Oak Ridge National Laboratory News

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 Study: Calcium-48’s ‘Neutron Skin’ Thinner Than Previously Thought


An international team led by joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory faculty used America’s most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to calculate the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of twenty protons and twenty-eight neutrons. Computing the nucleus revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions—called the “neutron skin”—is considerably smaller than previously thought.

JICS Helps Initiate Big Data Regional Innovation Hub

Answers to some of the most important problems affecting society are nestled in massive mounds of data awaiting analysis. A new initiative that addresses that challenge was announced Monday, with the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences serving as one of the founding organizations and participants.

Breakthrough Involving Students Could Alter Tech, Mining Worlds

A trio of students from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering recently got the chance to work with scientists from around the country on a process that might make it easier and less expensive to obtain rare earth elements.

UT-ORNL Study: Nano-trapped Molecules Potentially Key to Advanced Storage Devices


Single atoms or molecules imprisoned by laser light in a doughnut-shaped metal cage could unlock the key to advanced storage devices, computers and high-resolution instruments, according to a recent UT-ORNL study. In a paper published in Physical Review A, a team composed of Ali Passian of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Marouane Salhi and George

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UT Becoming Key Player in Advanced Manufacturing Research

The College of Engineering has rapidly staked a claim in the emerging field of advanced manufacturing thanks to some key faculty, new centers, and breakthroughs in research being conducted there and through the university’s ongoing partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.