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August 28, 2022 | Tom Ballard

ORNL wins seven “R&D 100 Awards,” one in collaboration with UTK

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA

Being a scientist won’t often get you a Grammy or an Emmy, but it can get you an “R&D 100 Award,” which the research community dubbed “the Oscars of Innovation.”

And the Oscar goes to . . . Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), with seven wins this year, including one collaboration with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).

R&D World magazine just announced their list of winners for the 2022 “R&D 100 Awards,” which annually recognizes 100 accomplishments in research. These winners were chosen for technologically significant research that led to new products, technologies and materials around the world.

“Each day, ORNL strives to deliver scientific breakthroughs for the benefit of society,” ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia said. “The ‘R&D 100 Awards’ are a tremendous recognition of the hard work and dedication required by our researchers to develop these impactful technologies.”

Since the R&D Awards were established in 1963, ORNL has brought home 239 wins.

ORNL had nine finalists and seven wins, one of those wins in partnership with UTK researchers.

  • uAlumin-3D: An Additively Manufactured Dual-Strengthened Aluminum Alloy Designed for Extreme Creep and Fatigue Resistance,developed by ORNL, General Motors and Beehive3D.
  • Gremlin: Adversarial Discovery of Weaknesses in Machine Learners,developed by ORNL.
  • RapidCure: High-Speed Electron Beam Processing of Battery Electrodes,developed by ORNL. This technology also received the Silver Award in the Special Recognition: Green Tech category.
  • SolidPAC: A Comprehensive Solid-State Battery Design Tool, developed by ORNL.
  • Ultraclean Condensing Gas Furnace,developed by ORNL.
  • Flash-X, a Multiphysics Simulation Software, developed by Argonne National Laboratory, ORNL, Michigan State University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Japan.
  • GridEye: A Wide-Area Power Grid Real-Time Situational Awareness System, developed by the University of Tennessee and ORNL.

Winners will be recognized at the group’s 60th awards ceremony in November in Coronado, California. You can view the list of all 100 winners here.

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