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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 2011
- Nidia Gallego - Fulbright Scholar
- Lynn Boatner, Larry Walker (ORNL Retired), and Gerald Jellison - First Place Award winner in the Natural or Untouched Photograph Category at the 2011 Crystal Photographic Competition.
- Sergei Kalinin - Microscopy Award
- Claus Daniel - Chair German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (GAFOE) 2012 session on energy storage for the National Academy of Engineering.
- Gerald Jellison - Lead author’s paper, "Spectroscopic dielectric tensor of monoclinic crystals," chosen as an editor's suggestion for an upcoming publication. Other authors on the paper included M.A. McGuire, L.A. Boatner and J.D. Budai.
- Andy Andrews, is the new president of the Tennessee Academy of Science. He took office at the academy's annual meeting in late October 2011 at Union University in Jackson.
- ORNL Awards Night Winners 2011:
- David Wood, Early Career Award
Citation: For high-impact research results related to the development of high-performance battery materials and their implementation into commercial processes
- Philip Maziasz, Inventor of the Year
Citation: For sustained and outstanding development of new steels and alloys with significant commercial and economic impact, based on the engineered microstructure method
- Julia Luck, Science and Technology, Technical Support
Citation: For outstanding contributions to the advancement of high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy
- Michael Brady; Bruce Pint; Yukinori Yamamoto; Philip Maziasz; Michael Santella; Alexander DeTrana; Joseph Marasco; Alan Liby; Craig Blue,
Excellence in Technology Transfer
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
- ORNL R&D 100 Awards 2011:
- Mesoporous Carbon for Capacitive Deionization Electrodes for Desalination
Developed and jointly submitted by ORNL's Sheng Dai and Richard Mayes of the Chemical Sciences Division, David DePaoli and Costas Tsouris of the Energy and Transportation Science Division, James Kiggans Jr. of the Materials Science and Technology Division, Craig Blue, director of the Energy Materials Program, Charles Schaich of the Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division, former post doctoral researcher Xiquing Wang and Frederic W. Seamon III of Campbell Applied Physics, 2011.
Jointly developed and submitted by MesoCoat of Euclid, Ohio, EMTEC, an international company with headquarters in Springfield, N.J. and ORNL. The ORNL team consists of Craig Blue, director of the Energy Materials Program, Art Clemons of the Energy Materials Program, Nancy Dudney, Chad Duty, David Harper, Adrian Sabau and Vinod Sikka of the Materials Science and Technology Division, Ron Ott of the Energy and Transportation Science Division and John Rivard of the Global Security Directorate, 2011.
- Self-assembled, Ferromagnetic-Insulator Nanocomposites for Ultrahigh-Density Data Storage
Developed and submitted by Amit Goyal, Junsoo Shin, Claudia Cantoni and James Thompson of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, 2011.
- New Stainless Steel Alloy Tooling for High Temperature Presses that Form Aircraft Components
Developed and jointly submitted by Roman Pankiw, Don Voke and Alberto Jablonski of Duraloy Technologies and an ORNL team consisting of Govindarajan Muralidharan, Phil Maziasz, Neal Evans, Mike Santella, Chris Stevens, Jackie Mayotte, Ed Kenik (retired), Vinod Sikka (retired) and Ken Liu, 2011.
- Amit Goyal has been named a winner of the Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award honoring U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions in research and development supporting DOE and its missions (Nov 28, 2011).
- Andy Andrews, is the new president of the Tennessee Academy of Science. He took office at the academy's annual meeting in late October at Union University in Jackson (Nov. 2011).
- Dave Geohegan, has been elected as a American Physical Society Fellow for pioneering work in understanding and controlling nonequilibrium growth processes of thin films and nanomaterials through real-time laser spectroscopy, imaging, and plasma diagnostic investigation (Nov. 2011).
- Hans Christen, has been elected as a American Physical Society Fellow (Nov. 2011).
- Paper "editor's suggestion" for Physical Review B.The journal Physical Review B chose lead author G.E. Jellison's paper, "Spectroscopic dielectric tensor of monoclinic crystals," as an editor's suggestion for an upcoming publication. Physical Review B typically chooses five to ten papers from about 120 papers they accept each week. Other authors on the paper included M.A. McGuire, L.A. Boatner and J.D. Budai (Oct. 2011).
- Lance L. Snead, has the role of Fusion Material Program Manager at the Laboratory, effective October 1, 2011. In this role Dr. Snead will lead the largest materials portfolio supporting the U.S. fusion technology program with significant international collaborations including long-standing programs with Japanese universities and laboratories and support of ITER for which ORNL serves as the U.S. project manager. He will be replacing Roger Stoller whose stewardship of the fusion materials program has been internationally recognized and his expertise will be valuable as the area of irradiation materials science modeling continues to grow.
- David J. Singh has been appointed as Group Leader for the newly created Advanced Materials Group, August 10, 2011.
- John Budai has been appointed as Group Leader for the X-ray and Neutron Scattering and Microscopy Group, August 10, 2011.
- Claus Daniel of the Sustainable Transportation Program has been selected to organize and chair a session on energy storage for the National Academy of Engineering at the next German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (GAFOE), July 2011.
- Larry Walker (ORNL retired), Gerald E. Jellison, and Lynn A. Boatner received the First Place Award in the Natural or Untouched Photograph Category at the 2011 Crystal Photograph Competition held as part of the 1th American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy in Monterey, California July 31, 2011.
- Cam Hubbard, Group Leader, Diffraction & Thermophysical Properties Research Group has been elected a 2011 fellow of ASM International, for exceptional leadership and innovation in applying x-ray and neutron diffraction methods in materials science and for developing a world-class neutron residual stress capability at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source, (June, 2011).
- Mesoporous Carbon for Capacitive Deionization Electrodes for Desalination, developed and jointly submitted by ORNL's Sheng Dai and Richard Mayes of the Chemical Sciences Division, David DePaoli and Costas Tsouris of the Energy and Transportation Science Division, James Kiggans Jr. of the Materials Science and Technology Division, Craig Blue, director of the Energy Materials Program, Charles Schaich of the Measurment Science and Systems Engineering Division, former post doctoral researcher Xiquing Wang and Frederic W. Seamon III of Campbell Applied Physics, 2011.
- Self-assembled, Ferromagnetic-Insulator Nanocomposites for Ultrahigh-Density Data Storage, developed and submitted by Amit Goyal, Junsoo Shin, Claudia Cantoni and James Thompson of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, 2011.
- CermaClad, jointly developed and submitted by MesoCoat of Euclid, Ohio, EMTEC, an international company with headquarters in Springfield, N.J. and ORNL. The ORNL team consists of Craig Blue, director of the Energy Materials Program, Art Clemons of the Energy Materials Program, Nancy Dudney, Chad Duty, David Harper, Adrian Sabau and Vinod Sikka of the Materials Science and Technology Division, Ron Ott of the Energy and Transportation Science Division and John Rivard of the Global Security Directorate, 2011.
- New Stainless Steel Alloy Tooling for High Temperature Presses that Form Aircraft Components, developed and jointly submitted by Roman Pankiw, Don Voke and Alberto Jablonski of Duraloy Technologies and an ORNL team consisting of Govindarajan Muralidharan, Phil Maziasz, Neal Evans, Mike Santella, Chris Stevens, Jackie Mayotte, Ed Kenik (retired), Vinod Sikka (retired) and Ken Liu, 2011.
- Dr. Claus Daniel as the new Deputy Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program, effective June 1, 2011. Dr. Daniel moves to this position from the Materials Science and Technology Division where he has most notably helped build and lead ORNL’s battery research for vehicles and industrial technologies. Claus joined ORNL in 2005 as a Wigner Fellow after he received his Ph.D. from Saarland University in Germany in Materials Sciences. He has a Joint Faculty Appointment in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education and an Adjunct Appointment in Materials Sciences at the University of Tennessee, and was recipient of the ORNL Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishments in 2009. Claus succeeds Mr. Keith Kahl in the Deputy Director position, who has been appointed to lead the Transportation Systems Research Group in the Energy and Transportation Science Division. In addition to working with the program staff and participants in the duties of Deputy Director, Claus will continue as Sustainable Transportation Program lead on battery research and his outstanding abilities in materials science will be particularly applied to strengthen ORNL’s leadership in materials research for advanced vehicles. (June 20, 2011).
- Kevin Rhodes received the Margaret C. Etter Student Lecture Award from the American Crystollograpic Associations Powder Diffraction Special Interest Group, based on his abstract submission to the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association. Kevin’s oral presentation “In situ XRD of Li(Mn1.5Ni0.5)O4Cathodes for Lithium Ion Batteries During Formation and Operation Cycles” (June 2011).
- The AFA alloy family was licensed by Carpenter Technology Corporation (CTC), a $2.2 billion market capitalization manufacturer of specialty alloys based in Wyomissing, Pa. AFA scale-up activities with CTC in 2010-2011 included a successful 10,000 lb trial production heat and demonstration of manufacture of AFA steels in foil, sheet, plate, and tubular product forms needed for multiple markets and applications. Inventors are Michael Brady, Yukinori Yamamoto, Phil Maziasz, Michael Santella, and Bruce Pint (March 2011).
- Tim Burchell received the HTR 2010 Best Paper/Presentation Award for his contributions to the HTR 2010 conference last October in Prague were selected for one of the four awards (June 1, 2011).
- Mike Miller received the 2011 Distinguished Award for "outstanding contributions in the fields of materials science and engineering" at the Eighth International Workshop on Intermetallics and Advanced Materials in Changsha, China (May 31, 2011).
- James Hemrick has received the ACerS/NICE Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Awardfrom the American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (May 24, 2011).
- The LEED Existing Building project received an EStar Award, and the Energy & Fleet Management received an honorable mentionfor "ORNL's Goes Beyond Comprehensive Energy and Fleet Management to Comprehensive Sustainability Management nomination. Only 15 EStar Awards and 3 EStar Honorable Mentions were nominated from 186 nomination. Those being recognized by DOE HQ are the following:
- Bryant, Ann R.; Hodges, Hurtis Undra; Hudey, Bryce D.; Miller, Kerry D.; Milun, Brandy G.; Butler, Jerry Lee; Costanzo, Odie; Cox, Dana Lynn; Curran, Scott; Forstrom, Jonathan Mark; Hensley Jr, John E.; Huff, Shean P.; Roberts, Nina Jean; Settles, Katherine E.; Shelton, Jeff H.; Theiss, Timothy J.; Tullock, Darrell Lynn; Nafziger, Eric J.; Wade, James; Smelcer, Doug; Lawson, Joan W.; Maxey, L. Curt; Baker, Frederick S.; Bhave, Ramesh R.; Bunting, Bruce G.; Dale, Virginia H.; Graham, Robin Lambert; Keller, Martin; Narula, Chaitanya Kumar; Tuskan, Gerald A.; Gilna, Paul; Davidson, Diane (May 19, 2011).
- Andy Wereszczak has been elected as Fellow of American Ceramic Society (ACerS) (April 29, 2011)
- Randy Nanstad has been elected as Fellow of American Nuclear Society (ANS) (April 28, 2011)
- The Annual International Conference on Wear of Materials has decided to name their best poster award after Peter Blau (March 11, 2011).
- Dongwon Shin received 2011 Young Leader Professional Development Award from the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) (March 9, 2011).
- Stephen Pennycook has been elected as MRS Fellow 2011.
- Stephen Pennycook has received the Hsun Lee Lecture Awards from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (February 11, 2011).
- MSTD Team wins national Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) award (January 5, 2011)
- "Flexible Thin-Film Solar Photovoltaics on RABiTS," was developed in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrate, or RABiTS, technology portfolio, developed at ORNL, is a flexible metal foil that provides a platform for an entire generation of today's high-temperature superconducting materials and products. ORNL and NREL teamed to license their technologies to Ampulse Corporation, a venture-backed startup in Golden, CO. The combination of RABiTS with NREL's work in depositing crystalline silicone onto various substrates offers promise in flexible, highly efficient, low-cost and durable photovoltaic materials. The Laser-Induced Fluorescence Fiber-Optic Measurement of Fuel in Oil technology enables real-time measurements of the amount of fuel contamination in oil in an operating engine. Fuel contamination can thin the oil, lower its lubricating ability, and can lead to higher engine wear, increased oil consumption, and in extreme cases, engine failure. The ORNL team included Parans Paranthaman, Lee Heatherly, Sung-Hun Wee, Claudia Cantoni, Daniela Bogorin, Kyunghoon Kim, Fred List, Tolga Aytug, Amit Goyal, Dominic Lee, Frank Damiano and Mark Reeves.
- MSTD wins three of the first Gordon Battelle Awards -
- "Studies of iron-based high-temperature superconductors."ORNL has applied its distinctive capabilities in neutron scattering, chemistry, physics and computation to detailed studies of the magnetic excitations of new iron-based superconductors, yielding new insights into the relationship between magnetism and superconductivity. Key ORNL team members include principal investigator Mark D. Lumsden, Douglas L. Abernathy, Andrew D. Christianson, Clarina R. De la Cruz, Mau-Hua Du, Rongying Jin, Gregory J. MacDougall, Michael A. McGuire, David Mandrus, Herbert A. Mook Jr., Stephen E. Nagler, Athena Safa-Sefat, Brian C. Sales, David J. Singh, and Matthew B. Stone. The team selected Vine Middle Performing Arts and Science Magnet School in Knoxville, Tenn., to receive the school donation.
- "Low cost carbon fiber and composites."ORNL's planned Carbon Fiber and Composites Technology Center will be used to demonstrate and evaluate new low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing processes and technologies at the pilot scale. The CFCTC will enable ORNL and its industry partners to develop carbon fiber and composite materials using multiple precursors. The new center will serve as a bridge from research to commercialization, supporting both new and existing U.S. carbon fiber and composite manufacturers and generating new high-paying manufacturing jobs in the United States. Key ORNL team members include Craig Blue, Ray Boeman, Mohamed, Fred Baker, Rebecca Brown, Kelby Cassity, Cliff Eberle, Nidia Gallego, Marcus Hunt, Amit Naskar,Ronny Lomax, Bob Norris, Soydan Ozcan, Felix Paulauskas, Tomonori Saito, Fred Vautard, Dave Warren, Daniel Webb, Fue Xiong and Ken Yarborough. The team selected Roane State Community College's Advanced Materials Training and Education Center in Harriman, Tenn., to receive the school donation.
- "Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Program." The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Program, made up of a team of researchers from ORNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Babcock & Wilcox and General Atomics, re-established coated particle fuel fabrication technology after a decade-long hiatus by applying modern scientific techniques to fabricate and test high-quality coated particle fuel in cylindrical compacts, which set a new world record for high temperature gas reactor fuel performance. ORNL research staff on the team were Gary Bell, John Hunn, Richard Lowden and Peter Pappano. The team selected selected Maynard Elementary School of Knoxville, Tenn., to receive the school donation.
- Gerard Ludtka has been invited by ASM International to serve on the 2011 ASM Nominating Committee (January 28, 2011).
- Hans Christen will assume the role of ORNL manager for the Materials Sciences & Engineering Program of Basic Energy Sciences, effective Feb. 1. Hans will report to Physical Sciences ALD Michelle Buchanan. He will also continue as leader for the Thin Films and Nanostructures group in the Materials Science & Technology Division, reporting to Gene Ice in this capacity (January 18, 2011)
- Lynn Boatner has been appointed to the American Physical Society, Committee on Membership for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2013 (January 11, 2011).