ORNL researchers won six R&D 100 Awards in 2006 from R&D Magazine in recognition of the year's most significant technological innovations. With 128 of these prestigious awards, ORNL leads DOE national labs and is second to General Electric. The winning entries and developers are: Hybrid Solar Lighting System, an energy-efficient method of delivering sunlight to top-floor rooms while controlling electric light levels to provide quality illumination, developed by
Jeff Muhs, David Beshears, Art Clemons, Duncan Earl, Curt Maxey, John Jordan, Melissa Lapsa, Randall Lind, Christina Ward, R. Wes Wysor and Sunlight Direct of Oak Ridge; LandScan Global Population Database, a global population distribution model that has 25 times the resolution of the next best global population database and is useful for disaster response, humanitarian relief, sustainable development and environmental protection, developed by Eddie Bright, Phil Coleman, Amy King, Budhendra Bhaduri and Ed Tinnel; Metal Infusion Surface Treatment (MIST), a process for infusing elements into metallic surfaces that dramatically increases the lifetime of metalworking tools and the performance of catalytic devices, developed by researchers from C3 International, assisted by staff from ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division; TMA 6301 and TMA 4701, heat-resistant cast austenitic stainless steels with improved durability and lifespan at higher maximum operating temperatures, developed for industrial equipment using a computer-aided design methodology by Govindarajan Muralidharan, Vinod Sikka, Phil Maziasz, Neal Evans, Michael Santella, Christopher Stevens, Ken Liu, Duraloy Technologies and Nucor Sheet Mill Group; Trane CDQ, an air conditioning—dehumidification device that controls temperature and humidity of building interiors, developed by Jim Sand in collaboration with the Trane Company; and NanoFermentation, use of a bacterial strain to produce uniform, nano-crystalline, magnetic powders for magnetic media, ferrofluids and other applications, developed by Tommy Joe Phelps, Lonnie Love, Adam Rondinone, Bob Lauf, Yul Roh, Chuanlun Zhang and Ji-Won Moon. NanoFermentation also received one of R&D Magazine's inaugural MICRO/NANO 25 awards.
R&D magazine's R&D 100 Awards.
ORNL's high-temperature superconducting wire technology, referred to as "HTS Wires Enabled via 3D Self-Assembly of Insulating Nanodots," received a Nano 50 Award from Nanotech Briefs, a digital magazine for design engineers.
John Hsu, Stephen Smith and Arthur Moorhead were recently recognized as "distinguished inventors" by Battelle for receiving 14 or more patents during their research careers at ORNL.
Ian Wright and Hua-Tay Lin have been elected fellows of ASM International; Cam Hubbard has been elected a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and Steve Sims has been elected a fellow of the Health Physics Society.
Brian H. Davison received the Charles D. Scott Award (named after a retired ORNL corporate fellow) at the 28th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in recognition of his innovations and insights in biotechnology and bioprocessing.
ORNL has received its third consecutive Pollution Prevention Best-In-Class award from DOE.