Science Headlines

04.25.16User Facility

ORNL Researchers Discover New State of Water MoleculeExternal link

The discovery, made possible with experiments at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom, demonstrates features of water under ultra confinement in rocks, soil and cell walls, which scientists predict will be of interest across many disciplines. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.22.16From the Labs

Cleaning Up Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and LifespanExternal link

PNNL chemists discovered they could make superior hybrid battery materials with a technology — called ion soft-landing — that intricately controls the raw components with a membrane that separates the ions, setting down only the negative ions on the electrode surfaces. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.21.16From the Labs

ANNIE Finds a Home at FermilabExternal link

A little experiment with big ambitions just finished moving in this week after a year’s worth of planning and research. The Accelerator Neutrino-Neutron Interaction Experiment, called ANNIE, recently settled down and began taking phase one data on April 15. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.20.16User Facility

Chemistry Consortium Uses Titan to Understand ActinidesExternal link

A multi-institution team has been using computing resources at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to understand actinide chemistry at the molecular level in hopes of designing methods to clean up contamination and safely store spent nuclear fuel.
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04.19.16User Facility

Unexpected Discovery Leads to a Better BatteryExternal link

An unexpected discovery by a team based at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has led to a rechargeable battery that's as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.18.16From the Labs

New Paper Examines Hydrogen at High PressureExternal link

A team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory outlines how they used X-rays to look into the interior of a hydrogen target, looking for free electrons to appear in high pressure shock waves formed when hydrogen is shot with a high-energy laser beam. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.18.16From the Labs

'Odd Couple' Monolayer Semiconductors Align to Advance OptoelectronicsExternal link

A research group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has shown that different lattice constants – for creating transistor and semiconductor substrates - can be grown together to form a perfectly aligned stacking bilayer material. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.14.16From the Labs

Elusive State of Superconducting Matter Discovered after 50 YearsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell University, and collaborators have produced the first direct evidence of a state of electronic matter first predicted by theorists in 1964. The discovery, described in a paper published online April 13, 2016, in Nature, may provide key insights into the workings of high-temperature superconductors. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.13.16From the Labs

New "EA" Biomass Pretreatment Cuts Enzyme Use, Boosts Biofuel ProductionExternal link

Less input, more output. That’s the achievement of a new biomass pretreatment method that could help improve the economics of cellulosic biofuels, the second-generation biofuels made from grasses, wood, and the inedible parts of plants. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.13.16From the Labs

Critical Materials Institute Gains Ten Industrial and Research AffiliatesExternal link

The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, has gained ten new affiliates to its research program, seeking ways to eliminate and reduce reliance on rare-earth metals and other materials critical to the success of clean energy technologies. Read MoreExternal linkage