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Oak Ridge National Laboratory

One of the nation's premier research facilities, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC.

The laboratory is a unique resource for addressing important national and global energy and environmental issues.  RNL pioneers the development of new energy sources, technologies, and materials and the advancement of knowledge in the biological, chemical, computational, engineering, environmental, physical, and social sciences

Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that

  • strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science
  • increase the availability of clean, abundant energy
  • restore and protect the environment; and
  • contribute to national security.

ORNL’s work includes isotope production, information management, and technical program management..

Cray XT supercomputer dubbed “Jaguar,” led  ORNL into the uncharted territory of petascale computing.  Jaguar is capable of simulating physical systems with heretofore unfeasible speed and accuracy—from the explosions of stars to the building blocks of matter.

ORNL has six core competencies:

1)  Materials science 

  • Condensed matter sciences
  • Chemical sciences and physics
  • Metals and ceramics
  • Inorganic membranes

2) Computational science

  • Networking and computing technologies
  • Computer science and mathematics
  • Computational sciences and engineering

3) Biotechnology

  • Mammalian genetics and genomics
  • Computational biology
  • Biophysics and biomedical technologies
  • Labs for comparative / functional genomics

4) Energy & environment

  • Nuclear security technologies
  • Nuclear system analysis, design and safety
  • Fuels, isotopes and nuclear materials
  • Environmental technology: analyze change, stress and resource use

5) Homeland security

  • Special nuclear material detection
  • Security technologies
  • Vulnerability assessments

6 )Machining & manufacturing technologies

  • National prototype center
  • Multi-axis high-speed machining
  • Large chamber-scanning electron microscope (specimens up to 1m)
  • Metrology (nvlap certified)
  • Microwave casting / melting
  • Analytical chemistry


    Oak Ridge National Laboratory is home to two of the most advanced neutron science research facilities in the world:

    • Spallation Neutron Source 

    • High Flux Isotope Reactor