The R&D 100 awards—called the “Oscars of Innovation”—recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace each year. Brookhaven Lab’s endeavors to transform breakthrough scientific discoveries into game-changing technology—including advances in x-ray imaging techniques, cancer detection, and energy catalysis—have resulted in many R&D 100 recognitions. Brookhaven continues its commitment to partnerships between cutting-edge basic science and commercial deployment to help meet energy challenges, strengthen national security, and stimulate the economy.
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Brookhaven scientists led a team for a custom-built x-ray microscope at the National Synchrotron Light Source II. Advanced x-ray optics provide resolution better than 15 nanometers—50,000 times smaller than a grain of sand.
Brookhaven's James Muckerman, Etsuko Fujita, and Kotaro Sasaki, a postdoc, and two high school students developed the low-cost MoSoy Catalyst that eliminates the need for expensive metal catalysts to speed up the rate at which water is split.
Anti-reflective, water-repellent materials with nanotextured "coatings" developed for a project led by Charles Black at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials could lead to production of highly efficient, self-cleaning solar cells, glare-free cell phone screens, and perfectly transparent windows.
Vyacheslav Solovyov and Qiang Li developed a novel superconducting fault current limiter that can transmit large amounts of electrical energy without added conduction losses and can rapidly interrupt the flow of energy when an emergency occurs.
Brookhaven's Nathalie Bouet and Peter Takacs developed the Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool with collaborators to solve a difficult problem: the quantitative characterization of the measuring instruments.
Brookhaven scientists developed a novel radiation detector called GammaScout, a compact system that provides detailed spectroscopic and imaging information about the presence and distribution of x-ray and gamma-ray radiation in a sample.
Brookhaven chemist Radoslav Adzic and his research team developed durable, high-performing, low-platinum electrocatalysts optimized for use in electric vehicle fuel cells.
Researchers at the National Synchrotron Light Source and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) developed the Maia x-ray microprobe detector system, capable of imaging everything from Rembrandt paintings to soil deposits 1,000 times faster than previous methods.
Collaborating with Hybridyne Imaging Technologies, Inc., Brookhaven scientists invented a compact gamma camera called ProxiScan, capable of detecting prostate cancer at an early stage and raising the chances of early diagnosis and treatment.
National Synchrotron Light Source scientists developed the Sagittal Focusing Laue Monochromator, the first device able to focus a large spread of high-energy x-rays to study physics, biology, and nanotechnology with superior beam intensity, higher image resolution, and greater efficiency.
Kansas State University and Yinnel Tech, Inc. collaborated with Brookhaven to create a highly efficient, low-cost portable radiation detector for homeland security applications, nuclear medical imaging, environmental monitoring and cleanup, galactic events studies, and nuclear-weapons safeguards.