Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that will accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation.

ORNL was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project and pioneered plutonium production and separation. Today, ORNL is home to the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor – two powerful neutron science facilities, and the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer, Summit.

Learn more about manufacturing-related user facilities on DOE's page here and see a full list on ORNL's page here, or visit ORNL's home page here

Contact Information

Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs: Craig Blue

Laboratory Director: Thomas Zacharia

Technology Transfer: Mike Paulus


Intellectual Property: Jennifer Caldwell



View the full ORNL leadership team and their contact information here.

Core Capabilities

ORNL creates and deploys multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams whose efforts transform fundamental research into new technologies and applications. Signature strengths in neutron scattering, high-performance computing, advanced materials, and nuclear science and engineering are the foundation for a broad research and development portfolio.

  • Forefront science using neutrons
  • Leadership-class computing, data infrastructure, and data analytics for science
  • Advanced materials for energy applications
  • Next-generation nuclear power
  • Biological, environmental, and Earth system sciences
  • Sustainable solutions for buildings, transportation, manufacturing, and energy generation and consumption
  • Isotopes for medicine, research, energy exploration, and industry
  • Science and technology for national security