Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)


Over the years, LDRD Programs and projects have realized major science and technology breakthroughs that have been reported widely in the scientific community. In addition, they have provided the laboratories with the opportunity to acquire foundational tools—to include S&T capabilities, as well as people—necessary to ensure their long-term viability.

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Research Highlights, October 2016

This booklet provides a small sampling of twenty LDRD research highlights from across DOE national laboratories. LDRD research is an essential component in DOE’s charge to sustain and broaden world-class science and engineering capabilities within the national laboratories.

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This sample shows an overlay of the optical and nanoDESI image of a human kidney tissue sample.02.24.12Success Story

A Pop Quiz for Cells

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists devise new imaging technique for biological sample analysis. Read More »

Supercritical CO2-brine displacement experimental setup for pressures up to 120 bar and 60 degrees celsius.11.16.11Success Story

Improving Carbon Sequestration

PNNL employs microfluidics system to investigate sequestering carbon dioxide. Read More »

From left: Justin Vandenbrouke, Stefan Funk, Rolf Buehler, Leonid Sapozhnikov, Hiro Tajima, and Keith Bechtol hold electronic chips they developed for improved gamma ray telescopes.11.16.11Success Story

Prototype Detector and Chip Technology

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory develops effective capture for gamma ray signatures of astronomical events in our universe. Read More »

These instruments use ultraviolet and mid- and near-infrared spectroscopy to give scientists vital insights into the reactions between scCO2 and the water and minerals commonly found in geologic structures considered for CO2 storage.11.16.11Success Story

Storing Industry’s Carbon Dioxide in Real Time

PNNL researchers are developing new instruments that provide a first live look at industrial pollutants reacting with water and minerals. Read More »

The calculated optical field enhancement on a random nanohole array.11.16.11Success Story

A Promising Alternative to Traditional Photovoltaic Materials

NREL finds that random nanohole arrays become transparent conductors. Read More »

Advance Light Source Superbend installation.11.16.11Success Story

Protein Structures Through use of “Superbends” at the Advance Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory project designs unique bend magnets, enabling Nobel Prize winning science. Read More »

This project takes advantage of ORNL’s proprietary content-based image retrieval technology, which quickly sorts through large databases and finds visually similar images.11.16.11Success Story

Preventing Blindness: A Vision of Technology

ORNL technology to scan millions for diabetic retinopathy traces roots to semiconductors. Read More »

Argonne chemist Chris Marshall displays a container of the diesel DeNOx catalyst, while Argonne researchers prepare to test it.11.16.11Success Story

Attenuating Diesel Engine Emissions

Early this decade, Argonne chemists developed a special catalyst that can reliably and economically remove more than 95% of NOx emissions from diesel engines. Read More »

Active Cap - a layer of reactive amendments for a one-step field application resulting in reduced costs and more effective remediation.11.16.11Success Story

Biogeochemical Controls

Savannah River National Laboratory researches long-term economic in-situ remediation of sites with mixed contaminants. Read More »

The Data Collection System incorporating the use of camera technology within a hot cell environment to detect and deter the proliferation of special nuclear materials.11.16.11Success Story

Safeguarding Nuclear Fuel Processing

Idaho National Laboratory develops international nonproliferation safeguards for commercial pyroprocessing facilities. Read More »

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