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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 2011


Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment

  • Winner: David Wood
  • Citation: For high-impact research results related to the development of high-performance battery materials and their implementation into commercial processes 

Inventor of the Year

  • Winner: Philip Maziasz
  • Citation: For sustained and outstanding development of new steels and alloys with significant commercial and economic impact, based on the engineered microstructure method

Science and Technology, Technical Support

  • Winner: Julia Luck
  • Citation: For outstanding contributions to the advancement of high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy

Excellence in Technology Transfer 

  • Winners: Michael Brady; Bruce Pint; Yukinori Yamamoto; Philip Maziasz; Michael Santella; Alexander DeTrana; Joseph Marasco; Alan Liby; Craig Blue
  • Organizations: Materials Science and Technology Division; Energy & Engineering Sciences; Intellectual Property Management
  • Citation: For development and licensing of AFA steels, a revolutionary new class of heat-resistant steels for higher-efficiency energy production and chemical process industry applications