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Scientists observe ultrafast birth of radicals

6 days ago

An international team led by Argonne has visualized the elusive, ultrafast proton transfer process following the ionization of…
STAR array tests materials’ response to strong X-ray shocks

January 7, 2020

At first glance it might be mistaken for a model of the Millennium Falcon of “Star Wars” fame.…
Top 10 achievements of 2019 from ORNL

December 30, 2019

This round-up of ten of the most-read news stories from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2019 showcases the…
Playing the angles with dramatic effect

December 19, 2019

Researchers develop new materials theory relevant to ultrafast electronics, batteries and more Phase transitions have long been of…
Manufacturing – Lightning strike out

December 3, 2019

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that an additively manufactured polymer layer, when applied to carbon fiber…
Researchers turn to microbe beads to increase U.S. supply of rare earth metals

November 26, 2019

To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth elements, a Critical Materials Institute team led by Lawrence…
Turning Up the Heat to Create New Nanostructured Metals

November 22, 2019

Scientists used heat to drive a spontaneous process in which different metals mixed to form 3-D interlocking nanostructures…
Thinking Small. PNNL Focuses on Tiny Particles to Fight Global Problems Like Cancer

November 20, 2019

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing tiny solutions for some of today’s…
A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

November 19, 2019

A scientific team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the…
New ultralight gold foam shimmers in the limelight

November 18, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created the lightest gold foam to date. The new form of…
New research finds lead toughens up under extremes

November 12, 2019

In a new paper published as an “Editors’ Suggestion” in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers from…
After studying the mixture of lead titanate and strontium titanate with x-ray diffraction imaging, the research team used machine learning techniques to identify two different phases at the nanoscale level: ferroelectric-ferroelastic (red, A) and polarization vortices (blue, V). Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Machine learning analyses help unlock secrets of stable ‘supercrystal’

November 8, 2019

Beyond solids, liquids, gases, plasma, and other examples only accessible under extreme conditions, scientists are constantly searching for…
The Secret Behind Crystals that Shrink when Heated

November 4, 2019

Discovery yields new quantitative description of unusual behavior relevant to materials used in electronics, medicine, telecommunications, and more…
Rethinking the science of plastic recycling

October 24, 2019

New catalytic method could mitigate global plastic pollution. We depend on plastics in our daily life — not…
Machine-Learning Analysis of X-ray Data Picks Out Key Catalytic Properties

October 23, 2019

Application of novel artificial intelligence approach identifies active phase of catalyst that converts carbon dioxide to methane. Scientists…
Engineering success by predicting failure

October 18, 2019

Sandia challenge predicts how metals with complex shapes and manufacturing will fracture. Since people started forging and working…
Scientists use a laser to align the plasma created at the Proto-MPEX machine at ORNL. Credit: Ted Biewer/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Fusion—Heating the core

October 8, 2019

In a recent study, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory performed experiments in a prototype fusion reactor materials…
New class of metal materials is its strong suit

October 1, 2019

In a perfect world, engineers would like metals to be strong and electrically conducive without any defects. But…
New 3D-printed lattice designs defy conventional wisdom on metamaterials

September 29, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have designed a new class of 3D-printed lattice structures that combine lightweight and…
Iridium ‘Loses Its Identity’ When Interfaced With Nickel

September 25, 2019

Hey, physicists and materials scientists: You’d better reevaluate your work if you study iridium-based materials – members of…
Seeing sound: Scientists observe how acoustic interactions change materials at the atomic level

September 24, 2019

Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal’s quantum properties. When exposed to stress and…
Lab scholar makes impact on new diagnostic at NIF

September 18, 2019

When Peter Nyholm became a NIF&PS Summer Scholar, he was following family tradition. Both of his parents had…
Study on stability of highly energetic materials

September 16, 2019

Understanding the physical and chemical characteristics of energetic materials under extreme conditions is crucial for their safe and…
Getting a look under the hood of topological insulators

September 10, 2019

Certain materials, like copper, conduct electricity very well.  Other materials, like glass, do not.  A certain kind of…
Neutrons—Lighting up liquid crystals

September 6, 2019

Researchers used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to probe the structure of a…
Going small can help determine where nuclear material came from and how it was made

August 30, 2019

Until recently, the analysis and identification of nuclear fuel pellets in nuclear forensics investigations have been mainly focused…
Engineers Develop Bone-like Metal Foam that can be ‘Healed’ at Room Temperature

August 28, 2019

For 6,000 years, humans have been making things from metal because it’s strong and tough; a lot of…
Measuring the Charge of Electrons in a High-Temp Superconductor

August 22, 2019

Scientists found a large concentration of electron pairs outside key temperature and energy ranges; this finding could inform…
Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage

August 14, 2019

Researchers create ‘ninth way of killing a battery’ They crush ‘em. They pierce ‘em. They roast ‘em, soak…
A Window into the Hidden Nuclear World

August 13, 2019

First atomic-scale actinide spectroscopy sheds light on key material. A team of researchers from PNNL, Lawrence Berkeley National…
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