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UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm is a research and development park that gives businesses access to the most powerful tools available in materials science, advanced manufacturing, and high-performance computing, along with the internationally renowned researchers at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

UT Spark Innovation Center is a new UT Research Park initiative to assist early stage technology companies in the region. Selected client companies have Facility Use Agreements with the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials and work with SPARK staff to meet the milestones required for them to graduate to commercially available space in the region, preferably within the Research Park.

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL is a collaborative nanoscience user research facility for the synthesis, characterization, theory/modeling/simulation, and design of nanoscale materials. CNMS’ central organizing concept is to provide unique opportunities to understand nanoscale materials, assemblies, and phenomena through creation of a set of scientific synergies that will accelerate the process of discovery.

The UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences (JINS) is located on the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) site at ORNL. With SNS and an upgraded High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the scientific community now has access to both state-of-the-art pulsed and steady-state neutron sources at one location. JINS enhances and supports research that engages both of these facilities.

The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is an accelerator-based neutron source on the ORNL campus. The SNS facility provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development. SNS was built by a partnership of six U.S Department of Energy laboratories. Along with its sister facility, the High Flux Isotope Reactor, SNS is making Oak Ridge a hub for neutron scattering research.

The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world. The thermal and cold neutrons produced by HFIR are used to study physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology. The intense neutron flux, constant power density, and constant-length fuel cycles are used by more than 200 researchers each year for neutron scattering research into the fundamental properties of condensed matter.

The Scintillation Materials Research Center (SMRC) is a multidisciplinary research facility supported by funding from both private industry and government sources. Located in the College of Engineering, SMRC facilitates discovery and development of new scintillation materials that will provide the foundation for the next generation of gamma ray, X-ray, and neutron detectors. New radiation detectors will have a major impact on future medical imaging systems, homeland security inspection and monitoring systems, neutron and high-energy particle physics experiments, and remote exploration for new energy resources.

ORNL Materials Science and Technology Division conducts fundamental and applied materials research for basic energy sciences programs and a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, conservation, fossil energy, fusion energy, nuclear power, and space exploration.

UT Center for Materials Processing (CMP), a Tennessee Center of Excellence, conducts research on the control of material properties through their composition and molecular structure. CMP also explores how these factors relate to materials processing.