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    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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Archived News Releases for 2014

  1. 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. MSTD wins two out of eight wins.
  2. Understanding heat flows is focus of DOE Early Career Award winner Delaire - June 20, 2014 — Olivier Delaire, a scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has won a prestigious Early Career Award from DOE’s Office of Science to study how heat propagates, or moves, through matter at an atomic level.
  3. Snead named Corporate Fellow, ORNL Today - June 23, 2014 - Snead is an associate division director of the Materials Science and Technology Division
  4. 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.
  5. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Launches Imaging Institute, OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 23, 2014—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials to accelerate discovery, design and deployment of new materials.
  6. ORNL leads new ARPA-E program, partners on another, ORNL Today, June 23, 2014 - ARPA-E last week announced proposal winners for its new "Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems -- REBELS" program. ORNL leads one of the 13 projects awarded. 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. The team will also modify existing fuel processors to operate efficiently at reduced temperatures, and those processors will work in conjunction with the fuel cell to lower costs at the system level. ORNL's innovations will enable efficient distributed electricity generation from domestic fuel sources using less expensive catalysts. Tom Zawodzinski of the Materials S&T Division is principal investigator for the $2,750,000 award. ORNL is partner on another with Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Fuel Cell Tailored for Efficient Utilization of Methane will develop a fuel cell that operates at temperatures less than 500 degrees C by integrating nanostructured materials into all cell components. The Georgia Tech team will fabricate electrodes to directly process methane and develop nanocomposite electrolytes to reduce cell temperature without sacrificing system performance. These advances will enable an efficient, intermediate-temperature fuel cell for distributed generation applications. Jianlin Li of the Energy & Transportation Science Division is ORNL PI on the $1 million award.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Visualizing an electrode(Nanowerk News) - May 18, 2014 (Juan-Carlos Idrobo) A material called sodium manganese dioxide has shown promise for use in electrodes in rechargeable batteries.
  10. Materials - Record-setting wire, May 01, 2014 — An international team of researchers from several Korean institutes, one Australian university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has reported on a performance record in high-temperature superconducting wires.
  11. Xiang (Frank) Chen, made cover of Advanced Materials & Processes (AMP), April 2014, Vol.172, NO 4. Determining Ductile Fracture Toughness in Metals, Randy K.Nanstad, Mikhail A. Sokolov, and Eric Manneschmidt, Ductile fracture toughness testing is useful for evaluation a material's structureal integrity. Three different techniques are explored in this article.
  12. ORNL paper examines clues for superconductivity in an iron-based material - OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 5, 2014- (Athena Safa-Sefat) For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.
  13. Student at Bredesen Center Wins $50,000 ORNL Prize- (Andrew Lepore), working out of the Materials Science and Technology Division through the center, recently won a prestigious ORNL-related prize at the Next Big Idea competition. Lepore is on track to receive his doctorate in 2016.
  14. 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.
  15. ORNL microscopy system delivers real-time view of battery electrochemistry, Feb. 19, 2014 (PhysOrg) Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.
  16. George Pharr elected to National Academy of Engineering, Feb. 10, 2014 (ORNL News Releases) George M. Pharr, a University of Tennessee professor and UT-ORNL joint faculty researcher in the Materials S&T Division, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for development of methods for determining mechanical properties of materials by nanoindentation."
  17. ORNL study advances quest for better superconducting materials
    Nearly 30 years after the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity, many questions remain, but an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is providing insight that could lead to better superconductors.
  18. Unocic serves on TMS Women in Science Committee- Jan. 27, 2014 (ORNL Today) Kinga Unocic has been elected vice-chair of the Women in Science Committee of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. Kinga works in the Materials S&T Division's Novel Materials & Mechanisms group.
  19. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Names 2014 Society Award Winners - Jan. 22, 2014 (Newswise) AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award: Awarded to an author(s) of a paper or series of closely related papers, which represents the most notable contribution to metallurgical science during the period under review. Neal Evans, University of Tennessee Philip J. Maziasz...1/21.
  20. Bill Peter, Associate Division Director, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Jan. 4, 2014, (Knoxville News Sentinel) Bill Peter gets to show off these days the work underway at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that he believes can change the future of manufacturing.
  21. Peter featured in 'Forty under Forty' - Jan. 3, 2014, this year's ORNL delegates to the Knoxville News Sentinel's Forty under Forty list of young leaders in the area.The News Sentinel on-line version has Bill's article here.
  22. 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.
  23. Hans Christen named CNMS director - Jan. 3, 2014 - Hans M. Christen has been named director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, effective Jan. 1. Hans joined ORNL in 2000 and led the Thin Films and Nanostructures group from 2006 to 2013. In 2013, he became associate director within the Materials Science & Technology Division and has managed the DOE Materials Sciences & Engineering Program since 2011.