Functional Materials Research at NETL
Just as the newest jet aircraft technologies require cutting edge innovations like carbon-fiber composites, polymers, and avionics to make them fly, the next generation of high efficiency and environmentally sound energy-producing technologies demand a very specific set of functional materials to make them capable of answering the nation’s increasing energy needs.
NETL Research Team Wins Carnegie Science Award
A research team at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been honored with a Carnegie Science Award in recognition of the ways their work has serviced manufacturing and materials science in the western Pennsylvanian area.
NETL’s Metallurgical Expertise Reaches New Heights
Extreme environments are everywhere. From the pressures of the ultradeep ocean to the inferno heat of a power plant, harsh conditions make scientific ingenuity a necessity. To operate technology in extreme environments, new materials that can withstand those environments need to be created. Scientists at NETL are known for their ability to do just that.
NETL Examines Foamed Cement for Safer Recovery of Oil and Gas around the World
What does a CT scanner have to do with safer drilling operations? The answer may surprise you. Researchers at NETL are combining their unparalleled expertise with unexpected tools like CT scanners to investigate a material that prevents leaks and spills during oil and gas drilling operations—foamed cement.
Dr. Grace M. Bochenek
In Recognition of Women’s History Month
Thirty years ago, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to honor extraordinary achievements of American women. It would take many pages for me to recognize the many talented and innovative women who have been responsible for “extraordinary achievements” in support of NETL’s mission to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations.
NETL Researcher Wins Best Poster Award
NETL researcher Anna Nakano received the Best Poster Award by a Young Professional in the Functional Materials Division at the TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, held earlier this month. Co-authored by Jinichiro Nakano and James Bennett the poster reported thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the high-temperature thermocouple sensor alloy failure controlled by distinct diffusion processes. Congratulations!
Materials Research Snapshot
NETL researcher John Baltrus uses X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to analyze a materials surface chemistry. Surface characterization is important for determining how materials interact with their environment. Researchers rely on their understanding of how surfaces behave to improve the performance of materials being incorporated into devices such as optical gas sensors. Read more!