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The University of Arkansas is ORNL’s primary partner in the Natural State. Several of Arkansas’s key industries—metals, aerospace, and transportation—overlap with core ORNL strength areas.

Value of contracts awarded $362K
8% Percentage to small businesses
92% Percentage to educational institutions
Publications authored with Arkansas institutions 60
Organizations that sponsored research with ORNL 1

Data reflects fiscal year 2020 except for scientific publications, which covers 2016–2020. Partner stories reflect work conducted from 2016 to present.


Demand is high for magnetic materials that could be used to develop spintronics, or spin electronics. Spintronics use the spin of electrons to improve the way various devices work, increasing computing power while consuming less energy. Spintronics hold great promise for medical, computational, and space research. Researchers at the University of Arkansas used ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source to study how certain materials reacted to a range of temperatures and magnetic fields.


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