Scientists and engineers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received seven R&D 100 Awards presented by R&D Magazine.

oakridgeOAK RIDGE — Scientists and engineers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received seven R&D 100 Awards presented by R&D Magazine.

These awards, sometimes referred to as the “Academy Awards of Science,” honor the 100 most outstanding advances in technology for the year and are chosen by an expert panel of independent judges and the editors of R&D Magazine.

“I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. “The Department of Energy’s national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again. The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and enhance our economic competitiveness.”

The seven awards bring the total number of R&D 100 awards won by ORNL researchers over the years to 164.

“Winning seven of these prestigious awards is a testimony to the talent and creativity of a remarkable staff,” ORNL Director Thom Mason said. “Our researchers do a tremendous job of delivering our mission of scientific discovery and innovation.”

ORNL researchers were recognized for the following technologies:

  • NextAire Packaged Gas Heat Pump: The 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. It also significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ultra-high Storage Density, Self-assembled, Magnetic Media: This technology demonstrated an ultrahigh density information storage approaching or exceeding one terabit (trillion bits) per square inch, which can be self-assembled at a low cost.
  • Mesoporous carbon electrode for desalination: This novel technology makes it possible to desalinate large quantities of water more effectively than conventional technologies. It could make it possible for large numbers of the world’s population to produce safe drinking water at a relatively low cost.
  • Hydrogen safety sensor with nanostructured palladium cantilevers: This technology uses palladium particles to more efficiently detect hydrogen levels at a lower cost than the competition. Unlike sensors that use electricity to monitor for hydrogen, this new sensor does not pose a fire hazard and so can be used to monitor activities such as industrial building and rechargeable battery manufacturing.
  • MADNESS software tool: the Multiresolution Adaptive Numerical Environment for Scientific Simulations, is a powerful computer platform that permits scientists and engineers to take on a variety of complex real-world problems, with assurance in the exactness of their results.
  • CermaCladT: This technology quickly and cheaply fuses materials onto the internal and external surfaces of steel pipes and tubes as well as plates, sheets and bars in thin, strong cladding layers, producing casings that are resistant to chemical corrosion and can endure extreme pressure. This project was jointly submitted by MesoCoat Inc., EMTEC and ORNL
  • New Stainless Steel Alloy Tooling For High Temperature Presses that Form Aircraft Components: This stainless steel alloy can be used to mold new commercial and military aircraft components, able to withstand higher temperatures than many of its competitors while still retaining its structural integrity during casting. This project was jointly submitted by Duraloy Technologies, Inc. and ORNL.

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Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy
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