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CBE Research Partners

In order to meet global challenges in health care, the environment, renewable energy sources, national security, and economic prosperity, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has instituted innovative partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); local industry; and other disciplines at University of Tennessee (UT), such as medical, life, physical sciences, and business. Below are the links to some of our partner sites.

CBI: Center for Bioenergy Innovation

CBI is one of four Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Centers within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science created to expand on the foundational successes of former bioenergy research centers and to lay the scientific groundwork for a new robust, biobased economy.

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

UT’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 UT and ORNL. Together the two institutions house some of the world’s most advanced facilities in neutron scattering, nanophase materials, and high-performance computing.

Joint Institute for Computational Sciences

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by UT. The NICS petascale scientific computing environment is housed at ORNL. 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 ORNL

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.


ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the US Department of Energy (DOE) 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 ORNL and the DOE, as well as concerned private corporations and foundations.

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