Several research-active faculty in the College of Engineering have user agreements with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), allowing them to conduct research at ORNL’s world-class facilities. For more information on these facilities, please explore the following links:
Buildings Technology Research Integration Center (BTRIC)
Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC), in the Energy & Transportation Science Division (ETSD), focuses on research, development, and deployment of energy efficient technologies in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) goal of zero energy homes by 2020 and zero energy commercial buildings by 2025. BTRIC areas of focus are new building technologies, whole-building and community integration, and improved energy management in buildings and industrial facilities during their operational phase. A full-time staff of approximately 50 researchers conduct experiments in a DOE-designated National User Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the DOE and other sponsors, in collaboration with industry, universities, associations, and utilities.
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a collaborative nanoscience user research facility for the synthesis, characterization, theory/ modeling/ simulation, and design of nanoscale materials. It is one of five Nanoscale Science Research Centers currently being established by the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.
Center for Structured Molecular Biology (Bio-SANS)
Bio-SANS was designed and optimized for analysis of the structure, function, and dynamics of complex biological systems. Bio-SANS is the cornerstone of the Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CSMB) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Bio-SANS instrument is supported by additional CSMB capabilities that include development of advanced computational tools for neutron analysis and modeling, as well as biophysical characterization and X-ray scattering infrastructure. A dedicated biological sample preparation laboratory is located adjacent to the instrument.
High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)
At 85 MW, the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for condensed matter research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world. The thermal and cold neutrons produced by HFIR are used to study physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology. The intense neutron flux, constant power density, and constant-length fuel cycles are used by more than 200 researchers each year for neutron scattering research into the fundamental properties of condensed matter.
High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML)
The High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML) is a DOE User Facility dedicated to solving materials problems that limit the efficiency and reliability of systems for power generation and energy conversion, distribution and use. The six user centers in the High Temperature Materials Laboratory specialize in materials characterization. They are dedicated to working with industry and universities to develop materials-based, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation technologies that will enable the United States to use less petroleum. Technologies of interest include lightweighting and propulsion materials, thermoelectrics, materials for energy storage, and catalysts.
Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF)
Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility is operated as a National User Facility for the U.S. Department of Energy, producing high quality beams of short-lived, radioactive nuclei for studies of exotic nuclei and astrophysics research. These nuclei are produced when intense beams of light ions from the Oak Ridge Isochronous Cyclotron (ORIC) strike highly refractory targets. The radioactive isotopes diffuse out of the production target and are ionized, formed into a beam and mass selected. This technique of radioactive ion beam production is known as the isotope separator on-line (ISOL) technique and is illustrated below. The radioactive ion beam is then injected into the 25-MV Tandem, the world’s highest voltage electrostatic accelerator.
National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS)
The National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was established in 1992. In 2004 the center was designated by the Secretary of Energy as the Leadership Computing Facility for the nation, designed to provide unclassified research a resource 100 times more powerful than current capabilities.
National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
The National Transportation Research Center offers one of the most diverse concentrations of transportation researchers in the United States to address transportation issues and concerns from a systems perspective. Research areas include transportation fuel properties and effects, engine technologies and control systems; emission control devices; power electronics; electric machines; geographic information systems; data analysis and visualization; modeling; and packaging for hazardous materials transport.
Safeguards Laboratory National User Facility (SL)
The Safeguards Laboratory (SL) provides an internationally recognized capability for conducting hands-on testing, evaluation, and validation of radiation measurement equipment, and customized training for integrated safeguards methods, procedures, and instrumentation. It is devoted to research and international collaboration through the International Safeguards Program and the Nuclear Securities Technology Program. The SL User Facility is accessible to everyone, including employees, nonemployees, U. S. Citizens, and foreign guests.
Shared Research Equipment Collaborative Research Center (SHaRE)
The Shared Research Equipment (SHaRE) User Facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is one of three Electron Beam Microcharacterization Centers supported by the Scientific User Facilities Division of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.
Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
SNS is an accelerator-based neutron source that will provide the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development. When ramped up to its full beam power of 1.4 MW, SNS will be eight times more powerful than today’s best facility. This versatile scientific tool will give researchers more detailed snapshots of the smallest samples of physical and biological materials than ever before possible. The diverse applications of neutron-scattering research will provide opportunities for experts in practically every scientific and technical field.