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ORNL works with several institutions and industry partners in one of its neighboring states, North Carolina. The laboratory has licensed a chemical processing technology for commercial use to Marshallton Research Laboratories to separate rare earth elements and holds a cooperative research agreement with Novus Energy Technologies, a high efficiency thermoelectric systems firm.

Value of contracts awarded $12.7M
40% Percentage to small businesses
33% Percentage to educational institutions
Publications authored with North Carolina institutions 696
Organizations that sponsored research with ORNL 10
Technology licenses issued to organizations 1
ORNL User Facilities Users in North Carolina
Building Technologies Research and Integration Center 9
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility 2
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences 8
High Flux Isotope Reactor 6
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility 2
National Transportation Research Center 1
Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility 22
Spallation Neutron Source 12

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 materials scientists are working with the Electric Power Research Institute, or EPRI, to understand corrosion processes that impact performance lifetimes of commercial alloys used in fossil-fuel power systems. ORNL specializes in the research and development of materials for extreme environments, especially high-temperature alloys needed for industrial processes and nuclear reactors. The longstanding partnership with EPRI has also led to welding technology innovations that make it possible to perform repairs on irradiated materials, advancing the safety and efficiency of commercial nuclear power generation.


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ORNL news release: ‘Researchers run first tests of unique system for welding highly irradiated metal alloys


A new technology for chemically separating rare earth elements has been licensed to Marshallton Research Laboratories, a North Carolina-based manufacturer of organic chemicals for a range of industries. This new technology has the potential to create a dramatic, beneficial shift for producers in the United States. Developed by scientists from ORNL and Idaho National Laboratory under the Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute, this technology gives scientists and researchers insight into how to cost-effectively separate high-demand rare earth elements, which must be chemically separated to make them useful for technological applications. Rare earth elements are critical to producing electronics, optical technologies, alloys, and high-performance magnets.


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