ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed
for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists
and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development
to create scientific knowledge solutions that strengthen the nation's
leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability
of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment;
and contribute to national security.
ORNL also performs other work for the Department of Energy, including
isotope production, information management, and technical program
management, and provides research and technical assistance to
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.
Cameron Roberts, a recent High Flux Isotope Reactor visiting research user, stands out from the usual queue of university academics, industry R&D staff, and DOE scientists -- this user is a junior in high school.
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.