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Kai Xiao: Growing Novel, Nanoscale Materials to Support Future Energy NeedsExternal link

Kai Xiao's work as a staff scientist at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Science gives him access to some of the world’s most powerful tools to investigate materials as small as one-billionth of a meter, or at the nanoscale. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.23.17User Facility

Using Sunlight to Activate the Flow of Electrical Current in a New MaterialExternal link

A team of scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new material that absorbs visible light to generate electricity; this material might be useful for splitting water to produce a combustible fuel, hydrogen. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.19.17User Facility

Neutrons and a ‘Bit of Gold’ Uncover New Type of Quantum Phase TransitionExternal link

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a new type of quantum critical point, a new way in which materials change from one state of matter to another. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.18.17User Facility

Tracking Antarctic Adaptations in DiatomsExternal link

A team led by University of East Anglia (UEA) scientists in Norwich, England conducted a comparative genome analysis that provided clues on how climate change might impact evolutionary adaptation limits. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.17.17From the Labs

Largest Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels, Materials, and MetabolitesExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.17.17User Facility

Study of Microbes Reveals New Insight About Earth’s Geology and Carbon CyclesExternal link

Anaerobic bacteria play a central role in cycling carbon and other key elements throughout Earth. A new study by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory shows that the behavior of these microbes is significantly affected by the types of carbon “food” sources available to them. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.17.17User Facility

For First Time Ever, X-ray Imaging at Argonne Captures Material Defect ProcessExternal link

Argonne researchers are the first to capture the formation of nanomaterial defects in near-real time. Their work will help other researchers model the behavior of materials, a step that is key to engineering stronger, more reliable materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.12.17User Facility

Sketching Out Magnetism With ElectricityExternal link

In a proof-of-concept study published in Nature Physics, researchers drew magnetic squares in a nonmagnetic material with an electrified pen and then “read” this magnetic doodle with X-rays. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.11.17User Facility

Chemistry on the Edge: Study Pinpoints Most Active Areas of Reactions on Nanoscale ParticlesExternal link

Defects and jagged surfaces at the edges of nanosized platinum and gold particles are key hot spots for chemical reactivity, a team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel confirmed with a unique infrared probe. Read MoreExternal linkage


Annual Report on the State of the DOE National LaboratoriesExternal link

The first Annual Report on the State of the DOE National Laboratories describes the DOE National Laboratory System, its role in advancing the frontiers of science and technology, and efforts to ensure it continues as a national resource for the Department’s near- and long-term missions. Read MoreExternal linkage