Case Studies

Battelle's multidisciplinary approach is what sets us apart from our competition. Our case studies are examples of the types of solutions we have created to meet our client's most difficult challenges.
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  • When Use Environment Counts

    Our client needed a comparative formative study of two different devices for administration of glucagon in rescue situations (i.e., diabetic severely hypoglycemic and going into shock). It was critical to determine how well users were able to use the devices when under extreme stress and develop risk/safety profiles for each device.
    Photo: Demonstration of a medical process
  • Improving Battery Safety With a Light-Conducting Separator

    Lithium ion batteries are the battery of choice for laptops, electric vehicles and many other applications due to their high energy density, low maintenance and recharging ability. As electric vehicles become more commonplace and new battery uses are identified for aerospace, industrial and consumer applications, their use continues to grow. Battelle researchers developed the concept that an optical sensor could be used to monitor the battery for internal flaws such as dendrites.
    Photo: Image of a Lithium Coin Cell Battery
  • Characterization of PFAS in Water, Solids and Air Discharged from a Wastewater Treatment Plant with a Collocated Sewage Sludge Incinerator

    During the production and disposal of products made with PFAS, these substances can be emitted into the air. In a first-of-its-kind assessment, Battelle evaluated the extent to which a full-scale waste water treatment plant with a collocated sewage sludge incinerator disperses PFAS and their degradation byproducts into watersheds and the downwind atmospheric environment.
    Photo: View from the top of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Development of Surrogates of Alternative Liquid Fuels Generated from Biomass

    Battelle and AAFRF modified the SPU at AAFRF to produce 500-gallon plus lots of fuel surrogates with properties similar to next-generation bio-based aviation fuels. We used this surrogate fuel to run tests to assess the properties of the candidate alternative fuels, including physical properties, corrosion resistance, thermal stability and production quality.
    Photo: Fuel Equipment
  • Detection and Attribution of Organophosphate Pesticide Signatures

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security came to Battelle for help in identifying new analytical and statistical methods for characterization of Organophosphate pesticides (OPPs). OPPs are a highly toxic class of chemicals still used for agricultural purposes in many countries. Their high toxicity and wide availability could make them attractive to terrorists or criminals for use as chemical threat agents (CTAs)
    Photo: Image of personnel spraying pesticide
  • Measuring Agrochemical Residue Levels in Fish Populations

    Battelle's fish metabolism and bioaccumulation studies are helping agrochemical companies meet the new EU requirements for reregistration or new product registration. By combining both bioaccumulation and metabolism studies together, we can save time and money for agrochemical companies and provide all of the information they need for product registration in one well-designed study.
    Photo: School of Fish
  • Conductive Gel Improves Performance of EKGs Without Skin Abrasion

    Changes in electric potential and impedance of human skin can cause significant errors in biopotential measurements such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and electroencephalograms (EEGs). Battelle researchers started with a literature review in order to find the latest research on how the structure and chemical makeup of materials impact ionic transport.
    Photo: Electrodes which prevent skin abrasion
  • Unexpected Impurities in a 5-Batch Study

    An agrochemical company urgently needed to generate missing data in order to meet their product submission deadline. After another lab failed to complete the studies adequately, they contacted Battelle for help. Data from the manufacturer showed several known impurities in their technical material. They asked Battelle to perform a 5-batch analysis to determine the exact quantities of these known impurities for product registration.
    Photo: Researchers discussing a problem
  • Co-Formulation of Two Chemically Distinct Fungicides

    An international customer came to Battelle with a challenge: they needed to develop a co-formulation of two distinct fungicides with stability and efficacy equal to or better than each of the active ingredients alone. We used a solvent screen to identify a solvent that provided good solvency for fungicide B, poor solvency for fungicide A (to prevent crystal growth), and low water solubility to keep fungicide B in solution and maintain its activity.
    Image: Two different formulations being combined
  • Improving Granule Activity Through Smaller Particle Size

    Changing regulations required our client to reformulate an agrochemical fungicide to achieve lower dose rates. The challenge was clear, but the approach was not—until Battelle developed a lab-scale process that mimicked their existing factory process. This allowed us to predict which modifications would meet their criteria.
    Photo: Image of plants on various fungicides
  • Security Screening Non-invasive Bottled Liquid Scanner

    This novel product needed thoughtful design for manufacturing and dynamic startup production. Battelle’s manufacturing team employed Battelle’s Production-Optimized Design process, a unique take on traditional design for manufacturing, to provide substantial proactive thought to the system design. More than 200 of the LS10 have been produced and sold to date, shipped directly from Battelle to international locations such as Australia, England, Canada, and Norway.
    Photo: Image of the LS10 Scanner
  • Integration of NEON data for Ground Validation of NASA SMAP

    Integration and harmonization of NEON data products with NASA's SMAP's GV Program will help us to understand and predict how our planet functions and evolves, and allow us to pursue new ways of living, doing business, growing our economies, providing food security, and escaping poverty.
    Photo: View of earth from space
  • Open Market: Creating a Clearing for Commercialization

    The Battelle team decided that the best and swiftest course of action was to develop a minimum work program to gain access to a complete European regulatory data package. A detailed gap analysis, along with a letter of access to vertebrate studies, supported the new product registrations in the European marketplace.
    Photo: Image of a Researcher
  • Validation of NASA-SMAP Soil Moisture Estimates Using NEON’s In Situ Soil Moisture Measurements

    NASA formed a collaboration with Battelle to add the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) field sites to its SMAP Soil Moisture validation network.
    Photo: Close up of soil
  • Quick, Accurate Threat-Detection Scanner for Liquid, Aerosol, and Gels Eases and Secures Air Travel Worldwide

    Each year, more than 640 million passengers board domestic flights in the U.S. alone, according to Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Battelle responded to air travel authority needs by developing one of the most advanced bottle liquid scanners in the world, which can detect and alert security personnel to flammables, acids, and explosive liquids, aerosols, and gels within seconds.
    Photo: Image of an LS-10 Scanner
  • New Plastics Offer Effective Thermal Transport and Heat Spreading

    Heat buildup is a significant problem and limiting design factor for many electronic products. For example, LEDs are emerging as the next generation lighting materials due to their low power utilization and long life. Some lamps have multiple LEDs within an enclosure, which generates undesirable heat during operation. Through Battelle’s Nanotechnology program we are developing thermally conductive thermoplastic materials for complex net shape geometries, as well as spray-on, conformal, thermally conductive coatings for efficient heat spreading over large areas.
    Photo: Abstract Image of an LED light
  • Supporting the Adoption and Use of NEON Data - Basics

    NEON Science Team staff have developed a tutorial to walk data users through the process of how to find quality flag data, how to interpret the results of the many quality tests that NEON data are subjected to, how to determine if the quality flagged data are suitable for their research objectives, and how to filter out unwanted data from their research.
    Photo: Fallen tree and surrounding foliage at a NEON research site.
  • Testing GMOs for Allergen Potential

    Our advanced analytical, immunobiological and bioinformatic techniques provide developers with a complete nutritional profile as well as an allergy risk assessment. The final result? Farmers and consumers have access to safe, new food products that will meet the needs of the 21st century.
    Photo: Image of a Farm Field
  • Improving Environmental Fate Models for Agrochemicals

    Using the new lab data, Battelle was able to refine the assumptions used in the Borstal computer model to provide a more realistic risk assessment of potential leaching. The refined modelling can be used to make better decisions about application recommendations, and provide critical data necessary to maintain product registration or move into new market areas.
    Photo: Tractor spraying Pesticides on a farm
  • Using NEON Airborne Sensing to Study Wildfire Impacts

    NEON data, which have been shared with the U.S. Forest Service, may help in the development of fuel models that could be used to determine the percentage of total available biomass actually consumed by Western American Wildfires. By improving the estimates of total biomass that researchers can get from remote sensing data, that data can be used to build models that give us better predictions of wildfire spread and emissions. This will also help us predict how changes in biomass resulting from climate change may influence fire activity in the future.
    Photo: Aftermath of a wildfire in a forest.