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OCTOBER 23, 2018


OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 23, 2018 – Flora Meilleur, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected by her peers to be secretary of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA).

ORNL’s Flora Meilleur has been elected secretary for
the Neutron Scattering Society of America.

Meilleur is a structural biologist specializing in

JUNE 13, 2018

Neutron scattering grew from the nuclear science of the Manhattan Project during the 1940s at what is now Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Clifford Shull was awarded half of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics for 
research he conducted with the late Ernest Wollan leading to neutron
scattering technology that determines where atoms are in a crystal.

Today the Department of Energy (

DECEMBER 15, 2017

By  (courtesy of NC State University)

The first in his family to earn a college degree (and a Ph.D.), William Brad O’Dell is an accomplished scientist who has big goals for his future. Read on to learn more about Brad and his exceptional experience as a graduate student in CALS.

MARCH 21, 2018

By  (courtesy of NC State University)

Biochemistry Ph.D. student Gabriela Schroder conducts cutting-edge protein research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – the experience of a lifetime, she says – that has implications for drug development and human health.

Biochemistry Ph.D.

JULY 16, 2018

The demand for lighter, stronger, and more durable materials for use in vehicles has never been higher. Companies are looking at new and advanced materials such as lightweight advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) to develop automotive components that help increase gas efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and save lives.

Lu Huang, USS industrial research engineer prepares a lightweighted advanced
high strength

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

The observation of an abnormal state of matter in a two-dimensional magnetic material is the latest development in the race to harness novel electronic properties for more robust and efficient next-generation devices.

The Weyl semimetal state is induced when the opposing motions of the
electrons cause the Dirac cones to split in two (illustrated on the left by
outward facing electrons, opposite the inward

DECEMBER 21, 2017

Each year Science's news staff announce their selection of the top 10 scientific achievements of the year and award the title "Breakthrough of the Year" to the achievement determined to be the most significant.   For 2017 the title of "Breakthrough of the Year" was awarded to Cosmic convergence, the

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

The Spallation Neutron Source marks a decade as a leading neutron science facility today at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Members of the Shull and Wollan families came to ORNL on September 22, 2016 to
participate in a ceremony dedicating the renamed Shull Wollan Center--a Joint Institute
for Neutron Science, recognizing two scientists who pioneered a field of

FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Scientific research can be vexing and tiring at times, but for Bianca Haberl, the euphoria of discovery is the ultimate reward.

Bianca Haberl, Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In fact, Haberl can identify the specific instance, early in her career, when that excitement originated and guided her toward high pressure science. It was her first time

JULY 28, 2017

Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down to the order of 10 nanometers. However, for such small transistors, other physical effects set in, which limit their functionality. For example, the power consumption and heat production in these devices is creating significant problems for device design. Therefore, novel quantum materials and device concepts are required to develop a new generation of energy-saving