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Orlando Rios

Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Orlando Rios is a Research Scientist in the Deposition Science and Technology group, Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Material Science and Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. Orlando is a thrust lead in the Critical Materials Institute, a multi-institution partnership that includes National Laboratories, Universities, and Industry. He is also the technical lead for electromagnetic processing and critical materials in the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. He joined ORNL as a Weinberg Fellow in the MSTD in 2009. Previously, he was a NASA graduate student research fellow.  Rios earned doctorate, masters, and bachelor’s degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida.

Orlando’s research is interdisciplinary and cross-cutting in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. The diverse portfolio is founded on a strong background and interest in material thermodynamics; the science and laws of thermodynamics are pervasive and provide a common ground to understand all sciences with a common language. Additionally, he teaches a research philosophy based on a simple yet powerful set of rules and relationships that define material states and properties. Orlando collaborates with an integrated team of researchers across the university, ORNL, industry, and partner laboratories. This includes additive manufacturing of metals; alloy design and development; magnetic material development; neutron diffraction polymers and magnetic materials; advanced materials manufacturing methods; and rapid solidification. The overarching theme of his research is focused on addressing scientific and engineering issues through the experimental design, testing, and implementation of innovative materials solutions. Orlando has focused effort on materials processing under extreme conditions such as high-intensity electromagnetic fields. He is the PI of several research projects funded by the Department of Energy across the field of Materials Science and Engineering, including electromagnetic processing of energy-related materials and development of advanced high-temperature Al-Ce alloys. These projects aim to diversify the supply of rare earth elements by developing new uses for co-products. Orlando is a Focus Area Lead for Raw Materials for the Federation of European Material Societies in Euromat. Orlando has 14 patents, 22 patent applications under review, over 40 journal articles, and 1 book chapter. He co-chairs graduate committees and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students through co-located research and through internships at the national laboratories.


Research

  • Materials Thermodynamics  
  • Additive Manufacturing (metal and Polymer) 
  • Alloy Development 
  • Electrochemistry 
  • Electromagnetic Processing 
  • Experimental Thermodynamics 
  • Interdisciplinary Education 
  • CALPHAD  
  • Microstructure and Property Relationships 
  • Neutron and High Energy X-ray Diffraction 
  • Solidification 
  • Cross Cutting Materials Research 

Education

Degrees

  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering
    University of Florida, 2009
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering
    University of Florida, 2006
  • B.S. Materials Science and Engineering
    University of Florida, 2002

Awards and Recognitions

  • Tech Connect Innovation Award, Al-Ce Alloys for Additive Manufacturing, Tech Connect Organization (2019) https://www.techconnectworld.com/World2019/participate/innovation/awards.html
  • Tech Connect Innovation Award, Additive Manufacturing of Bonded Permanent Magnets using a Novel Polymer Matrix, Tech Connect Organization (2019) https://www.techconnectworld.com/World2019/participate/innovation/awards.html 

  • Battelle Distinguished Inventorship Award, Awarded to most innovative who hold at least 14 patents and exhibit leadership in innovation and commercialization
  • R&D 100 Award, ARE: Ambient Cure Reactive Polymer Additive Manufacturing: (2018) Project and Institute Lead 

  • Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Great Minds in STEM, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (2018)

  • Light Metals Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, Light Metals Division, Casting Characteristics of High Cerium Content Aluminum Alloys (2018)

  • Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) National Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Licensing ORNL’s High-Performance, Low-Cost Alloys to Eck Industries (2018). Letters of recognition received from Governor Haslam, Senator Alexander, and Secretary of Energy Perry
  • 010 FLC Southeast Regional Award: Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
  • R&D 100 Award, ACE: The Ageless Aluminum Revolution (2017) Project and Institute Lead 
  • R&D 100 Award, 3D Printed Magnets (2017)

  • Weinberg Fellowship, ORNL (2009–2011)
  • Fellow, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

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