The Materials Science and Engineering Department prides itself on its strong partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as other centers at the forefront of technology. Below are links to some of these partner sites.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Links
Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by U.S. Department of Energy. 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.
When the Spallation Neutron Source is operating at full power, it will offer unprecedented performance for neutron-scattering research, with more than an order of magnitude higher flux than any existing facility. To realize the potential this offers for research in many fields, a world-class suite of instruments is being developed that makes optimal use of the SNS beams and that is suited to the needs of users across a broad range of disciplines.
The High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML) is a DOE User Facility designed to help solve materials problems that limit the efficiency and reliability of automotive systems, including propulsion and chasis systems. HTML includes six user centers available to researchers in industry, universities, and federal laboratories.
The UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) builds upon a broad and growing research partnership between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Together the two institutions house some of the world’s most advanced facilities in neutron scattering, nanophase materials, and high-performance computing.
The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a collaborative nanoscience user research facility for the synthesis, characterization, theory/ modeling/ simulation, and design of nanoscale materials. The central organizing concept of CNMS is to provide unique opportunities to understand nanoscale materials, assemblies, and phenomena, by creating a set of scientific synergies that will accelerate the process of discovery.
The Materials Science and Technology Division conducts fundamental and applied materials research for basic energy sciences programs and a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, conservation, fossil energy, fusion energy, nuclear power, and space exploration.
The Molecular-scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies (MENT) group is designed to characterize, analyze, model, simulate and manipulate molecular-scale process that give rise to complex behavior or function. In particular, we focus on developing a bottoms-up understanding of the structure of genetic and biochemical circuits and networks that lead to cellular function by examining the information processing systems of cells, genetic circuits, and networks.
Other Partner Sites
The Ion Beam Materials Laboratory (IBML) on the University of Tennessee (UT) campus is a research partnership between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that provides unique new capabilities that are available to the UT and ORNL scientific community, as well as other research and development organizations.
The Scintillation Materials Research Center (SMRC) is a unique multidisciplinary research facility formed by a collaboration of the University of Tennessee and CTI Molecular Imaging. Located in the College of Engineering, our mission is to discover and develop new scintillation materials which will provide the foundation for the next generation of gamma-ray, x-ray, and neutron detectors for future medical imaging systems, homeland security inspection and monitoring systems, neutron and high energy particle physics experiments, and more.
Center for Materials Processing
Designated by the state of Tennessee as a Center of Excellence, the CMP’s research efforts focus on the control of material properties through their composition and molecular structure as well as how these factors relate to materials processing. Participating researchers come from all engineering disciplines.
UT Nonwovens Research Laboratory
The UTNRL features several advanced melt blown pilot lines and many other processing and test facilities designed to make a fully equiped nonwovens research lab. At UTNRL, university professors, students, and engineers come together to create a facility to support nonwovens studies, research, and applications. Our research meltblowing lines are available to private industry as well as government through research grants.