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The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is a natural partner for ORNL given that both institutions count artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing research among their strengths. In addition, ORNL works with the Southern Company, a utility holding company serving the Southeast; TCPoly, a firm that develops and manufactures thermally conductive plastics for 3D printing; and Emrgy, a hydropower technology company.

Value of contracts awarded $14M
90% Percentage to small businesses
4% Percentage to educational institutions
Publications authored with Georgia institutions 862
Organizations that sponsored research with ORNL 12
Technology licenses issued to organizations 1
ORNL User Facilities Users in Georgia
Building Technologies Research and Integration Center 7
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility 3
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences 15
High Flux Isotope Reactor 2
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility 3
Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility 21
Spallation Neutron Source 14

ORNL’s user facilities offer a diverse set of tools for experiments across a range of fields, including biology, materials and energy sciences, physics, engineering, and chemistry. Learn more about ORNL’s user facilities. Data reflects fiscal year 2020 except for scientific publications, which covers 2016–2020. Partner stories reflect work conducted from 2016 to present.


ORNL is collaborating with Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, to use artificial intelligence and high-performance computing for advancing the identification of gene function by analyzing protein structures. The ability to predict the function of a protein-coding gene from its DNA sequence is a grand challenge in biology. This work leverages the Summit supercomputer at ORNL and deep learning tools developed by Georgia Tech. Learn more about biological and computational sciences at ORNL.


An ORNL-Georgia Tech joint faculty will use insights from global climate science for informing regional strategies that aim to reduce carbon emissions and equitably address impacts on communities. One of the ultimate goals of the collaboration is to develop strategic pathways for the Southeast to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by decarbonizing regionally critical industries and activities. Learn more about environmental science at ORNL.


ORNL partnered with Georgia Tech Research Institute to develop a state-of-the-art ion trap-based system, the laboratory’s first matter-based quantum computer, in record time. With the combined expertise of both institutions, the time between the first appearance of ions in the trap to the initial demonstration can be measured in weeks. Having this system on-site will give ORNL scientists close-to-the-metal access to a simulation capability currently not offered through cloud devices and to conduct leading-edge quantum information science research. Learn more about computational science at ORNL.


ORNL-produced californium-252 will be used to start up two new nuclear reactors—the first new reactors built in the United States in more than 30 years—at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Georgia. ORNL is the only place in the world capable of efficiently producing Cf-252, which is essential for nuclear reactor startup.


Learn more about isotope production at ORNL.


ORNL researchers and the Southern Company have developed a home energy optimization platform for 46 townhomes in Atlanta’s first Smart Neighborhood. The platform optimizes each home’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and water heating systems, and uses solar power and batteries, lowering costs while assuring homeowner comfort. These homes consume 44% less energy than all-electric homes. The peak winter heating electric demand for these homes was about 34% less than that for a similar all-electric community.


Learn more about energy research at ORNL.

ORNL Review: “Energy Efficiency Research Supports Grid-Interactive Townhome Development

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