Five UT-ORNL joint institutes link distinct, complementary resources in select, high-priority scientific and engineering fields at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Each opens doors to leadership-class research instrumentation and computing facilities; offers an environment conducive to collaboration; and provides the physical space where scientists and engineers can exchange ideas and work collectively to answer complex research questions.
UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
The Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) promotes interdisciplinary research and education related to developing new materials with superior properties (such as greater toughness and high-temperature strength) or those that can be tailored to support new technologies (such as pocket-sized supercomputers).
UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences
The Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS) supports interdisciplinary, crosscutting research that accelerates progress in complex bioenergy and bioenvironmental systems. It also aids access by UT-ORNL faculty, staff, and students to state-of-the-art capability in genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analysis of biological and environmental systems.
UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences
The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) advances scientific discovery and state-of-the-art engineering and computational modeling and simulation. JICS takes full advantage of the petascale and beyond computers in the Department of Energy National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) and UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS).
UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research
The Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research (JIHIR) links UT, ORNL, and Vanderbilt University research that explores the structure of atomic nuclei, via several types of experimental programs and an extensive UT-ORNL theoretical nuclear physics initiative.
UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences
The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences (JINS) promotes worldwide neutron scattering collaboration among researchers in biological and life sciences, energy sciences, polymer science, condensed matter physics, and computational sciences.