Partners with the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
In order to meet global challenges in health care, the environment, renewable energy sources, national security, and economic prosperity, the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department has instituted innovative partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, local industry and other disciplines at University of Tennessee, such as medical, life, physical sciences, and business. Below are the links to some of our partner sites.
BESC: DoE Bioenergy Solutions Center
BESC is a partnership for bioenergy solutions that is connecting the world’s leading scientific minds and resources. Our goal is to help develop viable, plentiful and clean alternative fuel sources for generations to come. For instance, turning common switchgrass or soybeans into fuel that runs your car.
CEB: Center for Environmental Biotechnology
The Center for Environmental Biotechnology was established in 1986 to foster a multidisciplinary approach for training the next generation of environmental scientists and solving environmental problems through biotechnology. Over the past 22 years, the CEB has distinguished itself as a world leader in developing the interdisciplinary research field of Environmental Biotechnology.
Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company manufactures and markets the chemicals, fibers and plastics that give everyday products the strength, design and functional characteristics desired by consumers and commercial customers worldwide. Eastman draws on innovative approaches to achieve practical solutions, creating useful materials that serve their customers while caring for the communities in which we work and live.
ISSE: Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environment
The University of Tennessee's Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe.
JIAM: Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
JIAM builds upon a broad and growing research partnership between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Together the two institutions house some of the world's most advanced facilities in neutron scattering, nanophase materials, and high-performance computing.
JIBS: Joint Institute of Biological Sciences
The overall objective of JIBS is to advance science and technology to better understand complex biological systems and their relationship with human health and the environment. We have significant expertise and special facilities in Mammalian Genetics and Genomics, Computational Biology, Biophysics and Biomedical Technologies, and Toxicology and Risk Analysis. We bring our collective expertise together with a number of ORNL-internal and external collaborators to focus on scientific challenges in modern biology. The division continues a 50-year legacy of important discoveries in Biology. Our programs are supported by a number of federal and non-federal agencies and institutions, such as the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several industrial partners.
JICS: Joint Institute for Computational Sciences
The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the University of Tennessee. The NICS petascale scientific computing environment is housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The state of Tennessee's ORNL is the current location for two of the world's most powerful computers. The mission of NICS is to enable the scientific discoveries of researchers nationwide by providing leading-edge computational resources, together with support for their effective use, and leveraging extensive partnership opportunities.
Neutron Science Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Neutron science research is on its way to promising developments in materials science. Neutron scattering techniques provide exceptional tools for studying the structure and dynamics of materials at the molecular level. With the High Flux Isotope Reactor—the highest flux reactor-based neutron source for condensed matter research in the United States—and the Spallation Neutron Source—the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source—ORNL provides neutron scattering capabilities unavailable anywhere else in the world.
Oak Ridge National Laboratories
ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
SEERC: Sustainable Energy and Education Research Center
The Sustainable Energy and Education Research Center (SEERC) is envisioned to thrust the UT Knoxville campus into the technological forefront as a global nexus of sustainable energy research, education, and innovation. The primary mission of SEERC is to educate the next generation of world leaders in the sustainable energy arena by establishing effective, productive, and efficient partnerships with local, national, and global organizations with common interests, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the US Department of Energy (DOE), as well as concerned private corporations and foundations.