Early Career winners

Five ORNL scientists to receive DOE Early Career Research awards

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The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected five Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists for Early Career Research Program awards.

Rich Giannone

Rich Giannone: Solving puzzles through proteins

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Rich Giannone uses bioanalytical mass spectrometry to examine proteins, the primary driver in biological systems.

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National Laboratories Point to Sugars as Key Factor in Ideal Feedstock

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Popular wisdom holds tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories reveals that is only part of the equation.

A switchgrass field near the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, about 10 miles southwest of University Park.

Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels

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Plant-based biofuels can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing these crops in certain landscapes offers net climate benefits compared to other land use options, according to a team of international scientists.

Dan Jacobson

Laying the Groundwork for a New "Green Revolution"

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In 2015, all member states of the United Nations pledged to pursue the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN General Assembly in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Advanced Plant Phenotyping Lab

Unique imaging capabilities yield new knowledge, growth for bioeconomy

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have a powerful new tool in the quest to produce better plants for biofuels, bioproducts and agriculture.

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Stronger membranes help yeast tolerate bioenergy production chemicals

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Creating biofuels and other products from plant material is a complex process. Among other things, we need chemicals to break down plant cells. 


A new non-GMO method to edit plants with CRISPR

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An NC State researcher has developed a new way to get CRISPR/Cas9 into plant cells without inserting foreign DNA. This allows for precise genetic deletions or replacements, without inserting foreign DNA. Therefore, the end product is not a genetically modified organism, or GMO.

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Lignin research yields additional answers into bacteria's role

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A collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and three other national laboratories has yielded new insight into the ability of bacteria to break down the hardy part of a plant known as lignin.

Tatenda Muchero

Kiddo Q&A: Tatenda & Wellington Muchero

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Meet Tatenda and Wellington Muchero. Wellington is a researcher in biosciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His daughter, Tatenda, had the opportunity to ask him questions about what he does at the lab.

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