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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
- National lab: New oil additive saves 2% on gas
- USA Today, July 28, 2014 (Jun Qu) - Nestled in the rolling Tennessee hills and forests, the secretive lab that developed power for the Manhattan Project is working to change the auto industry and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign fuel.
- Vehicle Technologies Office cites Davis, Qu, Wereszczak, ORNL Today, July 7, 2014 - Three ORNL researchers recently received honors from the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office for their sustainable transportation work. ETSD's Stacy Davis received a DOE VTO Special Recognition Award for providing consistently high-quality data in the Transportation Energy Data Book, the Vehicle Technologies Market Report, and the Vehicle Technologies Fact of the Week. MSTD's Jun Qu and Andy Wereszczak received VTO R&D Awards. Qu was honored for developing ionic liquids as novel engine lubricants, and Wereszczak received recognition for his cross-cutting research in materials and power electronics.
Awards & Honors
- Varela receives Microscopy Society's Burton Medal - ORNL Today, August 13, 2014 - Maria Varela, a researcher in the Materials S&T Division's Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy group,, has received the Microscopy Society of America's Burton Medal for early career scientists.
- Hispanic Engineers recognize Idrobo (ORNL Today Aug. 4, 2014) (Knoxblogs.com)- Juan Carlos Idrobo has been recognized by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corp. with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for groundbreaking research in scanning transmission electron microscopy of 2D materials. Juan Carlos works in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences' Microscopy group.
- ASM International elects Pint fellow (ORNL Today Aug. 4, 2014) - Bruce Pint was cited for "groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental knowledge of high temperature oxidation mechanisms in alloys and coatings, and for contributions to heat resistant alloy design and development through the incorporation of minor elements to control and improve high temperature stability and overall oxidation resistance." Bruce, who is deputy program manager of the ORNL Fossil Energy Materials program, is also a fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 technical publications and has been cited over 5,000 times.
- ORNL wins eight R&D 100s - OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 11, 2014--Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s top technological innovations. Ionic Liquid Anti-wear Additives for Fuel-efficient Engine Lubricantswas developed by ORNL, General Motors Research and Development Center, Shell Global Solutions and Lubrizol Corp. ORNL principal investigators were Jun Qu, Huimin Luo, Sheng Dai, Peter Blau, Todd Toops, Brian West and Bruce Bunting; and Super-hydro-tunable HiPAS Membraneswere developed by ORNL. Inventors were Michael Hu, Matthew Sturgeon, Ramesh Bhave, Brian Bischoff, Tolga Aytug and Tim Theiss.
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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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What problem are you working on?
- 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 2009
- Lynn A. Boatner, has achieved the threshold distinction of "Battelle Distinguished Inventor" (14 US patents a an ORNL Inventor, in addition to his two US patents awarded prior to joining ORNL).
- Lynn A. Boatner, has been recognized in the form of a Second Place Award in the Scanning Electron Microscopy Category in the 2009 Ceramographic Competition of the American Ceramic Society. The Award-Winning entry was entitled: "Zinc Oxide Photoanode Instability in Photoelectrochemical Cells for Hydrogen Production." The 2009 Ceramographic Competition was held as part of the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society in Pittsburgh, PA, October 25-30, 2009.
- The Canadian Patent Office has issued James Klett a patent on "Pitch-Based Carbon Foam Heat Sink with Phase Change Material", November 2009.
- Kinga Unocic has received the 2010 Young Leader Professional Developent Award from the Structural Materials Division of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), November 2009.
- Ted Besmann will chair a Nuclear Energy Agency Working Group on "Multi-Scale Modeling of Fuels for Nuclear Systems".
- New 2009 Weinberg Fellows in MST Division:
- C. M. Parish (Microscopy Group)
- Raymond R. Unocic (Microscopy Group)
- Wyatt E. Tenhaeff (Physical Chemistry of Materials Group)
- Orlando Rios (Materials Processing Group)
- ORNL's United Way Campaign Chair, Edgar Lara-Curzio announced the campaign had collected $1,025,000. ORNL's United Way campaign has topped six-figures for the second time.
- Work by De-en Jiang and Sheng Dai of the Chemical Sciences Division, in collaboration with Robert Whetten of Georgia Institute of Technology and Weidong Luo of Vanderbilt University and the MST Division, is featured on the cover of the October 8, 2009 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
- Lynn Boatner receives United States Patent on “Infra-Red Signature Neutron Detector”, October 13, 2009 .
- Designer superatom complex" makes journal cover. Work by De-en Jiang and Sheng Dai of the Chemical Sciences Division, in collaboration with Robert Whetten of Georgia Institute of Technology and Weidong Luo of Vanderbilt University and the Materials S&T Division, is featured on the cover of the October 8, 2009 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The team has designed and examined the smallest thiolated gold superatom complexes and predicted an octahedron-cored gold nanocluster as the superior candidate. Gold nanoclusters and nanoparticles have wide applications such as in protein labeling, drug delivery, sensing and catalysis.
- Valentino Cooper, MSTD, De-en Jian and Sheng Dai, Chemical Sciences Division, computationally designed graphene sheets with sub-nanometer pores (a one-atom-thick membrane) that show unprecedented selectives for hydrogen over methane relative to traditional polymeric or silica membrances. Their work is published online in Nano Letters, a leading journal in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- S. V. Kalinin received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Young Investigator from the International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics (ISIF), for his outstanding work in the field of piezoresponse force microscopy (vestor-PFM and spectrosopy PFM) and its application to a wide range of materials from oxides to biological samples, 2009
- Craig Blue, Director of ORNL's Energy Materials Program, has been elected a fellow of ASM International, for his contributions to the field of materials science and engineering. July 2009.
- Jun Qu is the winner of the John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2009.
- Edgar Lara-Curzio has been chosen for the 2009 Arthur Frederick Greaves-Walker Award from the American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, in recognition of his "outstanding service to the ceramic engineering profession," May 2009.
- Hua-Tay Lin received the 2010 James I. Mueller Memorial Award, in recognition of his contribution and leadership in the field of engineering ceramics. This is the highest honor bestowed by the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society. He will deliver a plenary lecture at the 34th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, in Daytona Beach, Fla, January 24, 2010.
- Amit Goyal ranks no. 1 world wide in the total number of citations and no. 4 worldwide in the total number of papers published during the last decade (1999-2009). Other MST researchers also made the lists, especially the average citations per paper list. They are Elbio Dagotto, Dave Christen, Ron Feenstra, Eliot Specht, Claudia Canoni, and Fred List, 2009.
- Amit Goyal will be inducted as a Fellow of WTN at the awards ceremony held in New York City, July 15-16, 2009 and is a finalist for the WTN Award in the category of Materials.
- Amit Goyal has been chosen to receive the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" for 2009 from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology, at Kharagpur, India. The award will be prsented at the 55th Annual Convocation, August 8th, 2009.
- Lynn A. Boatner, received the Class 6 The Dubose-Crouse Award for Unique, Unusual, and New Techniques in Microscopy - sponsored by Elseviers; and 1st Place for Mapping Mass Transport in Stainless Steel Weld Pools Using Tracer and Secondard Electron Techniques, at the 2009 International Metallographic Contest.
- Sergei V. Kalinin - will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award for Young Investigator for his outstanding work in the field of piezoresponse force microscopy (vector-PFM and spectroscopy PFM) and its application to a wide range of materials from oxides to biological samples at the ISIF 2009 21st International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics and Functionalities in Colorado Springs, CO on September 27, 2009.
- The American Nuclear Society has selected Louis K. Mansur to receive this year's Mishima Award, given annually "...to recognize outstanding contributions in research and development work on nuclear fuels and materials."
- New Professional Society Fellows:
- Lynn Boatner – Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow. Lynn is the only MRS fellow from ORNL.
- Jim Bentley – Microscopy Society of America (MSA) “inaugural” Fellow
- Chong Long Fu – American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
- Amit Goyal – American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
- Roger Stoller – American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fellow
- New Professional Society Awards:
- Edgar Lara Curzio received the 2009 Arthur Frederick Greaves-Walker Award from the American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (ACerS/NICE)
- Sergei Kalinin received the Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).
- International and Internal Awards:
- Phil Maziasz - “CF8C Plus: New Cast Stainless Steel for High-Temperature Performance.” has been selected as winner for the 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
- Malcolm Stocks will be the Director for the new Energy Frontiers Research Center for Defect Physics in Structural Materials. The center will bring together researchers from ORNL, six universities, and LLNL to address the most pressing basic research challenges in structural materials for energy.
- Claudia Rawn has been invited to serve as a member of the U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (USNC/Cr).
- Chaitanya Narula - technical paper has been selected for inclusion in the new SAE International Journals, “Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experiments – Nanostructural Changes in Supported Catalysts Under Operating Conditions,” SAE Int. J. Mater. Manuf. 1(1): 182-188, 2008.
- Amit Goyal - article has been selected to be published in Superconductor Science & Technology (SUST) as part of the journal’s “Highlights of 2008”.“High performance superconducting wire in high applied magnetic fields via nanoscale defect engineering.”
- Fue Xiong received the Outstanding Graduate Award in Mechanical Engineering Technology by the Engineering and Media Technology Department at Pellissippi State.
- Kevin Rhodes - poster wins 2nd prize for Excellence in Student Research at the ASM Oak Ridge Chapter's Workshop on "Materials for Mega-Watts," title "Degradation and Fatigue of Active Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batters." by Kevin Rhodes, Claus Daniel, Edgar Lara-Curzio, and Nancy Dudney.
- Gerry Ludtka & Claire Luttrell received a Secretary of Energy Achievement Honor Award (as part of a team) on January 7, 2009. The Honor Awards represent the highest internal non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive for providing exceptional service to the Department and the American people. This award recognizes employees whose performance goes above and beyond the call of duty in their work endeavors.”
- John Budai - image for the article, "Zinc Oxide Microtowers by Vapor Phase Homoepitaxial Regrowth," has made the cover of Advanced Materials. Lead author, Zhengwei Pan, U. of Georgia & ORNL, Parans Paranthaman and Sheng Dai, CSD. The image is of zinc-oxide "microtowers" in research toward nanowires with unique electronic and photonic properties.
- Neils De Jonge – paper was published on-line in Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Daily Early Edition, “Electron microscopy of whole cells in liquid with nanometer resolution.”
- William H. Peter has been named the leader of the Materials Processing Group.
- Chad Duty has been named Acting Solar Technology Program Manager in the Energy Efficiency & Electricity Technologies Program Office.