Oak Ridge National Laboratory


  • Staff: 4,400 scientists and engineers in over 100 disciplines
  • Users and visiting scientists annually: 3,200
  • Budget: $1.4 billion
  • S. patents issued since 2004: 594
  • Active licenses as of September 2014: 130

Thomas Zacharia Director Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), jointly managed by the University of Tennessee (UT) and Battelle, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory. Research specializations include energy, high-performance computing, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, materials science, environmental science and climate.

A tradition of partnership drives everyone at ORNL. Our scientists find creative ways to bring open science capabilities to industry and, ultimately, to change our world. The University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm is a powerful expression of this portion of our mission. Tenants have access to ORNL and all of its resources.

ORNL gives businesses ready access to an array of tools, processes and research talent that are hard to find anywhere else. ORNL is conveniently located near downtown Knoxville, adjacent to The University of Tennessee and just 15 minutes from Cherokee Farm.

ORNL also works in collaboration with the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM). Located in the center of the UT Research Park, JIAM is an interdisciplinary facility that leverages ORNL’s world-leading materials science capabilities to address specific problems in a range of disciplines, including groundbreaking work in hybrid materials, structural materials, energy, modeling and materials characterization. Organizations that rely on these specializations to develop market-leading products will find the capabilities of JIAM a strong incentive for locating at the UT Research Park.