Thursday, October 13, 2016
ORNL in the News

Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

(PhysOrg) In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous...10/12

How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into Assets

( Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings...10/12

ORNL, UT celebrating Bioenergy Day with free event for elementary, middle school students

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee are celebrating Bioenergy Day 2016 with a free event designed to engage elementary kids and middle schools, inviting them to investigate the world of bioenergy...10/10

Composites Startup First To License ORNL's Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber

(Design News) In April, we told you about a new carbon fiber production method invented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory that's said to be faster, cheaper, and greener. The lab was taking licensing applications, and now has its first licensing partner for commercial production of the fiber and carbon composites based on it...10/13

Oak Ridge Scientists Are Writing Code That Not Even The World's Fastest Computers Can Run (Yet)

(Nashville Public Radio) Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are starting to build applications for a supercomputer that might not go live for another seven years...10/10

Science and Technology

Scientists call for greater say on global plan for future cities

(PhysOrg) An urban environment expert at The Australian National University (ANU) is among leading scientists calling for a greater say on a new international plan for cities of the future, ahead of a major United Nations conference next week.10/13



Energy and Science Policy

Oil glut isn't holding back energy efficiency gains, IEA says

(Bloomberg) ...Energy intensity, which measures the amount of fuel consumed per unit of gross domestic product, fell 1.8 percent last year, triple the average rate over the past decade and more than the 1.5 percent reduction in 2014, the Paris-based IEA said Monday. Investment in efficiency measures totaled $221 billion last year, about 66 percent more than was spent on building conventional power generation...10/10


Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties

(EurekAlert) Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency...10/11

Quantum-Dot Solar Windows Evolve With ‘Doctor-Blade' Spreading

(Photonics Online) A Los Alamos National Laboratory research team demonstrates an important step in taking quantum dot, solar-powered windows from the laboratory to the construction site. Scaling up to full window size proves successful for energy-producing windows...10/11

Local and State

Oak Ridge carbon fiber plant expansion to bring 242 jobs to Roane County

(WATE-TV) ...LeMond Composites is located at 103 Palladium Way in Oak Ridge, adjacent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Carbon Fiber Technology Facility. The new technology is licensed from ORNL and according to Randy Boyd, “has the potential to transform the automotive and aerospace industries as well as renewable energy and infrastructure markets.”...10/12

Propulsion lab propels new research with rich history

(UT Daily Beacon) Through the quiet atmosphere that surrounds Tullahoma, Tennessee, an occasional disturbance breaks the silence, shaking buildings, causing wildlife to flee and grabbing the attention of those around. For researchers in the UT Space Institute propulsion lab, it is just another day of testing...10/13

Broadband Access In Tennessee

(WUOT) Many of us take the internet for granted but for some people, no high-speed internet access could close the door to economic and personal growth, from job applications to online college courses...10/5