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UT-ORNL: Small Nanoparticles Have Surprisingly Big Effects on Polymer Nanocomposites

Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team of scientists, including UT’s Alexei Sokolov, tried to verify

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News Sentinel Highlights Smith Research on Combating ‘Superbugs’

The Knoxville News Sentinel highlighted the research of Jeremy Smith, which involves the use of supercomputer simulations to help discover a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance. He is conducting the research with a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Zawodzinski Keeps Focus on Research Amid Mounting Honors

Tom Zawodzinski, joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, has earned one of the highest honors in his field—being named a fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Science Division.

UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials

Thanks to ongoing research being led in part by Art Ragauskas, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, an answer to how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production— could be just over the horizon.

UT-ORNL Nuclear Expert Wirth Honored in Washington, DC

Nuclear energy expert Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a Washington, DC, ceremony Thursday night.

Advanced Composites Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

The position of UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as leaders in the manufacturing revolution has taken another bold step forward with the hiring of Uday Vaidya as the Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing.