DOE laboratories operate many of the nation’s most sophisticated
research facilities, including the nation’s largest high performance computing
centers, the world’s highest energy proton collider, third-generation
synchrotron light sources and high-flux neutron sources as well as specialized
facilities for microcharacterization, materials synthesis, combustion research,
ion beam studies, and fusion energy research. The agency’s research facilities
have an enormous impact on science and technology ranging from the most
fundamental constituents of matter to superconductor structure and the
production of unique isotopes for defense applications.
Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Washington State University and the University of Idaho have developed a process to make a thermoset that can be reshaped and reused. The new plastic is a shape-memory polymer, so named because the material can 'remember' its original shape and return to it after being deformed with heat or other forces.
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Christopher Kliewer has won a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy's Office of Science for his fundamental science proposal to develop new optical diagnostic tools to study interfacial combustion interactions that are major sources of pollution and vehicle inefficiency.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.