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120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles demonstrated

23-Oct-2018

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles - providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station ...

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Multimodal imaging shows strain can drive chemistry in a photovoltaic material

27-Sep-2018

A unique combination of imaging tools and atomic-level simulations has allowed a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to solve a longstanding debate about the properties of a promising material that can harvest energy from light. The researchers used multimodal ...

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MOF material offers selective, reversible and repeatable capture of toxic atmospheric gas

13-Jun-2018

Led by the University of Manchester, an international team of scientists has developed a metal-organic framework material (MOF) that exhibits a selective, fully reversible and repeatable capability to remove nitrogen dioxide gas from the atmosphere in ambient conditions. This discovery, confirmed ...

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Putting quantum scientists in the driver's seat

29-Mar-2018

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are conducting fundamental physics research that will lead to more control over mercurial quantum systems and materials. Their studies will enable advancements in quantum computing, sensing, simulation, and materials ...

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Unique system for welding highly irradiated metal alloys

12-Feb-2018

Scientists of the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program (LWRS) and partners from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have conducted the first weld tests to repair highly irradiated materials at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The welding system, designed ...

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Customized catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

20-Oct-2017

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either heat or chemicals caused ...

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Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics

17-Oct-2017

A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics. Found at the heart of electronic devices, silicon-based semiconductors rely on the controlled ...

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Newly identified microbial process could reduce toxic methylmercury levels

01-Jun-2017

A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk ...

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Simulations of laser pulse-material interactions

30-Mar-2017

With the advent of laser technology in the 1960s, materials scientists gained a new tool to both study and modify materials. Today, lasers allow researchers to manipulate materials on atomic and subatomic levels, leading to new materials and a host of other applications. For instance, by ...

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Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites

10-Mar-2017

Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, ...

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