2012 JDRD Awards

In 2012 the Science Alliance funded eight new and four second-year JDRD projects.

First-Year Projects

The following individuals received first-year JDRD funding in 2012.

Aimée Classen, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Incorporating microbial dynamics that alter soil C fluxes into terrestrial C cycle models (Incorporating molecular-scale mechanisms stabilizing soil organic C into terrestrial C cycle models, Melanie Mayes, ORNL Environmental Sciences Division)

David Jenkins, Department of Chemistry

Triazole and Tetrazole Linkers for Covalent Organic Frameworks for Carbon Dioxide Capture (Novel Covalent Organic Frameworks with Tailored Carbon Capture Functionality, Radu Custelcean, ORNL Chemical Sciences Division)

David Keffer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Lignin-based High Performance Li-Ion Anode Materials Synthesized from Low-Cost Renewable Resources (Lignin-based High-Performance Li-Ion Anode Materials Synthesized from Low-Cost Renewable Resources, Orlando Rios, ORNL Materials Science and Technology Division)

Veerle Keppens, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Ferroelectric instabilities in thermoelectric materials (Improving energy efficiency in thermoelectric materials by integrating neutron scattering with supercomputing and modeling, Oliver Delaire, ORNL Materials Science and Technology Division)

Husheng Li, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Wireless Communication Network Design for Flow Control in Microgrid (Power Flow Control Using Distributed Saturable Reactors, Aleksandar D. Dimitrovski, ORNL Energy and Transportation Science Division)

Edmund Perfect, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Coupled Simulation of Hydrologic Processes and Terrestrial Ecosystem and Climate Feedbacks: Inclusion of Soil Freezing/Thawing and Upscaling Modules in PFLOTRAN (Coupled Simulation of Surface-Subsurface Hydrologic Processes and Ecosystem and Climate Feedbacks: From Arctic Landscapes to the Continental U.S., Richard Mills, ORNL Computer Science and Mathematics Division)

Cong Trinh, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Redesigning yeast metabolism for optimal biodiesel production from biomass (Synthetic metabolic pathways for bioconversion of lignin and biomass inhibitors, Adam Guss, ORNL Biosciences Division)

Steven Wilhelm, Department of Microbiology

High-throughput transcriptomics to secure ecosystem health in freshwater systems (High-Throughput Transcriptomics for Microbial Bioforensic Analysis, Loren Hauser, ORNL Biosciences Division)

Second-Year Projects

The following individuals received JDRD funding in 2011.

Gajanan Bhat, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Monolayer Polymeric Coatings to Enhance the Performance and Service Life of Membranes for High Temperature Biomass Pretreatment (Nanoporous Inorganic Membranes for Selective Separations in High Temperature Flow-through Recycle Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass, Ramesh Bhave)

Qing Cao, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Distributed Computational Framework for Massive Heterogeneous Data Fusion A Location-Centric Approach (Distributed Computational Framework for Massive Heterogeneous Data Fusion, James Horey)

Lee Han, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Distributed Computation Framework for Faster-than-Real-Time Microscopic Traffic Simulation (Distributed Computational Framework for Massive Heterogeneous Data Fusion, James Horey)

Qiang He, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lignocellulose Bioconversion in Anaerobic Digestion as a Unique Model (Harnessing Nitrogen and Sulfur Cycles to Develop Microbial Consortia for Consolidated Bioprocessing, David Graham)