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  • Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2014 - (Amit Naskar) Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Five ORNL scientists rated among world's most influential
    (ORNL in the News) Aug. 4, 2014 - Five Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicists, including Deputy for Science and Technology Ramamoorthy Ramesh, have been named by Thomson Reuters as some of the best and brightest of our time. Joining Ramesh as the world’s most influential scientific minds of 2014 are Michael McGuire, Brian Sales, Athena Safa-Sefat, and David Singh. While McGuire and Sefat are relatively early in their careers, Ramesh, Sales, and Singh are established leaders...8/1

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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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Archived Honors & Awards 2008

  1. Lou Mansur, has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Materials Science and Technology Division of the American Nuclear Society for significant and sustained contribution to the understanding and modeling of materials behavior in nuclear systems, October 2008.
  2. 2008 ORNL Awards Nights winners: Gary L. Bell team, winner of the Engineering Research and Development Award; David J. Singh, winner of the Distinguished Scientist Award; and Gabriel M. Veith, winner of the Early Career Award for Scientific Accomplishment Award.
  3. Jun Qu was selected to receive the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 2009.
  4. Mike Miller will be inducted as a TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) Fellow at the 2009 annual meeting in recognition of his "world-renowned leadership in the development and utilization of atom probe tomography for chacterization of materials."
  5. MST division researchers are affiliated with five of the six winning R&D100 awards this year:
    1. Adaptive band excitation controller and software for scanning probe microscopy, Stephen Jesse, Sergei Kalinin (MSTD); Roger Proksch (Asylum Research Corp)., 2008. Cratos V Nano-Wool, Roland Seals (Y-12); Paul Menchhofer, Vinod Sikka, Fred Montgomery (MSTD), 2008.
    2. Laser-induced fluorescence composite heat damage detector, Chris Janke, Cliff Eberle (MSTD); Curt Maxey, John Storey (ETSD); Art Clemons (NSD); Walt Fisher, Eric Wachter, and Josh Fisher (Galt Technologies), 2008.
    3. NanoSH Superhydrophobic Technology, John Simpson, Brian D’Urso, Steve McNeany (Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division); Vinod Sikka (MSTD); Donald Speicher, Andrew Jones (Ross Technology Corp.), 2008.
    4. 2-MGEM, Optical Anisotropy Factor Measurement System, Doug Mark, Baoliang “Bob” Wang; Andy Breninger, Tarik Hadid, Chad Mansfield, Bob Lakanen, Abebe Gezahegn (Hinds Instruments); Gerald Jellison, John Hunn, Christopher Rouleau (MSTD), 2008.
  6. Michael McGuire and Athena Safa-Sefat, Wigner Fellows, first in U.S. to synthesize new HTS compound. They synthesized the lanthanum arsenic iron-oxide material in the Solid State Research Facility laboratory, representing the first group in the U.S. to make samples of the material. . .ORNL Reporter, No. 100, June 2008.
  7. ACS features Lab images - Two images from ORNL research that would look great hanging on the wall were recently featured in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. The images are from "Alternations of the ZN- and O-Terminated Surfaces of ZnO Scintillator Crystals by Thermochemical Processing," from a project by Lynn Boatner, Hu Longmire and John Neal of NSTD and Allison Gray of Creative Media.
  8. Sam Sham received a Certificate of Appreciation for authoring the Outstanding M&F Paper at the 2007 PVP Conference in San Antonio, June 3, 2008.
  9. Larry F. Allard, Images recorded in the JOEL 2200FS made the February 2008, Vol.33, No.2 issue of Materials Research Society Bulletin - In Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy. These images are a sequence of aberration-corrected high-angle annular darkfield scanning transmission electron micrographs showing the coalescence of platinum nano particles under the influence of the electron beam at ambient temperature, May 22, 2008.
  10. Peter Blau, was recognized by the Alumni Association Reading Senior High School Reading, Pennsylvania as their Distinguished Alumnus for 2008.
  11. H. T. Lin, has been selected as an ASM International-Indian Institute of Metals Visiting Lecturer in honor of his numerous materials science contributions, 2008.
  12. Paul F. Becher, has received the Distinquished Life Member Award from the American Ceramic Society (ACeRS), May 5, 2008.
  13. Paul F. Becher, has received the John Jeppson Award from the American Ceramic Society (ACeRS), April 13, 2008.
  14. Andrew Wereszczak, has received the 2008 Richard M. Fulrath Award from ACerS, March 28, 2008
  15. Cristian I. Contescu, has been elected to join the Editorial Advisory Board of Carbon Journal, Feb. 5, 2008.
  16. Yury Osetskiy, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Mentor Award, for service to the next generation of scientists and engineers, Jan. 28, 2008.
  17. Roger Stoller, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Mentor Award, for service to the next generation of scientists and engineers, Jan. 28, 2008
  18. Tom Watkins, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Mentor Award, for service to the next generation of scientists and engineers, Jan. 28, 2008.
  19. Peter Blau, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE), which includes over 4000 members involved in friction and wear, Jan. 31, 2008
  20. Amit Goyal, has been selected as FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, for "High-Performance Lanthanum Manganese Oxide-enabled, High Temperature Superconducting Tape", Jan. 23, 2008.

In the News

  1. Scientists Find Superconductor (Daily Tech). Has been extensively covering the breakthroughs in superconductors over the last couple years. The class of meterials is very promisint in that if someday it could replace conductors...Now researchers David Larbalestier, Alex Gurevish and Jan Jaroszynski, and colleagues in David Mandrus' group. . . June 2, 2008
  2. The beauty of materials science (Knoxville News Sentinel ). A micrograph from Lynn Boatner, a Corporate Fellow at ORNL and one of the lab's top materials researchers. It shows a "thermo-chemicaly treated" single crystal of zinc oxide, an optical inteference contrast micrograph that was taken with a Leica MEF 4A microscope equipped with a Sony DKC 5000 Camera.. . .6/18
  3. The power of Blue (Knoxville News Sentinel) Craig Blue, a materials scientist with a reputation for getting things done, has been named director of the new Energy Materials Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory... 06/27. Craig Blue, a materials scientist with a reputation for getting things done, has been named director of the new Energy Materials Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Blue has worked at Oak Ridge since 1995, soon after getting his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Most recently, he has been deputy director of the Materials Science and Technology Division. According to lab statement, the new program will combine the previous Industrial Technologies and Fossil Energy programs. Its mission will be to "support fundamental and applied materials research for a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, fossil energy and National Security materials opportunities."
  4. The Sixth Annual Dragon Boat festival was held June 28, 2008 at the Cove at Concord Park.  This is the first time in Concord Park, and it was a much larger an more active festival.  The Materials Science and Technology Division, with additional help from other Divisions at the lab has taken part in the festival, whose primary beneficiary is the Knox Area Rescue Ministry. The focus of the event is the head to head competition of Dragon Boats, each with 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a oarsman.  This year the festival had a record 44 teams in competition, mostly from local business and charitable organizations, though some teams came from as far as Charleston to compete. Our team, dubbed Maximum Entropy, did pretty well this year, finishing 11th of 44 boats going on to race in the bronze metal category.  Also on the positive side, we did not run into any other boats (as did happen in an earlier race) and we were the only boat that was gender-neutral, though we may have done better if some of the men were on shore cheering.  We also beat those stinking Lab Rats from Chemistry, who came in 23rd.  More importantly, and with the help of all the folks we work with, we were able to collect 3,000 dollars of the 77,000 dollars grand total for an organization that provides a third of a million meals a year to homeless people in our area. Next year you should think about coming out to the race.  The new venue is a lot of fun for kids and the events a lot of fun. - Lance Snead http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jun/29/dragons-clash-festival.
  5. MATERIALS -- Stressed out . . Stronger stainless steel castings are critical to the regeneration of ceramic honeycomb filters used to produce cleaner exhaust systems and upgraded turbocharger housings for diesel engines. Improvements to these castings could result from test projects now under way at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Temperature Materials Laboratory. A research team led by ORNL's Phil Maziasz is using an R&D 100 steel alloys technology developed by ORNL and Caterpillar to determine durability of exhaust components that must sustain higher temperatures and severe thermal cycling to meet upgraded and stringent EPA air quality standards. Caterpillar and Honeywell are partnering with ORNL on the collaborative testing for the turbocharger application. ORNL News Releases Oct. 2008.
  6. HTML's microscopy magnifies collaboration in advanced materials research". Jane Howe of the Materials Analysis User Center shows off what the HF-3300 microscope can do. ORNL Reporter, Sept. 2008.
  7. James Klett has come up with a material that could change the way you cook. James has been working with a major manufacturer of commercial and residential cookware to incorporate the graphite foam into this cookware to spread the heat in the pan much more efficiently. The whole pan is a uniform temperature, heats up faster and cools down faster. ORNL in the News, Sept. 2008.
  8. "Peering inside the puzzle - New microscopy techniques could unlock the mysteries of ferroelectric materials." A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a quantitative piezoresponse force microscopy, or PFM, study on electric polarization switching in multiferroic materials in a nearly defect-free environment, by lead author Sergei Kalinin. ORNL Reporter, No. 96, Jan-Feb 2008.
  9. Amit Goyal, guest editor of a recently published special issue of the Journal of Electron Materials (Vol. 36, Nov. 10 2007). ORNL Reporter, No. 96, Jan-Feb 2008.
  10. A Renewed Interest - A new ORNL process seeks to improve solar cells", ORNL Review, Vol. 41. No.1, 2008. Ron Ott, Materials Processing Group, demonstated pulsed thermal processing using the Plasma Arc Lamp could increase the collection efficiency of thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells by introducing a nanocrystalline microstructure within the amorphous material.
  11. "Scientist's Laser May One Day Help Teeth." (Knoxville News Sentinel) Claus Daniel, has a patent pending on the laser technique that's used to stengthen ceramics used in crowns and tooth implants. Jan. 02, 2008

Archived Events

  1. Vinod Sikka retirement reception 2008
  2. Congratulations class of '08, and MST parents
  3. Brenda Hickey retirement reception 3/31/08; Retirement photos by S. Salmen
  4. Carolyn Well retirement reception 1/30/08
  5. Geneva Worley retirement reception 1/24/08 Stan David and John Vitek retirement reception 1/24/08