R&D 100 Archive of Winners


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A hand-held way to find nuclear materials Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Marianne Ammendolia (Primary), Morgan Burks (Primary), Dennis Carr (Primary), Del Eckels (Primary)
Acquiring spectral data without the headaches Thermo Fisher Scientific None
Aerial platform locates land mines Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) None
Aerosol analysis in a compact package NASA (Glenn Research Center), National Center for Space Exploration Research, Washington University in St. Louis Al Blaze (Primary), Paul Greenberg (Primary), Patrick Spanos (Primary), William Yanis (Primary), Da-Ren Chen (Primary), Chaolong Qi (Primary)
Agricultural plastics: low cost without degradation Battelle, Ohio Soybean Council, Univenture None
Alignment system reduces prosthesis pain OrthoCare Innovations, LLC None
Alternating blocks put polymers on performance path The Dow Chemical Company Jennifer Adamson (Primary), Edmund Carnahan (Primary), Tim Diephouse (Primary), Karen Fennessy-Ketola (Primary), Phil Hustad (Primary), Pradeep Jain (Primary), Stephen Krupp (Primary), Jyl Labay (Primary), Lisa Madenjian (Primary), Colin Shan (Primary),
Artificial retina generates sight Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), California Institute of Technology, Doheny Eye Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), North Carolina State Uni Orlando Auciello (Primary), Wei Li (Primary), Bing Si (Primary), Wolfgang Fink (Primary), Mark Tarbell (Primary), Hossein Ameri (Primary), Brooke Basinger (Primary), Gerald Chader (Primary), Leanne Chan (Primary), Mark Humayun (Primary), Konstantin K
Battle against damaging heat finds new hero Applied Nanotech Inc., Advanced Material Technologies Co. Ltd. None
Better deposition leads to better coatings Southwest Research Institute Ronghua Wei (Primary), Craig Witherow (Primary), Robert Castillo (Primary), Sastry Cheruvu (Primary), Kent Coulter (Primary), Edward Langa (Primary), Chris Rincon (Primary)
Better TEM needs a gentle polish Carl Zeiss SMT, SII NanoTechnology Inc. None
Better UV protection through time-lapse weathering National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Atlas Material Testing Technology, Institute of Laser Optical Technology None
Boosting bioethanol analysis efficiency 800% Phenomenex Inc. None
Breaking the picoscale barrier Hitachi Ltd. (Production Engineering Research Laboratory) Toshihiko Nakata (Primary), Masahiro Watanabe (Primary)
Bringing high-level SEM to a wider audience FEI c/o MindWrite, FEI Co. Sandy Fewkes, Trevor Dingle (Primary), Caroline van der Hart (Primary), Sander Henstra (Primary)
Compact digital camera features SLR imaging Panasonic Corp. None
Composite within a composite boosts carbide toughness Smiith Technology, Smith International Inc, University of Utah Anthony Griffo (Primary), Z. Zak Fang (Primary)
Computers chips in 3-D Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Michael Anastasio (Primary), Marcie Black (Primary), Craig Chavez (Primary), Miguel Espinoza (Primary), Chandra Marsden (Primary), James Maxwell (Primary), Chris Rose (Primary), Robert Springer (Primary)
Corrosion resistance taken to the next level Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Michael Brady (Primary), James Keiser (Primary), Chain Liu (Primary), Zhao Lu (Primary), Phil Maziasz (Primary), Bruce Pint (Primary), Michael Santella (Primary), Vinod Sikka (Primary), David Stinton (Primary), Ian Wright (Primary), Yukinori Yamamoto
Cypher improves closed loop AFM operations Asylum Research None
Diamonds are a probe’s new friend Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc., National Khon Kaen University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin - Madison John Carlisle (Primary), Diane Hickey (Primary), Nicolaie Moldovan (Primary), Nikhil Neelakantan (Primary), Charles West (Primary), Papot Jaroenopibal (Primary), Robert Carpick (Primary), Jingjing Liu (Primary), Jacob Notbohm (Primary), Kevin Turner (Pr
Digital camera detects prostate cancer Brookhaven National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Hybridyne Imaging Technologies None
Discovery of the third bandgap model NASA (Langley Research Center) None
Dual-head SPM puts two techniques in one NT-MDT Co. Denis Andreuk (Primary), Andrey Bykov (Primary), Vladimir Kotov (Primary), Vyacheslav Polyakov (Primary)
Electrochemical detector for wafarin susceptibility Osmetech Molecular Diagnostics Robin Liu (Primary)
Electromagnetic data collection goes 3-D Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Michael Commer (Primary), Gregory Newman (Primary)
Enabling spectral analysis for biomolecules Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Peter Reilly (Primary)
Energy savings found in the labyrinth Federal Mogul Corp., The Timken Company Alicia Black (Primary), Kevin Dillon (Primary), Roger Trentman (Primary), Richard Borowski (Primary), Stephen Brister (Primary), Brian Hupp (Primary), Scott Lattime (Primary), Carl Meadows (Primary), David Toth (Primary)
Ensuring accurate films, without interfering Zygo Corp. Peter de Groot (Primary), Xavier de Lega (Primary)
FemtoScope expands time Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Stanford University, University of California, Davis, University of Southampton (Optoelectronics Research Centre) Corey Bennett (Primary), Alexander Drobshoff (Primary), Vincent Hernandez (Primary), Bryan Moran (Primary), Derek Chang (Primary), M.M. Fejer (Primary), Carsten Langrock (Primary), Brian Kolner (Primary), Morten Ibsen (Primary)
Flexible heat exchangers get performance edge from graphite GrafTech International Holdings Inc. Erick Asmussen (Primary), Joe Capp (Primary), Jeff Gough (Primary), Greg Kramer (Primary), Deanna Panik (Primary), Brad Reis (Primary), Andy Reynolds (Primary), Heidi Rost (Primary), John Schober (Primary), Marty Smalc (Primary)
Four-in-one x-ray probe ushers in new class of microscope Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Xradia Inc. None
Free compiler aids novices, experts Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) None
Gentle MRI may help void airline liquids restrictions Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Dave Barlow (Primary), Michael Borden (Primary), Joseph Bradley (Primary), Michelle Espy (Primary), John Gomez (Primary), Jeffrey Hill (Primary), Robert Kraus (Primary), Andrei Matlashow (Primary), Mathew Newell (Primary), Shaun Newman (Primary), Mark Pet
High-efficiency solar cells, no organic material required Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Solexant None
Holey platinum brightens outlook for fuel cells Compass Metals Inc., Sandia National Laboratories (U.S. Dept. of Energy), University of New Mexico Roland Degenkolbe (Primary), Bob Comstock (Primary), David Haaland (Primary), James Miller (Primary), John Shelnutt (Primary), Yujiang Song (Primary), Frank van Swol (Primary), Sivakumar Challa (Primary), Craig Medforth (Primary)
Hyperspectral goes hyperspeed Sandia National Laboratories (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Ryan Davis (Primary), David Haaland (Primary), Howard Jones (Primary), Michael Keenan (Primary), David Melgaard (Primary), Michael Sinclair (Primary), Christopher Stork (Primary), Jerilyn Timlin (Primary), Mark Van Benthem (Primary)
In flexible electronics, it’s all about protecting the paper NovaCentrix, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) None
In shocking conditions, holograms come through big Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), National Security Technologies LLC (Los Alamos Operations) Peter Pazuchanics (Primary), Danny Sorenson (Primary), David Esquibel (Primary), Brent Frogget (Primary), Morris Kaufman (Primary), Robert Malone (Primary), Aric Tibbitts (Primary), William Turley (Primary), Mike Grover (Primary), Guy Leach (Primary)
Inexpensive solar collector revamps cost structure National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), SkyFuel Inc. Frank Burkholder (Primary), Allison Gray (Primary), Gary Jorgensen (Primary), Mark Mehos (Primary), Kent Terwilliger (Primary), Tim Wendelin (Primary), Randy Brost (Primary), Adrian Farr (Primary), Randy Gee (Primary), Robert Hawkins (Primary), David Les
Keeping a laser from hurting itself Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Paul Armstrong (Primary), Andy Bayramian (Primary), Rob Campbell (Primary), Christopher Ebbers (Primary), Glenn Huete (Primary), Rodney Lanning (Primary), William Molander (Primary), Noel Peterson (Primary), Nick Schenkel (Primary), Richard Shuttlesworth
Label-free analysis goes 3-D Silicon Kinetics Inc. John Ervin (Primary), Denise List (Primary)
Laser beam centering and pointing system Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Michael Rushford (Primary)
Leftover crops fuel ethanol production via mold Iowa State University, MycoInnovations None
Light scattering streamlines purification Grace Davison Discovery Sciences, W.R. Grace & Co. - Conn. Julia Poncher (Primary), James Anderson (Primary), Deanna Rentner (Primary)
Magnetic bearings contained at last Synchrony Inc. Bob Hopkins (Primary), Marvin Risen (Primary), Pat Risen (Primary), Chris Sortore (Primary)
Manufacturing plant in a shoe box Aerotech Inc., General Atomics, Indicate Technologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) John Metz (Primary), Ethan Alger (Primary), Abbas Nikroo (Primary), John Hammond (Primary), L. Jeffrey Atherton (Primary), Robert Bickel (Primary), Manuel Carrillo (Primary), Elizabeth Dzenitis (Primary), Robert Kent (Primary), Jeffrey Klingmann (Primary)
Methodology predicts splice connector quality Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Electric Power Research Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority, PBS&J, Inc. None
Microwave to beam Moon images to Earth NASA (Glenn Research Center), NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center), L-3 Communications Electron Technologies None
Microwaves bring flexibility to quantitative EM testing Agilent Technologies None
Modulators conserve supercomputer power Sandia National Laboratories (U.S. Dept. of Energy) David Haaland (Primary), Anthony Lentine (Primary), David Luck (Primary), Douglas Trotter (Primary), Michael Watts (Primary), Ralph Young (Primary)
Nanomaterials increase wear plate toughness The NanoSteel Company Inc. Dan Branagan (Primary), W.D. Kiilunen (Primary), B.E. Meacham (Primary), B.D. Merkle (Primary), Greg Nixon (Primary), D. Paratore (Primary), A. Patete (Primary), M. Quinlan (Primary)
Nanoscale pore size control supercharges versatile carbon Drexel University, Y-Carbon Inc. Yuri Gogotsi (Primary), Ranjan Dash (Primary), Kenneth Malone (Primary)
Nanostructures help polymers go with the flow Hybrid Plastics, Inc. None
Neutron detectors poised to multiply Kansas State University (SMART Laboratory), Alion Science and Technology None
Olefin polymer an alternative to toxin-laden PVC Dynamic Modifiers LLC None
One million data points for chemical simulation Aspen Technology, Inc., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) None
Operating system boosts high performance computing Operating Systems Research, Sandia National Laboratories (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Trammell Hudson (Primary), Robert Balance (Primary), Ron Brightwell (Primary), Kurt Ferreira (Primary), David Haaland (Primary), Suzanne Kelly (Primary), James Laros (Primary), Kevin Pedretti (Primary), James Tomkins (Primary), John VanDyke (Primary), C
Organic thermal material changes phase, stalls fire Advanced Fiber Technology, Microtek Laboratories Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), U.S. Dept. of Energy Doug Leuthold (Primary), Tim Riazzi (Primary), Dan Davis (Primary), Jan Kosny (Primary), Dale Work (Primary), David Yarbrough (Primary), P. Marc LaFrance (Primary)
Performing ion separations with less downtime Dionex Corp. None
PETSc Release 3.0 expands capabilities Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Illinois Institute of Technology (Computer Science Dept.), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin Satish Balay (Primary), Kris Buschelmann (Primary), Dmitry Karpeev (Primary), Dinesh Kaushik (Primary), Matthew Knepley (Primary), Lois McInnes (Primary), Barry Smith (Primary), Lisandro Dalcin (Primary), Hong Zhang (Primary), William Gropp (Primary), Vi
Powder coatings gain color, lose wasteful inefficiencies PPG Industries Ronald Ambrose (Primary), Kristin Bartlett (Primary), Dennis Carson (Primary), Anthony Chasser (Primary), Carol Jackson (Primary), Henry Lowman (Primary), John Reising (Primary), Steve Sternberger (Primary), Howard Wright (Primary)
Powder dosing jumps in accuracy Mettler-Toledo AG Marc Blochlinger (Primary), Olivier Chatelain (Primary), Sandra Ehrbar (Primary), Matthias Gietenbruch (Primary), Siegfried Gluvakov (Primary), Joanne Laukart (Primary), Paul Luchinger (Primary), Lars Mueller (Primary), Bruno Nufer (Primary), Rene Weber (
Pressure reactor speeds catalyst screening 100 times Symyx Technologies William Chandler (Primary), Susan Lubeck (Primary), Lynn Van Erden (Primary), Marcelo Vilela (Primary)
Process detects CO2 leaks National Energy Technology Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) J. Rodney Diehl (Primary), R. Diane Newlon (Primary), Brian Strazisar (Primary), Arthur Wells (Primary)
Process pulls CO2 from fossil fuel plants Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), SIMTECHE None
Process simulations integrated virtually Ames Laboratory (Iowa State University), Reaction Engineering International, National Energy Technology Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) None
Protocol freedom paves way for high-speed networks Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., IBM Corp. Hongsheng Huang (Primary), Li Su (Primary), Jin Yuzhi (Primary), Casimer DeCusatis (Primary)
Pushing the envelope on Li-ion propulsion Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Envia Systems None
Putting a new shine on interconnect polishing Sinmat Inc. None
Radio moves from off-the-shelf to space Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Michael Anastasio (Primary), William Atkins (Primary), Zachary Baker (Primary), Mark Dunham (Primary), Paul Graham (Primary), W. Bryan Haynes (Primary), Michael Pigue (Primary), John Power (Primary), Eric Schmierer (Primary), Matthew Stettler (Primary)
Rapid analysis tool detects microrganisms University of Oklahoma None
Recloser minimizes power interruptions S&C Electric Company None
Rounding the edges on superconductor wires Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Sapphire Systems Inc. Claudia Cantoni (Primary), Amit Goyal (Primary), Dominic Lee (Primary), Eliot Specht (Primary), James Thompson (Primary), Sung-Hun Wee (Primary), Yuri Zuev (Primary), John Outwater (Primary)
Safety is buried in lithium battery National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Planar Energy Devices None
Scanner ensures Shuttle safety, finds extraterrestrial potholes NASA (Ames Research Center) Joseph Lavelle (Primary), Robin Orans (Primary), Stefan Schuet (Primary)
Scuff-proof, low friction coating delivers as predicted Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Galleon International Co., Hauzer Technocoating None
Secure platform enables pay-by-cell-phone Idaho National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), RFinity None
Segmented filter in tune with change Scientific Solutions Inc., Strategic Technologies Michael Dorin (Primary), Robert Kerr (Primary), John Noto (Primary), Hailiang Zhang (Primary), William Marder (Primary), Anthony Warren (Primary)
Self-terminating technology holds Li-ion energy in check Industrial Technology Research Institute Chin-Shu Cheng (Primary), Jung-Mu Hsu (Primary), Yueh-Wei Lin (Primary), Jing-Pin Pan (Primary), Yu-Min Peng (Primary), Fu-Ming Wang (Primary), Tsung-Hsiung Wang (Primary), Hung-Chun Wu (Primary), Chang-Rung Yang (Primary)
Silicon breakthrough builds case for 3-D ICs Alchimer SA, Publitek Christophe Bureau (Primary), Emmanuel Guidotti (Primary), Sally Ward-Foxton
Silicon carbide powers higher temperatures Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc., Rohm Co. Ltd., Sandia National Laboratories (U.S. Dept. of Energy), U.S. Dept. of Energy, University of Arkansas Alexander Lostetter (Primary), Takukazu Otsuka (Primary), Stanley Atcitty (Primary), David Haaland (Primary), Imre Gyuk (Primary), H. Alan Mantooth (Primary)
Simplifying a high-cost analytical technique Active Spectrum Inc. Chris White (Primary), James White (Primary)
Small processor enables mobile society Intel Corp. Natalie Virga (Primary), Belliappa Kuttanna (Primary)
Smaller than an Ångstrom, now in faster 3-D Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), FEI Co., Attocube Systems None
Solid-state sorbent grabs CO2, doesn’t hog energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) None
Solution heals damaged wires University of Dayton Research Institute, Pinnacle System, LLC None
Superconducting magnets strengthen without heat Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Eaton Corp., American Magnetics Inc., Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic Corp. None
System concentrates water for quality testing Idaho National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency None
Taking the chaos out of nanoparticle production Idaho National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Idaho State University, Precision Nanoparticles Inc. Robert Fox (Primary), Joshua Pak (Primary), Rene Rodriguez (Primary), J.D. Denney
Testing lab takes a dive underwater Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute None
The Ford Mustang has seats of soy Core Materials Engineering, Ford Motor Company, Lear Corp., Product Development Brian Witkowski (Primary), Charlotte Fisher (Primary), Cynthia Flanigan (Primary), Deborah Mielewski (Primary), Asad Ali (Primary), Ashford Galbreath (Primary), Matthew Schwalm (Primary)
Thermal changes harnessed for perpetual power Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Perpetua Power Source Technologies Inc. John DeSteese (Primary), Larry Olsen (Primary), Jon Hofmeister (Primary), Paul McClelland (Primary)
Thief catches toxic mercury near the source Nalco Mobotec, National Energy Technology Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Eric Fischer (Primary), Brian Higgins (Primary), John Meier (Primary), Scott Renninger (Primary), Mark Freeman (Primary), Evan Granite (Primary), Richard Hargis (Primary), Diane Newlon (Primary), William O'Dowd (Primary), Henry Pennline (Primary)
Thinness points way to new hard disk limits Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Veeco Instruments Inc Andre Anders (Primary), Fran Brennen (Primary), Boris Druz (Primary), Roger Fremgen (Primary), Bob Hieronomi (Primary), Russell Luberoff (Primary), Rustam Yevtukhov (Primary), Isaak Zaritski (Primary)
Throughput speeds the fight against drug abuse InventX, Phenomenex Inc. Jim Archer (Primary), Ngoc Nguyen (Primary)
Traditional thin-film dip coating is set spinning University of Michigan Matthew Bachner (Primary), A. John Hart (Primary), Nicholas Kotov (Primary), Paul Podsiadlo (Primary), Yeh Chuin Poh (Primary), Ming Qin (Primary), Thomas Serbowicz (Primary), Steven Vozar (Primary)
Trajectory software simulates more than just spacecraft NASA (Glenn Research Center), Boeing Research and Technology None
Two techs in one yields high-flow, high ionization Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Ryan Kelly (Primary), Jason Page (Primary), Richard Smith (Primary), Keqi Tang (Primary)
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