Thursday, April 24, 2014
ORNL in the News

First view of nature-inspired catalyst after ripping hydrogen apart provides insights for better, cheaper fuel cells

(PhysOrg) ...Bullock, Tianbiao "Leo" Liu and their colleagues at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at PNNL, one of DOE's Energy Frontier Research Centers, collaborated with scientists at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to find the lurking proton and hydride...4/24

Atomic switcheroo explains origins of thin-film solar cell mystery

(PhysOrg) Treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves their efficiency, but researchers have not fully understood why. Now, an atomic-scale examination of the thin-film solar cells led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has answered this decades-long debate about the materials' photovoltaic efficiency increase after treatment...4/23

A better look at materials: Anasys acquires ORNL tech

(Knoxville News Sentinel) An advanced technology for imaging materials that was developed at ORNL has been licensed to Anasys Instruments Corp, of Santa Barbara, Calif. According to information released by the Oak Ridge lab, the technology allows researchers to simultaneously assess the physical and chemical properties of materials — combining the power of atomic force microscopy and mass spectrometry...4/22

ClimateMaster Wins 2013 R&D 100 Award for Trilogy Q-Mode Geothermal Heat Pump

(RetroFit Magazine) ...The ClimateMaster Trilogy Q-Mode, developed collaboratively with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, received the 2013 R&D 100 Award in the “Energy Technology” category, and was evaluated on its design, development, testing and production elements...4/23

Science and Technology

How a lab accident could revolutionize energy storage

(CS Monitor) A happy accident four years ago has led nanotechnology researchers to develop a cheap, simple way of making ultracapacitors, which store large amounts of energy in compact spaces...4/23

Phase transiting to a new quantum universe

(PhysOrg) Recent insight and discovery of a new class of quantum transition opens the way for a whole new subfield of materials physics and quantum technologies...4/24

Energy and Science Policy

Foster Bill Supports the Development of Open Source STEM Education Materials

(AIP) ...The bill would require federal agencies to develop freely available and open source educational materials for use in college-level physics, chemistry, and mathematics courses...4/23

The Brutal Bust in Next-Generation Biofuels in One Chart

(The Atlantic) The U.S. government finally faces the fact that we won't be powering our cars with corncobs any time soon...4/23


Staff size at Y-12, Pantex could be reduced through voluntary separations

(Oak Ridge Today) The staff size at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge and Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, could be reduced as a new federal contractor takes over...4/23

Jim Haynes defends UPF design team

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jim Haynes, president of Consolidated Nuclear Security (and senior VP of B&W Y-12), had a lot of good things to say about the design team for the Uranium Processing Facility...4/22

Huntsville-area companies gather for chance to work on $6.5B uranium facility in Tennessee

( The prospect of working on a $6.5 billion Uranium Processing Facility in eastern Tennessee brought more than 120 area companies to a supplier forum at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County this morning...4/23

Energy Secretary Moniz Appears Before House and Senate Appropriators

(AIP) ...Most of the questions addressed to Moniz concerned the programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration, energy production, and the construction management of large DOE projects...4/23

Local and STate

Best High Schools in Tennessee

(U.S. News & World Report) Of the Tennessee schools in the 2014 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, four were awarded gold medals, 13 earned silver medals and 71 received bronze medals. The two top-ranked schools in Tennessee are located in the state capital of Nashville...4/24

UT Arboretum to have presentation on bats on Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Gerry Middleton, a biologist who has studied bats extensively, will present a slide show at the Visitor’s Center to discuss his two-year study of Arboretum bats. Using his “bat detector,” he will take the group outside to look for the nocturnal creatures...4/23

UAW's Stand-Down In Tennessee May Preface Its Ultimate Demise

(Forbes) ...The union’s decision this week to stop contesting the vote in Chattanooga comprises a strategic rather than merely tactical retreat, representing nothing less than the UAW’s concession that it will never organize a foreign-owned auto plant in this country...4/23