Four technologies developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have earned 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The FLC is a nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies and research centers committed to developing federal technologies and expertise and facilitating their entrance to the public marketplace.
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An Ames Laboratory scientist was part of a team of researchers at Iowa State University that developed a new smart and responsive material can stiffen up like a worked-out muscle.
Stress a muscle and it gets stronger. Mechanically stress the rubbery material – say with a twist or a bend – and the material automatically stiffens by up to 300 percent, the engineers said. In lab tests, mechanical stresses transformed a flexible strip of the material into a hard composite that can support 50 times its own weight.
Technology funded by the Critical Materials Institute has won a 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). A total of 30 awards will be presented to 24 laboratories representing 10 federal agencies. Oak Ridge National Laboratory was selected for “Licensing ORNL’s High-Performance, Low-Cost Alloys to Eck Industries.” ORNL was also selected for a 2017 R&D 100 Award for the same technology.
Chemists have measured the effects of nanoconfinement in catalysis by tracking single molecules as they dive down “nanowells” and react with catalysts at the bottom.
The wells in these experiments are just an average 2.3 billionths of a meter wide and about 80 to 120 billionths of a meter deep. These tiny channels provide access to a platinum catalyst sandwiched between the solid cores and porous shells of silica spheres. And they’re helping a team of chemists understand how such nanoconfinement of catalysts affects reactions.
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are using X-ray light to observe and understand how the process of making metal parts using three-dimensional (3-D) printing can leave flaws in the finished product – and discover how those flaws can be prevented. The studies aim to help manufacturers build more reliable parts on the spot – whether in a factory, on a ship or plane, or even remotely in space – and do it more efficiently, without needing to store thousands of extra parts.