of effluent gases. The technology, invented by a team that includes Felix Paulauskas of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, consists of an elongated atmosphere-controlled chamber in which the material undergoes complete carbonization.

 

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  • Athena Safa-Sefat - Superconductors - published on Apr 21, 2014 - Athena Safa Sefat explains how scientists are improving the superconductivity of materials and eliminating wasted energy.

  • Valentino Cooper - Complex Materials - published on Apr 17, 2014 - Valentino Cooper uses some of the world's most powerful computing to understand how materials work at subatomic levels, studying breakthroughs such as piezoelectrics, which convert mechanical stress to electrical energy.
  • Science Saturday Resources - Jan. 18, 2014 - High Temp Superconductors: Wanna Levitate? - Team: Amit Goyal, Thomas Maier, and Athena Safa-Sefat, Michael Coffey, Gene Ice. Master Teacher: Frank Wood, Oak Ridge High School

 

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ORNL Awards Night 2010

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY (Individual) -

Distinguished Engineer

  • Winner: Ted Besmann
  • Citation: For outstanding sustained contributions in materials science and engineering related to nuclear fuels and ceramics

Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment

  • Winner: Amit Naskar
  • Citation: For contributions in advancing carbon fiber and polymer-based composites research via exceptional technical accomplishments and leadership

Early Career Award for Scientific Acomplishment

  • Winner: Athena Safa-Sefat
  • Citation: For outstanding contributions to the understanding of superconductivity in the newly discovered iron-based superconductors

Technical Support

  • Winner: Hu Longmire
  • Citation: For sustained, outstanding support of ORNL's materials science programs by development and skilled application of a suite of metallograpic techniques