Tuesday, October 17, 2017
ORNL in the News

Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics

(Nanotechnology Now) ...A team of scientists, led by An-Ping Li at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has developed an innovative microscopy technique to detect the spin of electrons in topological insulators, a new kind of quantum material that could be used in applications such as spintronics and quantum computing...10/15

3D palladiumFirst pentagonal 2D material unveiled

(Chemistry World) By exfoliating bulk crystals of palladium(IV) selenide, chemists have prepared the first ever pentagonal 2D material...Kai Xiao from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, explains that his group was attracted by palladium diselenide’s ‘unique puckered pentagonal building blocks, unsimilar to current 2D materials’...10/10

Strangpresse licenses ORNL extruder tech for high-volume additive manufacturing

(EurekAlert) Ohio-based Strangpresse has exclusively licensed additive manufacturing-related extruder technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that can quickly print hundreds of pounds of polymer material...10/13

Flat MagnetsSurprisingly ultraflat magnets

(ChemEurope) ..Researchers at Rice, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Southern California (USC) and Kumamoto University in Japan used chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to make atom-thick sheets and, in the same step, tailor their properties by adding other elements through a process known as doping....10/13

Science and Technology

NASA’s ion thruster breaks power & propulsion records

(RT News) NASA's newest ion thruster has broken previous records of generating maximum power and propulsion in its latest test, suggesting the technology may become the future of deep space exploration...10/16

Energy and Science Policy

Weather-company chief is Trump's pick to lead climate agency

(Nature News) Barry Myers, the chief executive of weather-forecasting firm AccuWeather, is US President Donald Trump’s pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the White House said on 11 October...10/12

DOE

Swiss Team Wins U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

(Energy.gov) Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons announced the winning team of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 today in Denver, Colorado. The Swiss Team took first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency...10/14

Energy Department announces new energy reduction projects between U.S. and China businesses

(American Journal of Transportation) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced new projects between American and Chinese companies to collaborate and showcase successful models that can help industry adapt to new approaches and build business opportunities...10/13

PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks

(EurekAlert!) A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from taking place...10/13

Local and State

Tennessee wildfire season starts Sunday

(WTLV) Tennessee forestry officials said outdoor burning permits will be required as the state heads into wildfire season. The Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry said in a news release that the wildfire season runs from Sunday until May 15. Burn permits are issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. Permits are issued free of charge.