Brookhaven National Laboratory

Research at the frontiers of scientific discovery.

Mission: Perform basic and applied research at the frontiers of scientific discovery.

Areas of Research: Nuclear and high-energy physics; physics and chemistry of materials; nanoscience; energy and environmental research; national security and nonproliferation; neurosciences and medical imaging; structural biology; and computational sciences.


Location: Upton (Long Island), New York

Owned By: U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

Managed By: Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC
(Battelle and The Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of the State University of New York at Stony Brook are the LLC member companies)


Commercial Innovations

Fuel-Efficient Oil Burner Systems: Conserving Energy for Consumers

Discovery: Brookhaven National Laboratory conducted research on efficient use of distillate oil in boilers, furnaces, direct-fired chillers and integrated power generation equipment.

Development: The Department of Energy’s Office of Building Technologies, New York State Energy Agencies, the National Oilheat Research Alliance and corporate partners co-sponsored follow-on research.

Deployment: Since 1980, consumers have saved an estimated $25 billion in fuel costs and avoided 160 megatons of carbon dioxide.

Biomedical Imaging: Advancing Cancer Detection and Treatment

Discovery: Brookhaven National Laboratory developed small, modular, reliable, room-temperature Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride detectors for X-rays and gamma rays, building on historic biomedical detector and imaging research.

Development: A cooperative R&D agreement and license with Hybridyne Imaging Technologies, Inc. expanded application to high-resolution, close-proximity imaging for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

Deployment: Hybridyne marketed ProxiScan™ and received Food and Drug Administration clearance to modify it for other cancer detection and surgical uses. Additional applications include homeland security and environmental monitoring.

Versatile Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Detectors for Developing an Efficient Mobile Scanner

Discovery: As part of the Department of Energy’s investment in nuclear medicine and imaging, Brookhaven National Laboratory researched radiochemistry-based neuroscience tools.

Development: Brookhaven National Laboratory assembled and tested prototype instrumentation for miniature detectors, leveraging modularity and incorporating improved timing resolution.

Deployment: Two technologies are available for licensing: 1) a wrist scanner that brings quantitative PET to the bedside to non-invasively measure radioactivity in the blood, and 2) an affordable PET/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) insert for preclinical scanning.

Discovery: A Brookhaven Lab Overview

Brookhaven is a Multi-Program National Laboratory.