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Battelle, Affiliated National Labs Win 24 R&D 100 Awards

July 21, 2009

Key innovations recognized for advancing scientific discovery.

COLUMBUS, OH -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Battelle and the national laboratories it manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy have won 24 of the prestigious 2009 R&D 100 Awards, four more than it won in 2008.

Winning 24 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 215, tallied during the time Battelle has managed or co-managed those labs. R&D Magazine has been presenting the R&D 100 Awards since 1969.

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 23 awards. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory won eight awards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory won six, 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 Pack (Pacific Northwest 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)

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)

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