ORNL: up-close look indicates material may be ideal for some battery applications

ImageJ=1.46r unit=pixelOak Ridge National Laboratory this week said a scientific team has discovered “exceptional properties” in a garnet material that could bolster development of lithium battery designs with higher energy.

According to the lab, the team used scanning transmission electron microscopes to look at the material — known as LLZO — at the atomic level.

“The researchers found the material to be highly stable in a range of aqueous environments, making the compound a promising component in new battery configurations,” the labs news release said. Continue reading

Inside cocooned ‘F’ Reactor at Hanford

The U.S. Department of Energy released some B-roll footage of the recent inspection of the F Reactor at the Hanford (Wash.) Site. The F Reactor is one of multiple old reactors at the site that have been “cocooned” for safety reasons. Last week’s inspection was reportedly the first time workers have been inside the F Reactor since 2008.

ORISE attains high safety designation

For the third time, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has received the Legacy of Stars Award for health and safety excellence from the Department of Energy. ORISE, which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities for DOE, first received the honor in 2008. Only 10 of these awards were made nationally in 2014, the announcement said. Besides establishing safety excellence, the Legacy award recognizes the efforts to mentor other institutions and organizations.

TEMA adds two execs

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has added two new members to its leadership team: Dewey Woody as chief operating officer and deputy director of TEMA’s Bureau of Response, and Ken Davis as assistant director of the Bureau of Preparedness. Woody previously led the State Fire Marshall’s Bomb and Arson Division, and Davis was chief of police in Jefferson City.

Retirees treading water

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 A couple of hundred retirees turned out Monday for the annual meeting of the Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees.

There was a good turnout earlier this week for the annual meeting of Oak Ridge retirees, although it’s unclear if anyone went home any richer — except, of course, for the three individuals who won $50 door prizes — or wiser. Continue reading

Dean to head advisory panel for new research facility

Dean (2)David Jarvis Dean of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will head the scientific advisory committee for a new nuclear science research facility at Michigan State University. Construction on the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams began earlier this year, and it’s expected to become operational in 2020.

According to information released by ORNL, Dean will provide advice to the new lab’s director, Konrad Gelbke, regarding the research agenda. Dean, whose background is in computational physics and nuclear theory, has a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He joined the ORNL staff in 1995.

ORNL’s Scott Sluder elected fellow

Sluder (2)Scott Sluder, an engineer in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuels and engines research group, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers International.

He was honored for his “significant mobility engineering contributions, which include studies of the fouling mechanisms of exhaust gas recirculation coolers for diesel engines and research related to national fuel and emission policies,” according to information distributed by ORNL.

Sluder joined the staff at ORNL in 1998. He holds engineering degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Smart-grid signing

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From left, Joe Ferguson, chairman of the Chattanooga Electric Power Board’s board of directors, ORNL Director Thom Mason and Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, sign a memorandum of understanding in Chattanooga. The partnership will use Chattanooga’s smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies, according to information released by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (ORNL photo by Jason Richards)