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Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Description - ORNL is that largest national laboratory in the Department of Energy, which focuses on material science, neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, biology, and national security. ORNL is home to the fastest computer in the world. For more information about ORNL, click here.

Facilities - ORNL is home to the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, High Flux Isotope Reactor, High Temperature Materials Laboratory, National Center for Computational Sciences, National Transportation Research Center, Shared Research Equipment Collaborative Research Center, and Spallation Neutron Source. For more information on these facilities and equipment, click here.

Contact - 865.576.7658


Vanderbilt Institution of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Description - VINSE is a state-of-the-art institution at Vanderbilt University between faculty members from College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the Medical Center.  This interdisciplinary institution focuses on the synthesis, organization, and manipulation of nanoscale materials that will enhance solar energy conversion, ultra-sensitive sensors, and vaccines production.

Facilities - VINSE has 6 core laboratories including Biomolecular Nano-Structure Laboratory, Electron Optics Laboratory, Nano-Carbon Laboratory, Nano-Optics Laboratory, Nanocrystal Fabrication Laboratory, Silicon Integration Laboratory.

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The Polymer Characterization Laboratory – University of Tennessee Knoxville

Description - PCL is housed within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The laboratory has the ability to collected data on molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, conformation, size, and thermal properties of polymers.

Facilities - PCL services researchers in providing polymer characterization services, such as chromotography, light scattering, differential refractometry, osmometry, viscometry, dynamic mechanical analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis, and atomic force and low voltage electron microscopy. For a list of equipment, click here.

Contacts - Complete Contact List


National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) – University of Tennessee/ORNL

Description - NICS developed from a National Science Foundation award. Their mission “is to enable the scientific discoveries of researchers nationwide by providing leading-edge computational resources and education, outreach and training for under-represented groups.”

Facilities - NICS is home to one of the world’s fast computers, Kraken.  The system “contains 18,816 compute sockets, 147 terabytes of memory, and 3.3 petabytes of raw disk space.”  NICS also has access for Jaguar Supercomputer.

Contact - Staff Directory


Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) - University of Tennessee/ORNL

Description - JICS is an institute establish through a partnership between University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to “advance scientific discovery and state-of-the-art engineering and to further knowledge of computational modeling and stimulation…”

Facilities – Jaguar-Cray XT5-HE Supercomputer

Contact - Contact Directory

 Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) - University of Tennessee/ORNL

Description – JIAM was established in 2005 and focuses on three classes of materials: 1) Advance Structural Materials, 2) Soft and Hybrid Materials, and 3) Functional Materials and Devices. JAIM’ laboratories are equipped with advanced imaging technologies that develop, test, and characterize materials.

Facilities – Zeiss Libra 200 transmission electron microscope (TEM), Zeiss Auriga Crossbeam focused ion-beam scanning electron microscope (FIB/SEM), and other analytical instruments.

Contact – George Pharr:


Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences (JINS)- University of Tennessee/ORNL

Description – The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences (JINS) was founded as a collaborative effort between ORNL and UTK to promote the use of neutron scattering in various fields of research. Research in JINS is concentrated in three areas; Neutrons in Condensed Matter Physics, Neutrons in Soft Matter and Biological Physics, and Fundamental Neutron Physics.

Facilities – Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the recently upgraded High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

Contact – Hope Moore-Webb:

Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS)- ORNL

Description – JIBS came into being in 2007 in a focused fundamental research environment stressing the nation’s long term needs in areas of energy security, independence, sustainability, and the energy-environment-climate nexus. JIBS supports highly interdisciplinary and crosscutting research themes needed to accelerate progress in complex bioenergy and bioenvironmental systems, but it also accommodates the needs of individual investigators by facilitating access to facilities and equipment crucial to competitive independent research.
Facilities- Building Technologies Research and Integration Centers (BTRIC), Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS), Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CSMB), Carbon Fiber Technology System (CFTS), High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), National Transportation Research Center (NTRC), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)

Contact – Michael L. Simpson: