R&D Magazine hosts the R&D 100 Awards, which are presented annually to researchers who have developed the year’s 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies. ACerS just learned that 49 out of the 100 awards were presented to U.S. national labs. The labs competed in an international pool that included universities, start-ups and large corporations.

Winners on the list that may be of particular interest include:

  • Ultrasensitive Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Source and Interface, Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • FemtoScope: a time microscope, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • High-temperature Silicon Carbide Power Module, Sandia National Lab
  • Argonne/Envia Composite Electrode Material Technology to Enable Plug-in Hybrids and All-Electric Vehicles, Argonne National Lab
  • Nanocrystal Solar Cells, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Clay-Liquid CO2 Removal Sorbent, National Energy Technology Lab
  • Fire-Resistive Phase Change Material, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • NanoCoral Dendritic Platinum Nanostructures for Renewable Energy Applications, Sandia National Lab
  • Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe, Argonne National Lab
  • Hyperspectral Confocal Fluorescence Microscope System, Sandia National Lab
  • Spectral Sentry—Protecting High-Intensity Lasers from Bandwidth-Related Damage, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Superhard and Slick Coating, Argonne National Lab
  • Rhombohedral Single Crystal SiGe, NASA Langley Research Center

The DOE is particularly pleased with the awards. “The Department of Energy’s national laboratories are incubators of innovation, and I’m proud they are being recognized once again for their remarkable work,” says DOE Secretary Steven Chu. “The cutting-edge research and development being done in our national labs is vital to maintaining America’s competitive edge, increasing our nation’s energy security and protecting our environment. I want to thank this year’s winners for their work and congratulate them on this award.”