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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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ORNL Awards Night 2012

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Director's Award
Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology

Lance SNEAD

For his national and international leadership and impact in the application of materials science to nuclear technology and his development of a new class of nuclear structural materials for fission and fusion power systems.

Distinguished Engineer
Lance SNEAD

For his national and international leadership and impact in the application of materials science to nuclear technology and his development of a new class of nuclear structural materials for fission and fusion power systems.

Inventor of the Year
Felix PAULAUSKAS

For distinguished, sustained, and cumulative contributions to ORNL’s patent portfolio, which are the basis for establishment of carbon fiber initiatives and significant program growth, new ORNL facilities, and future opportunities for developing and demonstrating pioneering new approaches to producing carbon fibers.

Scientific Research
Ho Nyung LEE, Woo Seok CHOI, David SINGH, Matthew CHISHOLM, Gerald JELLISON, JR.

For the discovery of a new route to significant band gap tuning in complex oxides by site-specific substitution.

Engineering Research & Development
Cliff EBERLE, Amit NASKAR, Robert NORRIS, Soydan OZCAN, Felix PAULAUSKAS, Charles WARREN, Ken YARBOROUGH, Nidia GALLEGO, Raymond BOEMAN, Craig BLUE

For exceptional R&D engineering accomplishments resulting in the establishment of unique, world-leading capabilities for demonstrating and facilitating implementation of alternative carbon fiber production technologies, thereby saving energy and promoting economic development.