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October 30, 2019 | Tom Ballard

2019 “R&D Awards” winners announced, ORNL named on five

Winners of the prestigious “R&D 100 Awards” for 2019 have been announced, and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) were involved in five, increasing the lab’s total to 221 since the award’s inception in 1963.

The announcement was made yesterday by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC. Immediately thereafter, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that researchers at its labs were involved in 41 of the 100 awards.

Those announced by ORNL in its subsequent news release were: (1) “CellSight – Rapid, Native Single Cell Mass Spectrometry,” developed by ORNL and Cytena GmbH; (2) “Multiparameter Sensor Platform for Cyber-Physical Security of the Electric Grid,” developed by ORNL and Brixon.; (3) “High Strength Binder System for Additive Manufacturing,” developed by ORNL and ExOne; (4) “Voltanol: Electrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol,” developed solely by a team of ORNL researchers; and (5) “Unified Communications X (UCX),” submitted by Los Alamos National Laboratory and co-developed with ORNL.

“This awards program is so well-recognized across the R&D community,” said Paul J. Heney, Vice President, Editorial Director for R&D World. “Being named as one of the ‘R&D 100’ is an incredible honor. These 100 winning products and technologies are the disruptors that will change industries and make the world a better place in the coming years.”

In addition, one other winner came from Tennessee. Researchers at Vanderbilt University won an “R&D 100 Award” for “Real-time Intraoperative Parathyroid Identification to Prevent Accidental Removal of Parathyroid Glands During Thyroid Surgery.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers won the highest number of “R&D 100 Awards,” garnering nine, just one short of 10 percent of the total. In second place among DOE’s labs was Argonne National Laboratory with six.

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