LANL bags two R&D 100s

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By The Staff

R&D Magazine picked Los Alamos National Laboratory for two of its R&D 100 awards this year. The awards honor pace-setting technology and innovation throughout the world.

LANL was recognized for its 3-D Tracking Microscope and Laser-Weave technology.

The 3-D Tracking Microscope is described by the Laboratory as uniquely “capable of following the motion of nanometer sized objects, such as quantum dots, organic fluorophores and single green fluorescent proteins, as they move through 3-D space at rates faster than many intracellular transport processes.” Jim Werner of the Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies developed the instrument.

The Laser-Weave technology synthesizes inorganic fibers, according to a LANL announcement: “Laser-Weave is able to grow high-strength inorganic fibers into useful shapes and complex patterns, braid or weave strong cables, cloth, or composites with lasers, produce new high-value, cost-effective refractory ropes and textiles, and prototype novel high-aspect ratio microelectrical mechanical systems.”

Jim Maxwell of the Lab’s Applied Electromagnetics group developed Laser Weave.

The two awards brought the lab’s 30-year total of R&D 100 awards to 107.

Elsewhere in the nuclear weapons complex, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories each won three awards this year.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory captured six R&D 100 awards for 2008. ORNL has now won 140 awards since the recognitions began, tops among national laboratories.

The awards will be officially presented in October at a ceremony in Chicago.