ORNL News

UT Names Advanced Manufacturing Expert as Eleventh Governor’s Chair

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, an authority in the production, design, and performance of transforming materials into parts, has been named the eleventh University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Babu will serve as Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing. He begins on July 1. Babu is a professor in the Welding Engineering Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University,

Scientists Solve Mercury Mystery

By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury, which is far more toxic, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists today have taken a significant step toward protecting human health. The question of how methylmercury, an organic form of mercury, is produced by natural processes in the environment has stumped scientists for decades, but a team comprised of four researchers at UT has solved the puzzle.

Research Highlighted by American Physical Society

A piece by Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics, and Alexei Sokolov, Governor’s Chair for Polymer Science, is currently the spotlight on the American Physical Society’s Physics page. Entitled “Elastic and Conformational Softness of a Globula Protein,” the piece examines certain protein behaviors such as why protein flexibility sometimes increases dramatically with temperature.

UT Science Forums: Giannone discusses the future of biofuels

Richard Giannone, a bioanalytical mass spectrometrist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has worked with a team to develop biofuels for the past several years. He’ll be discussing the future of biofuel production at this week’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research and the general public to learn about science in a way they can understand.

UT Launches Institute for Nuclear Security

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Speculation over the nuclear ambitions of countries like Iran and North Korea and debate over proposed nuclear reactors in the US and abroad make it apparent that the need for nuclear security experts did not end with the Cold War. For this reason, UT Knoxville has launched the UT Institute for Nuclear Security.

Knoxville Firm Licenses Human Remains Discovery Technology Developed at UT and ORNL

Technology with roots in the Department of Anthropology’s Forensic Research Facility is being licensed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the hope of bringing criminals more swiftly to justice and giving greater closure to grieving families. The new remote sensing technology is being licensed to Agile Technologies of Knoxville.

UT Architecture Professor Receives College’s First ORNL-UT Joint Appointment

Professor Edgar Stach is the first faculty member of the College of Architecture and Design to receive a joint appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university. Through the year-long position at ORNL, Stach will research and develop technologies and methods to achieve cost effective, energy-efficient applications for high-performing retrofitted and new buildings.

‘Fingerprints’ Match Molecular Simulations with Reality

Governor’s Chair Jeremy Smith is bringing supercomputer simulations and experimental results closer together by identifying common “fingerprints.” Smith’s research will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

New Center Now Choosing Inaugural Class of Graduate Students

UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new science and energy center has received program approval and named its first set of faculty members. The process for selecting its inaugural class of graduate students is now underway.