Congratulations to SWC Affiliate, Liyuan Liang

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has announced that Shull Wollan Center Affiliate Dr. Liyuan Liang has been appointed director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory — a Department of Energy user facility on the PNNL campus. (2016)
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Trustees Approve Renaming of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences is now the Shull Wollan Center—A Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, named in honor of two esteemed physicists and pioneers in neutron scattering, Clifford Shull and Ernest Wollan. (2016)
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Tennant Named Director of Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The institute is a partnership between ORNL and UT. (2015)
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Summer Science

High school STEM teachers, students gain research experience at ORNL (2016)
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Scientists Seek New Physics Using ORNL’s Intense Neutrino Source

Soon to be deployed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is an experiment to explore new physics associated with neutrinos. (2016)
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Geoff Greene Featured in Scientific American Neutron Mystery Article, Video

How a neutron’s life ends is not a mystery to physicists. Exactly when that happens, however, is a much trickier puzzle to solve. (2016)
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ORNL Neutron ‘Splashes’ Reveal Signature of Exotic Particles

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to uncover novel behavior in materials that holds promise for quantum computing. The findings, published in Nature Materials, provide evidence for long-sought phenomena in a two-dimensional magnet. (2016)
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Broadening the Bilayer

Lipid molecules have split personalities—one part loves water, whereas the other avoids it at all costs. Lipids make up cell membranes, the frontline defense in preventing cellular access to bacterial and viral invaders. (2016)
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A Different Spin

David Mandrus is a leading researcher in the field of quantum materials who creates and studies new substances with unique properties relating to magnetism and conductivity. He says new materials like those being conceived in his lab could clear the hurdles facing current technology. (2016)
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Levitating Liquids

With liquid everywhere around us, it’s surprising to learn how little is really understood about the fundamental properties of liquids, like viscosity, at the atomic level. For a group of researchers working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source, using neutrons to study the atomic dynamics of liquid metals is key to unlocking the mystery of the atomistic origin of viscosity. (2015)
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Water, Water, Everywhere — Controlling the Properties of Nanomaterials

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are learning how the properties of water molecules on the surface of metal oxides can be used to better control these minerals and use them to make products such as more efficient semiconductors for organic light emitting diodes and solar cells, safer vehicle glass in fog and frost, and more environmentally friendly chemical sensors for industrial applications. (2015)
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Atomic Trigger Shatters Mystery of How Glass Deforms

A new study at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, published Sept. 24 in Nature Communications, has cracked one mystery of glass to shed light on the mechanism that triggers its deformation before shattering. The study improves understanding of glassy deformation and may accelerate broader application of metallic glass, a moldable, wear-resistant, magnetically exploitable material that is thrice as strong as the mightiest steel and ten times as springy. (2014)
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SNS shows novel spin waves in iron chalcogenide Fe1.05Te

Measurements conducted at the Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL have determined exchange couplings in the magnetically ordered chalcogenide Fe1.05Te, a nonsuperconducting member of the iron-based family of superconductors. The results show the exchange pairings thought to be related to superconductivity occur in a next-nearest-neighbor ordering of atoms, rather than in nearest-neighbor order as in a previously studied iron arsenide. (2011)
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Beam line 13 fuels discovery fever for fundamental physicists

Neutron scientists use the fundamental physics beam line at SNS to investigate the interaction of neutrons in very simple nuclear systems. (2011)
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Cristian Batista: Where Theory Meets Experiment

Theory and experiment push each other to expand the frontiers of physics. Now, the Neutron Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has both. (2016)
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Liyuan Liang Uncovers Mercury's Secrets

Mercury’s Greek name hydrargyrum means “liquid silver,” and it has long intrigued scientists seeking to understand its properties. Environmental engineer Liyuan Liang and her team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee are some of those scientists. They're getting closer to understanding just how mercury is transformed into methylmercury; knowledge that could lead to ways of limiting its production in the environment. (2016)
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Best of Both Worlds

As a kid in the south of France, Flora Meilleur spent her days on mountainous farmland near the High Alps. A PhD and hemisphere-flip later she’s still surrounded by mountains, but she’s left the Alpine meadows for a career as a neutron scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a mentor for a new generation of researchers at North Carolina State University. (2015)
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Materials Science Matchmaker

Scientific research may be the primary focus of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, but for David Mandrus, the institutions play an equally important role in shaping the instruction and career paths of students. (2014)
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