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CMI is a public/private partnership led by Ames Laboratory that brings together the best and brightest research minds from universities, national laboratories, and the private sector to find innovative technology solutions that will help avoid a materials supply shortage that would threaten our clean energy industry as well as our security interests. Many materials deemed critical by the U.S. Department of Energy are used in modern clean energy technologies, including wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient lighting.
The purpose of CMI is to help the United States in four key areas:
- Diversifying supplies. If one source goes offline, we can rely on production from a different source.
- Developing substitute materials that can meet needs without using the materials we use today.
- Using the available materials more efficiently: reducing waste in manufacturing processes, and increasing recycling for a circular economy.
- Delivering enabling capabilities: Having tools to accelerate discovery and inform what materials might become critical in the future.
The Institute’s industrial collaborators work to incorporate CMI innovations in their products and processes, across the areas described above – source diversification, materials substitution, and improved stewardship of existing resources. Opportunities for industrial partners to engage with CMI include:
- CMI Affiliates: CMI Affiliates attend CMI meetings, are informed about CMI research outcomes, and provide input to CMI. Affiliates pay an annual fee based on the organization type, and sign a Membership Agreement. CMI Affiliates may become CMI Team members or sponsor research in other ways with different levels of financial commitment and ownership of intellectual property.
- CMI Team Member: CMI Team members participate in CMI research through research subcontracts or provision of cost sharing funds. Requirements include specific research project deliverables within the entity's areas of expertise, an agreed scope of work with negotiated budget, including cost-share as applicable, as approved by the CMI Director.
The National Security Technology Applications Center leverages Y-12's collective expertise and resources to assess, develop, demonstrate, and deploy innovative security technologies and products for a broad range of applications, from biometrics to homeland security and defense.
We can also help to determine a security technology's value by testing it in real-world settings. This qualitative examination of the technology's performance answers the question: “Will the system work effectively when needed?” Both the technology provider and the technology buyer derive significant benefits from the rigorous methodology we employ in our professional, standards-based testing and evaluation.
Our expertise spans a wide array of technologies, including:
- Explosive detection systems
- Biometrics and access control technologies
- Personnel screening systems
- Cargo/vehicle screening technologies
- Radiation detection technologies
- Remotely-operated weapon systems
- Intrusion-detection systems
- Perimeter security technologies
- Advanced optical systems
- Sniper detection and response systems
- Command, control, communications, coordination, intelligence (C4I) systems
The Oak Ridge Metrology Center (ORMC) serves as a unique resource to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and provides calibration services traceable to NIST standards in 29 measurement disciplines. Our capabilities include complex geometric measurements, dimensional metrology, and physical and electrical metrology.
ORMC provides NIST-traceable measurements in the following areas:
- Angular measurements including angle blocks, rotary tables, and autocollimators
- Direct and alternating voltage and current, radio frequency power, resistance, ratio, oscilloscopes, and phase
- Gas flow, gas analysis, moisture/humidity, and density/volume
- Hardness, force, torque, and acceleration
- Ionizing optical, optical pyrometry, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
- Vacuum and standard leaks
Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is only sensitive to systems containing unpaired electron spins. This makes EPR an indispensable technique for research into the chemical, biochemical and catalytical reactions where these radicals play a vital role. Another related field of application is in photochemistry, where chemical reactions are initiated by light.
After light absorption, the first step of transformation involves a charge separation process, which create both a negatively charged electron and a positively charged hole. Both of these posses unpaired spins and can be detected, characterized and followed by EPR. Furthermore, open-shell transition metals which are at the center of many catalytic reactions can also be studied in detail by EPR spectroscopy.
Y-12 is a vital part of efforts to combat chemical, radiological, and nuclear (C/R/N) terrorism. Applying our operationally based knowledge at our customized training facilities, we support missions to contain, convert, remove, and protect vulnerable C/R/N material located at sites worldwide. An important aspect of securing these materials is timely, well-equipped, well-trained responders who can interrupt and neutralize an adversary before he/she can gain access to these materials. Our specialized Alarm Response Training program is specifically tailored to the responsible on-site and local responders who support the protection of sites with C/R/N material.
The three-day course moves from classroom lectures, practical discussions, group problem solving, and equipment proficiency to a realistic tabletop exercise and wraps up with functional, operationally based field exercise scenarios. The primary objective is to prepare personnel to protect themselves and their communities in response to alarms involving attempted theft of C/R/N material.
Ames Laboratory PSDF produces custom powder metals which cannot be purchased from commercial suppliers in small and pilot-scale powder batches for external parties through DOE‘s Strategic Partnership Projects. PSDF also can conduct assessments of powder submitted to the facility.