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
A team of researchers from ORNL and Colorado State University developed a U-tube gas flow cell to study catalysts and better understand how facilitate chemical reactions. With this cell integrated into a new sample environment, they can combine neutron diffraction and isotope analysis techniques to view catalytic behavior under realistic operating conditions.
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.