Monday, March 6, 2017
ORNL in the News

Mason Proved Key Partner for UT During Time at ORNL

(Tennessee Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason announced recently that he will step down from that position effective July 1, the 10th anniversary of his taking the post. Major developments directly involving UT during Mason's time working at and leading ORNL include the launch of the Spallation Neutron Source, the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, and IACMI—The Composites Institute, and the hiring of all but one of the 15 current UT-ORNL Governor's Chairs...3/3

New protocol reduces Li-ion battery formation time by a factor of six

(Charged EVs) A new process developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory could alleviate a bottleneck in battery manufacturing and deliver higher capacity batteries. It also conserves lithium, which improves battery capacity...3/3

Cyber – ORNL hosting conference

(Blackbird Miltech) Three of eight cyber technologies to be showcased at the 12th Annual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference April 4-6 were developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will host the event...3/3

Automated measurement system enhances quality, reduces handling in Pu-238 production

(ChemEurope) Under a collaborative partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy, a new automated measurement system developed at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing handling by workers...3/6

3D HologramsHolograms Have Taken a Giant Leap

(Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine) ...Physicists from the ANU (Australian National University) have developed a device that creates the highest quality holographic images to date. Part of the research took place in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in both the US and China while AUN led the design, the fabrication and the overall optical testing for the device...3/3

Science and Technology

'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior

(Science Daily) Researchers at Tohoku University believe that it is possible for natural diamonds to form at the base of Earth's mantle. The formation of such "super-deep" diamonds was simulated using high-pressure and high-temperature experiments by the Japanese research team, led by Fumiya Maeda...3/2

Energy and Science Policy

President Trump Signs Two Bills Promoting Women in STEM Fields

(AIP) Earlier this week, President Trump signed into law two bills that leverage existing programs at NASA and NSF to promote the advancement of women in STEM fields. Trump’s remarks at the signing constituted his first extemporaneous comments on science policy...3/2

DOE

Perry Sworn in as 14th Secretary of United States Department of Energy

(Energy.gov) Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was sworn in on March 2, 2017, as the 14th Secretary of the United States Department of Energy. "It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. As Secretary, I will advocate and promote American energy in all forms. America has been blessed with vast natural resources and the technology to utilize them...3/2

After Senate confirms Perry as energy secretary, Alexander invites him to Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The United States Senate has confirmed former Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as U.S. energy secretary, and Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, has invited him to Oak Ridge. The Thursday afternoon vote to confirm Perry was 62 to 37. Alexander was one of the 62 senators voting to confirm Perry. So was Senator Bob Corker, also a Tennessee Republican...3/2

The GeysersNew Projects to Make Geothermal Energy More Economically Attractive

(Berkeley Lab News Center) Geothermal energy, a clean, renewable source of energy produced by the heat of the earth, provides about 6 percent of California’s total power. That number could be much higher if associated costs were lower. Now scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have launched two California Energy Commission-funded projects aimed at making geothermal energy more cost-effective to deploy and operate...3/1

Local and State

Thermographic MirostructureNature Publishes UT Graduate Student’s Work

(Tennessee Today) UT has rapidly become a leader in advanced manufacturing through interdisciplinary research focusing on both science and technology of manufacturing. So it shouldn't be a surprise that a researcher working with both UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory had his work published in Nature's highly regarded Scientific Reports...3/3

Haslam: Return gas tax element to transportation proposal

(WATE TV) Gov. Bill Haslam is lauding lawmakers for advancing his plan to begin tackling Tennessee’s more than $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects, but the Republican wants to see his bill returned to its original form that includes boosting funding through fuel tax increases...3/2