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  • Four ORNL scientists selected for early career research funding
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2015 - Four researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among 44 scientists selected by DOE's Office of Science to receive funding under the department's Early Career Research Program.
  • ORNL microscopy directly images problematic lithium dendrites in batteries
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2015 - Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries. The ORNL team’s electron microscopy could help researchers address long-standing issues related to battery performance and safety.
  • New, current, completed Wigner fellows recognized - Michael Naguib, sponsored by Nancy Dudney; Michael Chance, sponsored by Lynn Boatner; and Xunxiang Hu, sponsored by Yutai Katoh, all of the Materials Science & Technology Division. The annual Wigner Fellowship reception was held on March 12 to recognize the new and current Wigner fellows along with Wigner fellows who recently completed their fellowship appointment.

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  • Yutai Katoh, elected as an ANS Fellow (2015).
  • MSTD's stainless steel tech wins NACE International award - ORNL Today 4/6/15 - Researchers from the Materials Science & Technology Division have won the NACE International 2015 Materials Performance, Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award. The team includes Michael Brady, Yakinori Yamamoto, Bruce Pint, Govindarajan Muralidharan and Philip Maziasz. Together with Carpenter Technology Corporation, the ORNL group helped develop a stainless steel alloy that provides advanced corrosion-resistance properties in high-temperature industrial environments. Alumina-forming austenitic stainless steels, as they're known, offer this capability without the abandoning the lower cost, weldability and formability of conventional high-temperature stainless steels. The technology received an R&D 100 award in 2009. The team was formally recognized at NACE International's 2015 Conference in Dallas, Texas.
  • April 2, 2015 - The Advanced Photon Source Users Organization is excited to announce that the 2015 APS Arthur H. Compton Award has been awarded to Gene Ice, Bennett Larson, and Cullie Sparks (posthumously). This award recognizes an important scientific or technical accomplishment at, or beneficial to, the APS. The award citation reads, “The 2015 APS Arthur H. Compton Award is given jointly to Gene Ice, Bennett Larson, and Cullie Sparks for seminal developments advancing spatially and temporally resolved synchrotron x-ray capabilities.”
    The selection committee reviewed several excellent nominations this year. The nominating and support statements for the Ice/Larson/Sparks team made clear the importance of their work: “This nomination recognizes breakthroughs that have had transformative impacts on focusing monochromators, on submicron 3D spatial resolution x-ray microscopy, and on high-time-resolution scientific investigations at the Advanced Photon Source and synchrotrons worldwide.
    The award will be presented at the APS Plenary Session, Monday, May 11 at 1:55 pm at the 2015 APS/CNM Users Meeting, followed by a talk. Congratulations once again to this year's winners! More information about the Compton award can be found at


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  • Materials - Efficient catalysts - January 13, 2015 - Reduction of pollution from vehicles and power plants relies, in large part, on how effectively catalysts can oxidize nitric oxide (NO). Advancing such catalyst performance requires a better understanding of the noble metals used in catalytic converters.


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Archived Honors & Awards 2014

  • ORNL Next Big Ideas winners: Electrofermentation, Bio-oil catalysts, Flexoelectric generators - Bio-oil catalysts - Andrew Lepore, pitched the revolutionary catalyst technologies, which would convert biomass into bio-oil. Taking red mud, a waste materials from aluminum production, the combination of red mud and biomass would produce the bio-oil as another possible alternative fuel source. Flexoelectric generators - Jiawang Hong - Flexoelectric generators would increase power production for iPhones and similar devices. The flexoelectric process would replace the piezo process now used to power these types of devises (2014).
  • Army Research and Development Achievement Award - James Klett - The team contributed to Army research on suppressor technology for military automatic weapons and light machine guns that reduces the sound dentitled from firing a gun, which makes the service member harder to detect by the enemy (2014).
  • August 2014 Cover and Featured Article, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 97, Issue 8, 4 Aug 2014 (pg 1l), Silicon Carbide Oxidaqtion in Steam up to 2 MPs," by Kurt Terrani, Bruce Pint, Chad Parish, Chinthaka Silva, Lance Snead, and Yutai Katoh (2014).
  • April 2014 Cover and Featured Article, Advanced Materials and Processes (AMP), Materials Testing & Characterization, "Determining Ductile Fracture Toughness in Metals," by Xiang (Frank) Chen, Randy Nanstad, Mikhail Sokolov, and Eric Manneschmidt (2014).
  • Allied 2015 Calendar Cover, Lead Titanate Single Crystal Surface Morphology - Circular - DIC, Lynn Boatner (2014).
  • Atom-Probe Tomography, 2014, XVII, 423, p.182, Illus, 62 Illus, in color, Springer, by Michael K. Miller, R.G. Forbes (2014).
  • Strain and Dislocation Gradients from Diffraction, 2014, Imperial College Press, by Rozaliva Barabash and Gene Ice (2014).
  • Postdoc Mishra's poster one of best of complex oxides workshop - ORNL postdoc Rohan Mishra and the Materials S&T Division's Albina Borisevich attended the 21st International Workshop on Complex Oxides at Bolton Landing, N.Y., recently. Rohan presented a poster titled, "Interplay between oxygen vacancies and ferroelectricity in complex oxides," a collaboration by Rohan, Albina, Young-Min Kim, Juan Salafranca, Seong Keun Kim, Seo Hyoung Chang, Anand Bhattacharya, Dillon Fong, Anna Morozovska, Eugene Eliseev, Mark Oxley, Sverre Selbach, Tor Grande, Sergei Kalinin, Stephen Pennycook and Sokrates Pantelides. The poster was judged one of the four best of the show from a total of 133 posters..10/6/14.
  • 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 - Lance 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.
  • Winner of ARPA-E proposal for new "Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems - REBELS" program, Thomas Zawodzinski, principal investigator of $2,750,000 award - In Nanocomposite Electrodes for a Solid Acid Fuel Cell Stack, ORNL will redesign a fuel cell electrode that operates at 250 degrees C using highly porous carbon nanostructures that dramatically increase the amount of surface area, lowering the amount of expensive platinum catalysts used in the cell (2014).
  • Juan Carlos Idrobo - 2014 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corporation, for his groundbreaking research in scanning transmission electron microscopy of 2D materials (2014).
  • Cristian Contescu - Elected as Member of Advisory Committee of the American Carbon Society 2013-2019.
  • Kinga Unocic, Elected as TMS Vice-Chair of the Women in Science (WIS) Committee.
  • 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
  • Bill Peter, Knoxville News Sentinel's "Forty under Forty" Award for young leaders in the area Award, for his additive manufacturing work with the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and his record three R&D 100 Awards in a single year. (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.
  • Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology - OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2014 - (Chaitanya Narula) Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.
  • 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.