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February 08, 2021 | Tom Ballard

ORNL wins three “National Technology Transfer Awards”

Three technologies developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have won “National Technology Transfer Awards” from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

The recognitions came in two categories – “Excellence in Technology Transfer” and “Impact.” In the first category, there were two awards.

  • One was a technology co-developed by ORNL and Magnum Venus Products that was described in this January 2020 article. It is the one-of-a-kind Reactive Additive Manufacturing (RAM) system that is capable of producing large, lightweight parts by utilizing thermoset materials rather than the thermoplastics typically used with polymer 3D printers. RAM incorporates an innovative design that offers high-volume parts production.
  • The other is a suite of technologies designed to eliminate the rare and costly cobalt metal found in the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries that are used to power portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. That technology was recently licensed to SPARKZ.

The technology recognized in the “Impact” category was one that was cited in this recent post. Working with Peter Tsai who invented the N95 mask material, ORNL researchers adapted melt-blowing capabilities at the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility to enable the production of filter material for N95 masks in the fight against COVID-19.

To learn more about the awards, click here.

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