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Oak Ridge National Laboratory

website: http://www.ornl.gov/

Main Contact Person
Charles Finney
work: 865-946-1243
Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the Department of Energy's (DOE's) largest science and energy laboratory. Managed since April 2000 by a partnership of the University of Tennessee and Battelle, ORNL was established in 1943 as a part of the secret Manhattan Project to pioneer a method for producing and separating plutonium. During the 1950s and 1960s, ORNL became an international center for the study of nuclear energy and related research in the physical and life sciences. With the creation of DOE in the 1970s, ORNL's mission broadened to include a variety of energy technologies and strategies. Today the laboratory supports the nation with a peacetime science and technology mission that is just as important as, but very different from, its role during the Manhattan Project. The Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center (FEERC) is the largest group within ORNL involved in combustion R&D. In line with DOE's overall mission, FEERC specializes in the detailed characterization of energy efficiency and emissions for combustion processes in transportation and stationary power generation systems, including cars and trucks, fuel cells, and boilers. FEERC staff members include mechanical, chemical, and aerospace engineers along with chemists and physicists. Research projects are funded by DOE, other government agencies, and private industry and utilize unique experimental and computational capabilities not typically available in industry or academia.