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Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory: April 2011
Date:4/5/2011

MILITARY -- H2O from diesel

Capillary action and graphite foam are being enlisted by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to solve a logistical nightmare for the military and U.S. troops deployed around the world. While soldiers require nearly seven gallons of water a day, just getting that water to them increases troop vulnerability and limits their tactical use. Using an ORNL proprietary system, however, this problem could be greatly reduced. The system uses the pores of inorganic membranes to condense water present in a diesel's exhaust stream to produce about gallon of water from each gallon of diesel. The system also uses graphite foam, an R&D 100 Award-winning material developed at ORNL. Previously explored methods to produce potable water from diesel exhaust have been deemed "undeployable" by the military. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]


ELECTRONICS -- Plasmonic sensors

Plasmonic, or metallic, nanostructures are one step closer to fulfilling their promise as next-generation sensors and devices for high-speed communications because of research performed by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Fudan University. Despite the potential, a big challenge has been to tune the optical response of plasmonic nanostructures in real time. By applying an external electric field and exploiting the unique electric and magnetic properties of a novel multiferroic substrate material, the researchers demonstrated the ability to achieve active control over the optical response of gold nanostructures with an unprecedented degree of tunability. "The unique optical response of metal nanostructures has catapulted the field of 'plasmonics' into the limelight with the promise of revolutionizing ways to deliver localized radiation for cancer research, optical circuitry for fast information transfer and ultra-sensitive biological and ultra-sensitive biol
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Contact: Ron Walli
wallira@ornl.gov
865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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