Public Release: 22-Jul-2015
Nature Communications ORNL researchers make scalable arrays of 'building blocks' for ultrathin electronics
For the first time, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined a novel synthesis process with commercial electron-beam lithography techniques to produce arrays of semiconductor junctions in arbitrary patterns within a single, nanometer-thick semiconductor crystal. The process transforms patterned regions of one existing, single-layer crystal into another. The two semiconductor crystals formed sharp junctions, the desired building blocks of electronics. Nature Communications reports the accomplishment.
DOE/Office of Science, National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ecuador
Public Release: 16-Jul-2015 New pilot helps small businesses tap ORNL expertise
Small companies in the advanced manufacturing, transportation and building sectors have a new opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Public Release: 10-Jul-2015
Science Advances Neutrons find 'missing' magnetism of plutonium
Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium's magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe.
Public Release: 7-Jul-2015
Physical Review D The ins and outs of QCD
Robert Edwards, a researcher and senior staff member at the Jefferson Lab, is the principal investigator for a team researching the energy spectrum of exotic meson resonances.
The main goal of Edwards' ALCC project is give theoretical underpinnings to the 12-GeV upgrade project and Glue-X photon detector set to open in JLAB's new HallD.
US Department of Energy
Public Release: 24-Jun-2015
Angewandte Chemie International Edition Silica 'spiky screws' could enhance industrial coatings, additive manufacturing
It took marine sponges millions of years to perfect their spike-like structures, but research mimicking these formations may soon alter how industrial coatings and 3-D printed objects are produced.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Laboratory Directed Research and Development program
Public Release: 18-Jun-2015
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry New tool on horizon for surgeons treating cancer patients
Surgeons could know while their patients are still on the operating table if a tissue is cancerous, according to researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Public Release: 3-Jun-2015
31st International Fuel Ethanol Workshop BESC, Mascoma develop revolutionary microbe for biofuel production
Biofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.
Public Release: 3-Jun-2015 US joins the world in a new era of research at the Large Hadron Collider
Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider started recording data from the highest-energy particle collisions achieved on Earth. This new data will enable an international collaboration to study the Higgs boson, search for dark matter and develop a more complete understanding of the laws of nature. Oak Ridge National Laboratory led an equipment upgrade for LHC's A Large Ion Collider Experiment, which aims to learn more about conditions of the early universe.
Public Release: 11-May-2015
Journal of Materials Chemistry C ORNL superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits
A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and many other products.
Public Release: 1-May-2015
American Chemical Society ORNL researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument
ORNL scientists combined atomic force microscopy and mass spectrometry into one instrument that can probe a polymer sample in three dimensions and overlay information about the topography of its surface, the atomic-scale mechanical behavior of the bulk sample, and subsurface chemistry. Their results are published in ACS Nano.
Public Release: 6-Apr-2015 US scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider
After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulate around the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led an eight-year upgrade of the electromagnetic calorimeter used for LHC's experiment called ALICE (for A Large Ion Collider Experiment). This detector measures the energies of high-energy electrons and gamma rays to learn more about the conditions of the early universe.
Public Release: 1-Apr-2015 Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2015
By studying fish and invertebrates in a creek with known mercury contamination, researchers are gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the toxin in the stream and bioaccumulation in organisms. While mercury concentrations in East Fork Poplar Creek in Oak Ridge, Tenn., have decreased significantly over the last 30 years, levels in tissue from fish have remained the same or increased. To understand why, a team led by Monica Poteat of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is examining the intricacies of the food chain and the biodiversity of the stream at locations about 10 kilometers apart.
Public Release: 25-Mar-2015
Nature Nanotechnology ORNL-led team demonstrates desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane
Desalination is an energy-intensive process, which concerns those wanting to expand its application. Now, a team of experimentalists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated an energy-efficient desalination technology that uses a porous membrane made of strong, slim graphene -- a carbon honeycomb one atom thick. The results are published in the March 23 advance online issue of Nature Nanotechnology.
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