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Polymer discovery gives 3D-printed sand super strength

17-Nov-2021

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed a novel polymer to bind and strengthen silica sand for binder jet additive manufacturing, a 3D-printing method used by industries for prototyping and part production. The printable polymer enables sand structures ...

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Modeling uncovers an "atomic waltz" for atom manipulation

16-Aug-2021

Researchers at the University of Vienna’s Faculty of Physics in collaboration with colleagues from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA have uncovered a non-destructive mechanism to manipulate donor impurities within silicon using focused electron irradiation. In this novel indirect ...

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Tiny but mighty precipitates toughen a structural alloy

Scientists have found a way to simultaneously increase the strength and ductility of an alloy

13-Jul-2021

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have found a way to simultaneously increase the strength and ductility of an alloy by introducing tiny precipitates into its matrix and tuning their size and spacing. The ...

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Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Novel fabrication method for affordable gas membranes

06-Jul-2020

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are advancing gas membrane materials to expand practical technology options for reducing industrial carbon emissions. Results published in Chem demonstrate a fabrication method for ...

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Breakthrough in the synthesis of graphene nanoribbons

Graphene Nanoribbons might soon be much easier to produce

29-Jun-2020

An international research team led by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the U.S. has succeeded in producing this versatile material for the first time directly on the surface of semiconductors. Until now, this was ...

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Graphene forms under microscope's eye

Scientists shrink laser-induced graphene for flexible electronics

14-Feb-2020

You don't need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene (LIG). Scientists at Rice University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using a very small visible beam to burn the foamy form of carbon into microscopic patterns. The labs ...

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Neutrons optimize high efficiency catalyst for greener approach to biofuel synthesis

18-Dec-2019

Researchers led by the University of Manchester have designed a catalyst that converts biomass into fuel sources with remarkably high efficiency and offers new possibilities for manufacturing advanced renewable materials. Neutron scattering experiments at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge ...

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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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