NNSA’s Labs and Sites Earn 10 R&D 100 Awards

The National Nuclear Security Administration applauded its laboratories and production sites for receiving 10 of R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Awards.

NNSA-LogoWASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) applauded its laboratories and production sites for receiving 10 of R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Awards. NNSA-funded research also led to two additional R&D 100 Awards.

“I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “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.”

Established in 1963, the R&D 100 Awards are widely recognized as the “Oscars of Innovation.” They identify and celebrate the top high technology products introduced to the market each year. The R&D 100 Awards span industry, academia, and government-sponsored research focusing on sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics. Previous winners have included the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), and HDTV (1998).

“I applaud this year’s R&D 100 award recipients for their dedication and commitment to discovering new ways to improve the world through technology,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “The extraordinary work done by this year’s R&D 100 award winners is an important reminder that investing in our future helps provide the tools to tackle great national challenges. Those investments are critical to implementing President Obama’s nuclear security agenda and promoting the kind of innovation required to create jobs and fuel the economy of tomorrow.”

This year, NNSA’s labs and sites were recognized for a wide range of advances, including an environmentally safe solvent that can easily strip acrylic sealer from concrete floors, a spacer fluid that shrinks when heated, and a membrane that removes impurities from water with applied pressure powered by electrical energy.

Y-12 National Security Complex

  • RonJohn: RonJohn is a versatile, environmentally safe solvent that easily strips acrylic sealer from concrete floors, turns urethane foam to slush and softens powder coating to gel. RonJohn does not evaporate as quickly as competing products, allowing more time for it to do its job and minimizing the need for multiple applications. RonJohn was created by Y-12 development research chemist Ron Simandl and laboratory assistant John Brown. General contractors and the U.S. Navy have expressed interest in RonJohn, which is used plant-wide at Y-12. RonJohn has been licensed to a startup company in South Carolina.

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Source: National Nuclear Security Administration
Photo: National Nuclear Security Administration