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“Brick-and-Mortar” Self-Assembly Approach to Mesoporous Carbon Nanocomposites Mesoporous carbon materials lack sufficient ordering at the atomic scale to exhibit good conductivity properties and thermal stability. To date, mesoporous carbons having uniform mesopores and high surface areas have been prepared from partially graphitizable precursors in the presence of templates. High-temperature the…

Improved bacterial cellulose wound dressings were developed by ORNL researchers. Bacterial cellulose is already marketed as a wound dressing under the trade name Biofill. The ORNL invention extends and improves this product. This technology can be used to treat wounds, burns, and other types of skin trauma in both civilian and military settings. Bacterial cellulose is useful for the treatment o…

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Aluminum-Ion Battery to Transform 21st Century Energy Storage Scientists at ORNL are developing a high energy density, rechargeable aluminum- ion battery that will be a significant contribution to 21st century energy storage technologies. Current electrical energy storage falls far short of the requirements for transportation, commercial, and residential electrical and heating needs. The high ene…

An Environmentally Safe Detector for Hazardous Gas ORNL researchers developed a breakthrough design for a hazardous-gas detector that is environmentally safe and inexpensive and that includes both sensing and detecting means. The invention can detect and identify volatile organic and inorganic substances in vapors faster than conventional methods. Improved sensitivity using less complicated, less…

Latent fingerprints, invisible to the naked eye, are formed mainly by secretions such as sweat, dirt, and oils. They are challenging to capture because there is often time for the print to decompose by the time imaging techniques are applied. To improve the range of tools available for crime scene investigation, ORNL researchers invented a method to detect and analyze latent prints on challenging …

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: Imaging, Chemistry, Petroleum...

Ultra-stable Gold Nanocatalysts Gold is inert in large quantities but exhibits surprisingly high catalytic activity when dispersed as small nanoparticles on selected metal oxides. ORNL researchers successfully deposited and stabilized gold nanoparticles on surfaces of rare earth materials, creating ultra-stable gold nanocatalysts that exhibit unprecedented efficiency in industrial oxidation proce…

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: Metal, Gold, Fuel Cell...

Imprinting Method for Selective Mesoporous Sorbents An ORNL invention uses a unique molecular surface imprinting technique to make sorbent materials that can be tailored to target specific molecules. The mesoporous, ordered sorbents can sense, quantify, and remove toxic ions from effluents. The method offers a new class of chemical tools for industrial cleanup processes. A major challenge facin…

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: Metal, Toxin, Amino Acids...

Composition and Method for Rapid and Equimolar CO 2 Capture The emission of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from burning of fossil fuels has received worldwide attention because of its implication in climate change, which threatens economies and environments. Accordingly, new materials that can efficiently, reversibly, and economically capture CO 2 must be developed. Currently, the goal is to design an…

Neutron Detection Using an Embedded Sol-Gel Neutron Absorber ORNL researchers invented a method for neutron detection that can play an important role in international safeguards and U.S. security. The technology, based on sol-gel chemistry, uses metallic oxides embedded in a glass film that fission when bombarded with neutrons, producing a signature event in the film. Using ultraviolet light, fis…

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: Fission, Gel, Glass...

ORNL researchers developed a method of producing a new family of conductive, low-volatility protic ionic liquids (PILs). Protic ionic liquids can be used in proton- exchange membrane fuel cells for the transformation of chemical energy to electrical energy. These liquids are also useful as separation materials and solvent systems in chemical reactions. Protic ionic liquids have had a propensity t…

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