Thursday, April 7, 2016
ORNL in the News

Team tracks how halogen atoms compete to grow 'winning' perovskites

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a potential path to further improve solar cell efficiency by understanding the competition among halogen atoms during the synthesis of sunlight-absorbing crystals...4/6

'Water Magnets' Developed at U of G Turned into Novel Skin Creams

(Morning Post Exchange) ...John Dutcher and his team, along with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, studied the unusual structure and properties of water held inside the nanoparticles...4/6

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2016

(EurekAlert) TRANSPORTATION - Navigating around disasters...NANOSCIENCE - Novel spectroscopy by using aberrations...ENERGY - Tumbling clothes drying costs...ENVIRONMENT - Aquatic obstacles...4/5

Researchers develop 20KW wireless charging system for electric vehicles

(ABR) ...ORNL power electronics team lead Madhu Chinthavali said: "We have set a path forward that started with solid engineering, design, scale-up and integration into several Toyota vehicles. We now have a technology that is moving closer to being ready for the market."...4/6

Science and Technology

'Fiery serpent' supercomputer performs 250 billion operations per second

(PhysOrg) The hybrid cluster Xiuhcoatl at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) performs 250 trillion operations per second. The potential of this supercomputer is now available to researchers, companies and industry, as well as institutions from the public sector that require processing of large volumes of information...4/6

Energy and Science Policy

35 Nobel Laureates Urge Further Reductions in Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

(AIP) In a letter addressed to attendees of the Nuclear Security Summit occurring this week, a group of 35 Nobel laureates urge transition away from use of highly enriched uranium in naval and research reactors and encourage development of non-radioactive alternatives to certain radioisotopes used in medical and research applications...4/1


U.S. and Israeli Energy Ministers Sign New Energy Agreement

( The Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, this morning signed an amendment to an existing agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure that will further enhance cooperation between the two countries...4/4

NREL, SLAC scientists pinpoint solar cell manufacturing process

(EurekAlert) Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to pinpoint for the first time what happens during a key manufacturing process of silicon solar cells...4/5

Local and State

Space nuclear power to be topic at FORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Lou Qualls of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate will be the guest speaker at the April 12 lunch meeting of Friends of ORNL. His topic will be, “Space Nuclear Power.” The meeting is open to the public...4/6

Council to consider contract to evaluate water plant 

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday will consider hiring an engineering company to evaluate the city’s 70-year-old water plant. There are questions about whether Oak Ridge and the U.S. Department of Energy should continue to invest money in the water plant, build a new one at a new site, or consider other alternatives...4/5