Tag: ORNL

ORNL researchers discover way to encourage certain kinds of lignin production

ORNL researchers discover way to encourage certain kinds of lignin production

March 28, 2022 |

In Tennessee, a team of researchers working within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has discovered a pathway to encourage a type of lignin formation in plants that could make the processing of crops grown for products such as sustainable jet fuels easier and less costly. The researchers focused on […]

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ORNL researchers discover way to make lignin production easier for renewable fuel production

ORNL researchers discover way to make lignin production easier for renewable fuel production

March 10, 2022 |

In Tennessee, a team of researchers working within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has discovered a pathway to encourage a type of lignin formation in plants that could make the processing of crops grown for products such as sustainable jet fuels easier and less costly.  The researchers focused on […]

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LanzaTech, Northwestern and ORNL researchers develop tech producing chemicals from carbon emissions

LanzaTech, Northwestern and ORNL researchers develop tech producing chemicals from carbon emissions

February 22, 2022 |

In Tennessee, a team of scientists from LanzaTech, Northwestern University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed carbon capture technology that harnesses emissions from industrial processes to produce acetone and isopropanol, known as IPA. These widely used chemicals serve as the basis of thousands of products, from fuels and solvents to […]

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ORNL researchers add gene into switchgrass allowing it to interact with beneficial fungus

ORNL researchers add gene into switchgrass allowing it to interact with beneficial fungus

December 15, 2021 |

In Tennessee, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team has successfully introduced a poplar gene into switchgrass, an important biofuel source, that allows switchgrass to interact with a beneficial fungus, ultimately boosting the grass’ growth and viability in changing environments. Scientists observed the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as it enveloped the plant’s roots. This behavior, not […]

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ORNL researchers introduce poplar gene into switchgrass to allow for fungus interaction

ORNL researchers introduce poplar gene into switchgrass to allow for fungus interaction

October 5, 2021 |

In Tennessee, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team has successfully introduced a poplar gene into switchgrass, an important biofuel source, that allows switchgrass to interact with a beneficial fungus, ultimately boosting the grass’s growth and viability in changing environments.  Scientists observed the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as it enveloped the plant’s roots. This behavior, not […]

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ORNL researchers make breakthrough discovery of how genes function in plants

ORNL researchers make breakthrough discovery of how genes function in plants

September 9, 2021 |

In Tennessee, for decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this enzyme does more than advertised. They had run a series of experiments on poplar plants that […]

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ORNL researchers develop new catalyst to covert ethanol into C3+ olefins

ORNL researchers develop new catalyst to covert ethanol into C3+ olefins

August 2, 2021 |

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a new catalyst for converting ethanol into C3+ olefins—the chemical building blocks for renewable jet fuel and diesel—that pushes the amount produced to a record-high 88%, a more than 10% gain over their previously developed catalyst.  In the search for new catalysts, researchers achieved the record […]

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ORNL researchers discover single gene that can boost growth and stress tolerances

ORNL researchers discover single gene that can boost growth and stress tolerances

June 10, 2021 |

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  As climate change triggers more frequent and longer-lasting […]

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ORNL researchers make progress on ethanol-to jet-fuel

ORNL researchers make progress on ethanol-to jet-fuel

June 7, 2021 |

In Tennessee, in the first step of a multi-step ethanol-to-jet-fuel process developed by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a catalyst is used to convert ethanol into butene-rich C3+ olefins, important intermediates that can then be processed into aviation fuels. Two more steps—oligomerization and hydrotreating—convert these intermediates into the liquid hydrocarbons used as fuels. A team […]

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Co-Optima researchers publish first findings from research initiative

Co-Optima researchers publish first findings from research initiative

December 7, 2020 |

In Tennessee, researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory working alongside the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines initiative (Co-Optima) collaborators from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, determined it’s not so much the chemistry of a fuel that predicts performance, but rather its properties that hold […]

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