Separations and Materials Research is a unique group within the Energy and Engineering Science Directorate and the Nuclear Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Our chemists and chemical engineers conduct basic and applied research on a variety of crosscutting topics to create transformational solutions for energy and other U.S. needs related to environment, security, and national competitiveness.
Our sponsors within the US Department of Energy include multiple programs of the Office of Science and several DOE mission offices, including the Office of Fossil Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In addition, we conduct work for external sponsors, including other federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the DOD/DOE/EPA Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.
Current technical focus areas include:
We actively collaborate with researchers in industry, academia, and other national laboratories. Several group members are adjunct faculty and/or joint faculty at core universities of ORNL, and we host a large number of students and guest researchers each year to work in our laboratories.
We are active in a number of external activities, including: