ORNL and Massachusetts academic institutions and technology firms are working together to tackle the world’s biggest science and energy challenges. ORNL technology has been licensed for commercial use to the following companies: Memcus, specializing in next-generation memory chipsets; 908 Devices, bringing innovation to handheld and desktop instruments for analytical laboratories; and Enchi Corporation, leveraging expertise to provide economically feasible biofuels.
ORNL also has research agreements with Commonwealth Fusion Systems, leveraging decades of fusion research combined with innovation from the private sector; Radiation Monitoring Devices, providing radiation detection, high-speed imaging, nuclear instrumentation, and laboratory test equipment; and Kalion, making high-quality chemicals from biomass.
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.
Unlike batteries, capacitors release energy quickly for applications that require faster power. Newer capacitors, called supercapacitors, are made from advanced materials that offer higher energy storage and increased power with a virtually unlimited cycle life. However, even higher energy densities will be needed to enable supercapacitors to one day serve as sole power sources in high-power applications such as electric vehicles. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted neutron research at the ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor to investigate a new, highly porous nanomaterial that could function as durable, high-energy supercapacitors. Learn more about neutron science at ORNL.
Molten salt reactor technology could become a cornerstone of the future nuclear energy industry, allowing companies to generate carbon-free power in a safe and efficient way. Researchers from MIT used neutron scattering at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source to explore the fundamental chemical and physical properties of salts at high temperatures. Their goal was to better understand how salt solutions behave in nuclear environments. The experiments will help create high-fidelity models that predict how salt solutions might perform in the intense environment of a molten salt reactor and could prove invaluable to nuclear engineers working to commercialize molten salt reactors for clean power production. Learn more about neutron science at ORNL.
Through a cooperative research and development agreement with Raytheon Technologies, ORNL is developing materials and processes necessary to manufacture a moderate-sized boat using the Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM, process. BAAM prints large parts as quickly as possible, using pelletized thermoplastics to reduce the typical costs associated with producing large thermoplastic parts.
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