COLUMBUS, OH., 22 June, 2011—Battelle and the national laboratories it manages and co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) won 19—nearly one fifth—of the coveted R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards that note the most significant scientific accomplishments of 2010.
Known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” the awards are highly regarded in the research and development world. This year’s awards brings the total wins for Battelle and its affiliate labs to 260, tallied during the time Battelle has managed or co-managed those labs.
Battelle was recognized for the Resource Effective Biodentification System, also known as REBS, a system that provides a rapid and flexible microbial detection, identification and enumeration capability. The laser-based system monitors pharmaceutical factories, food processing plants, hospitals and the environment for microbial contamination risks that may jeopardize personal or product safety. It can also be used for national security purposes to detect dangerous biological agents in the air.
“We’re proud to be recognized for our scientific and technical achievements. Quite honestly, the R&D 100 Awards generate a lot of excitement among our staff at Battelle and throughout our family of national laboratories,” said Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth. “They are a meaningful acknowledgement of what we do every day—advancing science for the benefit of mankind.”
The awards won by the national labs affiliated with Battelle are listed below:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Dynaforge: A Solid-State Dynamic Powder Compaction Process for Production of High Performance Tool and Dies: A method to cut automobile manufacturing costs through the use of stronger, longer-lasting dies for metal manufacturing developed with Bridgeville, Penn.-based Carpenter Powder Products. It also can be used to make parts for the medical, defense and aerospace industries.
Array Detection Technology for Mass Spectrometry (ADT-MS): This adaptation of a widely used scientific instrument significantly updates the detection capabilities, which in turn could advance monitoring for nuclear activity and environmental damage, forensic testing and more. PNNL collaborated with Indiana University, the University of Arizona and Imagerlabs to develop the technology.
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
Multimodal Optical Nanoprobe: This device, developed with Swedish company Nanofactory Instruments AB, can be mounted on a transmission electron microscope to provide simultaneous measurements of optical, electrical, mechanical, and structural properties of nano-sized materials and devices that are magnified from 1,000 to 50 million times. It provides a new level of material characterization that is not possible by sequential application of those techniques.
Maia X-ray Microprobe Detector System: At the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), researchers in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia developed an “on-the-fly” device called the Maia X-ray microprobe detector system. The non-destructive system, which is about 1,000 times faster than previous methods, has been used to image everything from soil deposits to barley grain to paintings created by Bertha Lum, Edward Hopper, and Rembrandt.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Multiresolution Adaptive Numerical Environment for Scientific Simulations (MADNESS):
This technology is a free, open-source, general purpose, user-friendly numerical framework and software for the development of scientific simulations from laptops to massively parallel supercomputers. MADNESS utilizes the latest parallel computing and solution methodologies to solve many dimensional integral and differential equations accurately and precisely for real-world problems.
Mesoporous Carbon for Capacitive Deionization Electrodes for Desalination:Developed and jointly submitted with Campbell Applied Physics, this novel technology makes it possible to desalinate large quantities of water more effectively than conventional technologies. This desalinization tool is able to absorb salt ions by running brackish water through mesoporous carbon, inexpensively making the water fit for human consumption
Nano-Optomechanical Hydrogen Safety Sensor Based on Nanostructured Palladium Layers: Jointly submitted and developed with the University of Tennessee, this technology uses nano-sized palladium particles to more efficiently detect hydrogen levels at a lower cost than the competition. It does not pose a fire hazard and can be used to monitor industrial building activities, rechargeable battery manufacturing and many other hydrogen-sensitive operations.
Self-assembled, Ferromagnetic-Insulator Nanocomposites for Ultrahigh-Density Data Storage: This technology creates a potentially low-cost, self-assembled, ferromagnetic-insulator nanocomposite suitable for ultrahigh density information storage approaching or exceeding 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch. It exploits strain-induced self-assembly during a deposition process to achieve the ordered magnetic nanostructures, which can achieve very high storage densities.
NextAire Packaged Gas Heat Pump: Jointly developed with Southwest Gas and IntelliChoice Energy, this gas heat pump technology is used to heat and cool small and medium sized buildings using fuel (typically natural gas) instead of electricity to power the compressor. By reducing conversion and transmission losses, the NextAire unit significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
CermaClad: Jointly developed and submitted with MesoCoat of Euclid, Ohio, and EMTEC, an international company with headquarters in Springfield, N.J., this cladding technology fuses various substances onto metal substrates 25 to 50 percent cheaper and 10 to 100 times faster than current technology. CermaClad uses a high density infrared heating lamp—scalable from 50 kilowatts to one megawatt—to quickly fuse materials onto the internal and external surfaces of steel pipes and tubes as well as plates, sheets and bars in thin, strong cladding layers.
New Stainless Steel Alloy Tooling For High Temperature Presses that Form Aircraft Components: Jointly developed with Duraloy Technologies, this new tooling can be used in high-temperature presses that are used to form commercial and military aircraft components. Because of the oxidation resistance and strength of the newly patented alloy, it can be fabricated into tools that will have a longer life, are amenable to weld repair and are able to withstand higher temperatures while retaining structural integrity.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Flash Quantum Efficiency System for Solar Cells: Developed with Tau Science Inc., this technology is a way to assess the quality of solar cells at a speed about 1,000 times faster than previous methods. The instrument uses light-emitting diodes, high-speed electronics and mathematical algorithms to measure the orders of magnitude quantum efficiency of solar cells faster than before.
Innovalight Silicon Ink for High-Efficiency Solar Cells: Developed jointly with Innovalight, Inc., this liquid form of silicon for use in solar cells marks the first time that silicon has been sold in the marketplace as a liquid. The new product boosts the bottom line of a typical solar production plant by 20 percent, which for an average-size factory is $100 million, while boosting the efficiency of the cells by about six percent.
Optical Cavity Furnace: This joint award winner with AOS Solar Inc. could revolutionize the solar cell manufacturing industry in the U.S. by producing higher quality and higher efficiency solar cells at a fraction of the cost of conventional, thermal ovens. The new furnace, which uses photons to uniformly heat crystalline solar cells and semiconductor materials, has increased the efficiency of the cells by three to four percent. It costs 75 percent less than an industrial thermal or infrared furnace.
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Impedance Measurement Box (IMB): A collaborative research team from Idaho National Laboratory, academia, and industry developed IMB to assess battery health with a well-engineered breakthrough that directly measures impedance during battery operation, an engineering feat never accomplished before. The IMB diagnostic tool uses proprietary algorithms and hardware to input a pre-determined, benign signal; capture a response; process the data; analyze it and display results.
Rad-Release Chemical Decontamination Technology: This viscous foam removes radioactive and concentrated metals from various surfaces. It allows contaminated buildings and equipment to become usable, is non-destructive, reduces workers’ exposure to contaminated materials, and minimizes waste costs and volume. The affordable, patented chemical-foam-clay is also highly effective with up to a 99 percent removal rate.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Serrated Light Illumination for Deflection-Encoded Recording (SLIDER): This device is the world’s fastest light deflector, deflecting a beam of light at the rate of one resolvable spot per trillionth of a second. In conjunction with an ordinary camera, the device can be used to record ultrafast events at timescales that have been largely unattainable in the past.
Stack Trace Analysis Tool: This technology, jointly developed with the University of Wisconsin and the University of New Mexico, is a highly scalable debugging tool for identifying errors in computer code running on supercomputers that use a hundred thousand processor cores and more. It allows users to quickly locate in their code the most challenging bugs that emerge only at extreme scales and to get critical applications back up and running.
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