Source: Mirage News | February 8, 2020
The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is host to two flagship facilities for world-leading neutron scattering research-the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).
Year after year, HFIR and SNS are used by scientists from around the world to gain new insights into the structure and behavior of energy and materials at the atomic scale-insights that in many cases could not be found any other way or at any other institution.
From discovering new phases of ice, to aiding in the development of advanced industrial catalysts and adding new knowledge to combatting neurological disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, it was another productive year for neutrons.
In 2019, ORNL neutron scattering facilities provided beam time to over 750 US and international researchers who conducted a total of 780 experiments. Between HFIR and SNS, approximately 650 scientific publications were produced in the calendar year-467 of which instrument-based publications, and many of which appeared in high impact journals such as Nature and Advanced Materials.