ORNL’s peer laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is among its closest collaborators in Washington. ORNL also often works with the University of Washington; Forest Concepts, a supplier of renewable raw materials; Etaphase, a developer of products made with metamaterials; and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, a nuclear technology company that got its start at ORNL.
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.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s distinctive strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology, and data science are central to its scientific discovery mission. PNNL’s research lays a foundation for innovations that advance sustainable energy through decarbonization and energy storage and enhance national security through nuclear materials and threat analyses. Like ORNL, PNNL is a Department of Energy Office of Science lab and a partner in the Quantum Science Center, a DOE National Quantum Information Science Research Center headquartered at ORNL. The QSC is a hub for national laboratories, universities, and companies to advance the science of quantum materials, sensors, and algorithms.
The University of Washington partners with ORNL through a DOE Biological and Environmental Research Program that seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity and functioning of mutually beneficial interactions between plants and microbes in the soil. The Plant-Microbe Interfaces project, led by ORNL, focuses on relationships between plants and microbes that can increase the productivity of plants and ecosystems as well as increase the ability for bioenergy crops to tolerate drought.
Washington companies Blue Origin, a commercial aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company, and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, a nuclear power technology company, are both licensees of Peregrine, ORNL’s artificial intelligence software for powder-bed 3D printers. Peregrine assesses the quality of parts produced in real time and helps ensure that 3D-printed parts are ready to install in essential applications. The software has the potential to transform the American manufacturing industry by making additive manufacturing more accessible and can be installed on any powder bed system.
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