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PNNL scientists win 4 R&D 100 awards for environment, biology, security technologies
Date:7/8/2010

RICHLAND, Washington -- Technologies that enhance threat and radiation detection, improve life sciences research and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels received recognition for their innovation today. R&D Magazine honored four advancements developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with its annual R&D 100 awards.

R&D Magazine selects the 100 most innovative scientific and technological breakthroughs of the year from nominations spanning private, academic and government institutions. Today's honors bring PNNL's total to 84 since the awards' inception in 1969, including 77 since 1988.

"I want to congratulate all of this year's winners on their awards and to thank them for their work," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. "The large number of winners from the DOE's national labs every year is a clear sign that our labs are doing some of the most innovative research in the world. This work benefits us all by enhancing America's competitiveness, ensuring our security, providing new energy solutions, and expanding the frontiers of our knowledge. Our national labs are truly national treasures, and it is wonderful to see their work recognized once again."

PNNL's award winning technologies are:

Honey I shrunk my spectrometer
Ion Mobility Spectrometer on a Microchip

Trace molecules can be telltale signs of explosives in a briefcase or disease-revealing proteins in blood. Now, researchers at PNNL and Owlstone Nanotech in Cambridge, England, have dramatically improved the ability to detect and identify such molecules. Ion Mobility Spectrometer on a Microchip overcomes limitations of previous instruments by shrinking a key component -- a channel through which such molecules must travel.

The dime-sized microchip is based on Field Asymmetric waveform Ion Mobility Spectrometry. Also called FAIMS, the method uses strong versus weak electric fields to sepa
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Contact: Mary Beckman
mary.beckman@pnl.gov
509-375-3688
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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