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  • Initiative partners students with companies licensing technologies
    (The Knoxville News Sentinel) Tony Bova said he hopes one day to start his own company bringing biobased technologies to market...Bova has been working with ORNL researcher Amit Naskar, who developed the lignin-derived plastic technology as well as Adam McCall, president and CEO of TennEra LLC, which has filed a licensing agreement for its exclusive use...9/28/14
  • ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - (Claudia Cantoni) - New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism. ..8/21/14

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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 2014

  • 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
  • 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) ( 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)(Oak Ridge News Aug.13, 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.
  • MSTD wins two out of eight ORNL R&D 100s - ORNL Today, July 11, 2014 - Ionic Liquid Anti-wear Additives for Fuel-efficient Engine Lubricants was 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; Super-hydro-tunable HiPAS Membranes were developed by ORNL. Inventors were Michael Hu, Matthew Sturgeon, Ramesh Bhave, Brian Bischoff, Tolga Aytug and Tim Theiss.
  • 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.
  • Hemrick receives ASM International Silver Medal, ORNL Today, June 23, 2014 - James Hemrick of the Materials Science & Technology Division is the co-recipient of the 2014 ASM International Silver Medal Award, a major honor bestowed by the society. The award recognizes two mid-career researchers each year (one from academia and one from industry) who have filled leadership roles in the society and made significant contributions in materials science and engineering. Hemrick received his doctorate in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). His research focuses on advanced refractory ceramic and insulation materials, mechanical properties of ceramics and other high temperature materials and mechanical evaluation of nuclear fuel clad materials
  • Gehin, Terrani, Snead lauded by ANS - ORNL Today - June 23, 2014 - Jess Gehin and Kurt Terrani of the Nuclear Science & Engineering Directorate and Lance Snead of the Physical Science Directorate are the recipients of the 2012 American Nuclear Society Materials Science and Technology Division Significant Contribution Award. The trio won the award for a presentation about fully ceramic microencapsulated fuels in light water reactors. The topical meeting in which the researchers won the award, Nuclear Fuels and Structural Materials for the Next Generation Nuclear Reactors, meets once every two years.
  • ORNL, CINCINNATI cited at 3D printing conference, ORNL Today - June 23, 2014 - ORNL and CINCINNATI, Inc., won the Innovation Award at the RAPID Conference recently for their Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM, technology. RAPID is an industry-leading conference of additive manufacturing businesses and 3D printing support services. "Terry Wohlers and Todd Grimm are two of the biggest consultants in the field and are both very complimentary of ORNL's efforts," says the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility's Chad Duty. ORNL and CINCINNATI have partnered to commercialize an additive manufacturing machine that can print large polymer components as much as 10 times larger than conventional machines.
  • Snead named Corporate Fellow, ORNL Today, June 23, 2014 - Snead is an associate division director of the Materials Science and Technology Division.
  • ORNL lands two EFRCs: one renewed, one new, ORNL Today, June 23, 2014- A new award went to the Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE) Center, led by Yanwen Zhang in the Materials S&T Division.
  • Jun Qu, DOE Vehicle Technologies Award, for research achievements in ionic liquid lubricants and additives, June 18, 2014.
  • Chad Duty, The Innovation Award for work on Big Area Additive Manufacturing, from RAPID 2014, A showcase for innovation and creativity, June 18, 2014.
  • Delaire's proposal wins DOE Early Career Research Award - ORNL Today, May 20, 2014 - Olivier Delaire, a staff scientist in the Scattering & Thermophysics group in the Materials Science & Technology Division , has been selected to receive a DOE Office of Science Early Career Award.
  • Zinkle Named American Physical Society Fellow - Jan. 3, 2014, Tennessee Today) Steven Zinkle, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Nuclear Materials, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Zinkle was named for his significant contributions to the fundamental understanding of radiation effects in metallic and ceramic materials...1/3
  • Hans Christen named CNMS director - Jan. 3, 2014, Hans Christen has been named director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, effective Jan. 1.