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Battelle and Affiliated National Labs Win 26 R&D 100 Awards

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH. 20 June, 2009— Battelle and the national laboratories it manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy have won 26 of the prestigious 2009 R&D 100 Awards, six more than it won in 2008. 

Winning 26 percent of all the awards is the largest amount in the last five years and brings the total number of wins for Battelle and its affiliate labs to 217, tallied during the time Battelle has managed or co-managed those labs.  R&D Magazine has been presenting the R&D 100 Awards since 1963.

The R&D 100 awards are given annually to honor the year's most significant scientific and technological innovations.  This year, Battelle won its award for its array of bio-based materials, meaning products derived from soy that can eventually replace oil-based plastics, deicers, and other materials.

Six of the national laboratories affiliated with Battelle won 25 awards.  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory won eight each, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory won three each, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory won two, and Brookhaven National Laboratory won one.

“Our mission is to develop innovative solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems.  Winning R&D 100 Awards demonstrates that our hard work, dedication, and devotion are helping to achieve this goal,” said Battelle President and CEO Jeffrey Wadsworth.  “I am extremely proud that Battelle and our family of national labs continue to receive accolades.”

The winning technologies are:

Bio-based materials derived from agricultural co-products (Battelle)

Ultra-sensitive Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Source and Interface (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Perpetua Power Puck (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

PulseForge 3100 (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Mass-Independent Kinetic-Energy-Reducing Inlet System for Mass Spectrometers (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Superconducting Wires by Epitaxial Growth on SSIFFS (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

MELCOT: Methodology for Estimating the Life of Power Line Conductor-Connector Systems (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

AFA: Alumina-Forming Austenitic Stainless Steels (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Fire-Resistive Phase Change Material (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Thermomagnetic Processing Technology (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

RFinity – Mobile Open-Encryption Platform (Idaho National Laboratory)

Water Sample Concentrator (Idaho National Laboratory)

Precision Nanoparticles (Idaho National Laboratory)

Compact Gamma Camera for High-resolution Imaging of Prostate Cancer (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Ultra-accelerated Weathering System (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Power Plane UX Battery (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

SkyTrough Parabolic Trough Solar Concentrating Connector (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

GeMini Spectrometer (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Artificial Retina (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

FemtoScope: a time microscope (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

ROSE compiler infrastructure (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Land Mine Locator: Eradicating the Aftermath of War (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Bandwidth-Related Damage (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Laser Beam Centering and Pointing System (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Precision Robotic Assembly Machine (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

* The Artificial Retina technology co-developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (which are co-managed by Battelle) are considered separate awards for each of these national laboratories.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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