MesoCoat’s PComP is one of the new R&D 100 winners. The company manufactures a line nanocrystalline tungsten carbide-cobalt particles engineered for thermal spray applications. The nanocrystalline ceramic particles impart high wear and hardness to the metal matrix composite coating. Credit: MesoCoat.

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the R&D 100 winners for 2012.

In a press release, editorial director Rita Peters said, “As the R&D 100 Awards marks 50 years of celebrating innovation, the editors are pleased to present this year’s winners as prime examples of advances in science and technology. Despite a slow economy, the competition experienced a near record number of entries from around the world. This demonstrates that researchers are committed to innovate.”

The award recipients will be recognized at the R&D 100 Awards banquet in November. This year’s winners come from the ranks of industry (large and small), national labs, academia and international entities. As in previous years, many of the award-winning innovations are in materials science. Here is a sampling.

High-Energy Concentration-Gradient Cathode Material for Plug-in Hybrids and All-Electric Vehicles (Energy Technologies)
Argonne National Laboratory with Hanyang University and ECOPRO Co. Ltd.

Ultra-fast and Large-scale Boriding
Argonne National Laboratory with Istanbul Technical University and Bodycote Thermal Processing

Plexiglas Rnew Biopolymer Alloys
Arkema Inc. with Arkema France – G. R. L.

Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Cathodes
Brookhaven National Laboratory with N.E. Chemcat Corporation

Landmark Solaris Platinum solar reflective roofing shingles

ae Plasma – Atmospheric environment plasma coating technology
Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan

Light&Light – A19 LED Light Bulb Technology
Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan

MesoCoat Inc. with Powdermet Inc.

Concrete Coth
Milliken & Company with Concrete Canvas Ltd.

ResQ FR Fabrics
Milliken & Company

NPM 3100
NanoSteel Company Inc.

SJ3 Solar Cell
National Renewable Energy Laboratory with Solar Junction

Highest Pinning Force, High-Temperature Superconducting Wires with Double-Perovskite, Tantalate, Nano-Pinning Centers
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

NanoSHIELD Coatings [Nano – Super Hard – InExpensive – Laser Deposited Coatings]
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Graphene Nanostructures for Lithium Batteries
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Vorbeck Materials and Princeton University

Hybrid Ceramic-Sand Core Casting Technology
Southwest Research Institute with Grainger and Worrall Ltd