Tag: ORNL

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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ORNL researchers join BOTTLE consortium to develop sustainable packaging

ORNL researchers join BOTTLE consortium to develop sustainable packaging

November 26, 2020 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment, or BOTTLE, Consortium.  In collaboration with other national laboratories, ORNL scientists will support the development of new plastics that are recyclable-by-design and customize microbes and processes to break down […]

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NREL and ORNL researchers find sugar yields of lignocellulosic feedstocks key

NREL and ORNL researchers find sugar yields of lignocellulosic feedstocks key

November 4, 2020 |

In Colorado, popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories reveals the size of trees is only part of the equation. Of equal economic importance, according to scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak […]

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Multifunctional microbe simplifies processing of plant-derived fuels, chemicals

Multifunctional microbe simplifies processing of plant-derived fuels, chemicals

September 20, 2020 |

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have modified a single microbe to simultaneously digest five of the most abundant components of lignocellulosic biomass. This is a big step forward in the development of a cost-effective biochemical conversion process to turn plants into renewable fuels and chemicals. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy […]

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ORNL researchers use supercomputing to understand how organic solvent and water break down biomass

ORNL researchers use supercomputing to understand how organic solvent and water break down biomass

July 9, 2020 |

In Tennessee, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering and supercomputing to better understand how an organic solvent and water work together to break down plant biomass, creating a pathway to significantly improve the production of renewable biofuels and bioproducts. The discovery, published in the Proceedings of the National […]

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ORNL scientists invent plant-based materials to grow nation’s bioeconomy

ORNL scientists invent plant-based materials to grow nation’s bioeconomy

June 7, 2020 |

In Tennessee, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing new and valuable uses for lignin, a byproduct of biorefineries and the pulp and paper industry. These new product streams can take advantage of the natural properties of lignin in biomass to create materials with unique performance advantages. ORNL’s lignin-based inventions include: Renewable composites for […]

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ORNL researchers develop new method to look deep at biomaterials’ nanostructure

ORNL researchers develop new method to look deep at biomaterials’ nanostructure

February 26, 2020 |

In Tennessee, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to peer deep into the nanostructure of biomaterials without damaging the sample. This novel technique can confirm structural features in starch, a carbohydrate important in biofuel production. The research team used the sharp probe tip of an atomic […]

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ORNL researchers played key role in zeolite catalyst research

ORNL researchers played key role in zeolite catalyst research

December 16, 2019 |

In Tennessee, researchers led by the University of Manchester have designed a catalyst that converts biomass into fuel sources with remarkably high efficiency and offers new possibilities for manufacturing advanced renewable materials. Neutron scattering experiments at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory played a key role in determining the chemical and behavioral dynamics […]

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ORNL and Vertimass shows CADO technology competitive with conventional fuels

ORNL and Vertimass shows CADO technology competitive with conventional fuels

November 26, 2019 |

In Tennessee, technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis. ORNL worked with […]

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ORNL researchers closer to creating custom microbes to facilitate cellulosic bioenergy

ORNL researchers closer to creating custom microbes to facilitate cellulosic bioenergy

September 16, 2019 |

In Tennessee, scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes into a variety of microorganisms that previously would not accept foreign DNA, with the goal of creating custom microbes to break down plants for bioenergy. Researchers at the DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at […]

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