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Special Recognition Awards.

New to our annual R&D 100 Award Winners issue are our Special Recognition Award winners. This year, in addition to our R&D 100 Award winners, we also added four Special Recognition categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Tech, Market Disruptor Product and Market Disruptor Service. This year within these four special categories we added 10 winners to our 100 count. Below outlines our winners.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Gold Award

Our Gold Winner for the Corporate Social Responsibility R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Southern Company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries KM-CDR Process.

More than 40% of carbon dioxide emission in the U.S. results from electric power generation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Partnering with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Southern Company developed and demonstrated a carbon capture storage technology capable of recovering carbon dioxide emissions up to 90%. The KM-CDR Process works by directing flue gas from a coal-fired boiler to a vessel, where the carbon dioxide reacts with advanced amine solvent. The amine solvent is directed towards another vessel, where it undergoes a heat process, liberating the carbon dioxide. The amine solvent is recirculated, while the carbon dioxide is compressed to 1,500 lbs per square inch, and funneled to a sequestration site 9,500 ft below the ground for permanent storage. For more information on the technology, please visit page 36.

Silver Award

Our Silver Winner for the Corporate Social Responsibility R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Natus Medical Inc.'s Echo-Screen III Hearing Screener.

For decades, the material of choice for medical and commercial electronic device housings has been polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadlene styrene plastic (PC/ABS). By chemical definition, PC contains BPA. Some claim BPA from plastics causes longterm health issues in infants. Natus Medical Inc.'s Echo-Screen III is the world's first medical electronic device with a plastic enclosure and transducer cable assemblies free of BPA meeting International flame retardant regulations. The technology is a portable device for detecting hearing loss in newborn infants of a least 34 weeks gestational age. The device is made with Eastman Tritan copolyester MXF121, an opaque material that is free of BPA, tough and resistant to aggressive cleaners and disinfectants.

GREEN TECH

Gold Award

Our Gold Winner for the Green Tech R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Sandia National Laboratories and the Univ. of New Mexico's CO2 Memzyme.

An environmental crisis is underway due to the increasing global demand for cheap, dependable electricity to support economic well-being and the fact that coal-fired power plants will continue to dominate global electricity generation will into the future. Coal-fired power plants are the leading producer of greenhouse gases (GHGs), currently accounting for nearly half of the 40 billion tons/yr of carbon dioxide emitted by human activities worldwide. Governments around the world have pledged to combat climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. Yet, lack of efficient carbon dioxide separation technologies hinder compliance. Sandia National Laboratories and the Univ. of New Mexico's CO2 Memzyme captures carbon dioxide from a gas mixture at high rates (2,600 GPU) and with high selectivity (>500 carbon dioxide vs. nitrogen molecules), surpassing a fundamental barrier in polymeric membrane technology and realizing the first technology that meets and exceeds the U.S. Dept. of Energy's target of <$30/ton for cost-effective carbon dioxide capture. The memzyme simultaneously produces nearly pure carbon dioxide (99%) for re-use. For more information on the technology, please visit page 33.

Silver Award

Our Silver Winner for the Green Tech R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Dow Water and Process Solutions' Dow UF PURINZE and Its Application in Eco Washing Machine.

Dow Water and Process Solutions' PURINZE is an ultrafiltration module engineered to purify and recover water used in washing machines. The Eco Machine with the PURINZE module integrated inside is the first washing machine on the market employing this technology. This washer has the best water efficiency in the commercialized washing units. Integration of water recovery and purification technology in a home washing machine represents a new direction in addressing water scarcity. Compared to a conventional washing machine, the new machine reduces water consumption by 33%, limits waste water discharge to environment by 33%, improves washing quality (by removal of 99% bacteria). The core of PURINZE is ultrafiltration membranes. The fine pore size of the UF membrane is able to reject the suspended solids, debris, bacteria and mites, while filtrated water is cleaned and circulated back for re-use. The ultrafiltration membranes inside can be recovered by aeration and detergent cleaning.

Bronze Award

Our Bronze Winner for the Green Tech R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.'s High Efficient and Reliable Ocean Wave Energy Harvester.

With the shortage of global energy, it's highly necessary to exploit alternative renewable energy sources beyond fossil oil, nuclear, solar and wind energy. Oceans are now offering us another vast, but untapped, treasure--ocean wave energy. The potential for electricity generation from ocean wave energy in the U.S. is estimated to be 64% of the total electricity generated from all sources in 2010. Over 53% of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of the coast, so ocean waves offer ready opportunity for harvesting power. However, wave energy harvesting is still in its infancy worldwide. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.'s High Efficient and Reliable Ocean Wave Energy Harvester is an innovative product of ocean wave energy generators, with advantage of high efficiency and reliability. Different from the state-of-the-art ocean wave converters, an innovative power takeoff mechanism named mechanical motion rectifier (MMR) is adopted, which converts the irregular oscillatory wave motion into regular unidirectional rotation of the generator. It marries the advantages of the direct and indirect-drive power takeoff methods, with a much higher energy conversion efficiency, enhanced reliability, unmatched compactness and optimal electrical grid integration. What's more important, this novel power takeoff design can be easily applied to most kinds of wave energy converters (WEC) which are already exist or under construction. Therefore, the invented product will greatly improve the efficiency and reliability of today's WEC, paving a sustainable pathway of making ocean wave resources a practical renewable energy.

MARKET DISRUPTOR PRODUCT

Gold Award

Our Gold Winner for the Market Disruptor Product R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Lintec and The Univ. of Texas at Dallas' HeliAct Muscles.

There is a critically important need for muscle-like fiber actuators that can replace bulky and expensive motors and hydraulic systems. Lintec and The Univ. of Texas at Dallas' HeliAct Muscles provide strong, powerful, high-cycle-life artificial muscles that are cheaply made from high-strength polymer fibers, like those commonly used for fishing line and sewing thread. Since these artificial muscles are powered by temperature changes, they can be driven electrically, by light absorption, by chemical reaction or by ambient temperature changes. Common large-volume and heavy weight, conventionally used motors and hydraulic systems fall short of performance needs for such applications as prosthetics, humanoid robots and exoskeletons. And these actuation means lack the conveniently deployable fiber shape of muscles found in nature. The HeliAct Muscles technology provides long-life, low-cost, highly controllable artificial muscle fibers that can replace expensive, bulky, heavy motors. The polymer fiber muscles can contract by over 60%, lift loads over 100 times heavier than can human muscle of the same length and weight and generate 5.3 kW (7.1 horsepower) of mechanical power per kilogram of muscle weight, which is five times higher than produced by a car's gasoline engine.

Silver Award

Our Silver Winner for the Market Disruptor Product R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Perkin Elmer's Solaris Open Air Fluorescence Imaging system.

Perkin Elmer's Solaris is truly a disruptive technology that pushes the boundaries of in vivo imaging from a closed box into an open air setting, expanding the application spectrum of in vivo optical imaging. Solaris is a multi-species fluorescence imaging system designed for image guided surgery applications. The system integrates into existing surgical workflows, providing surgical illumination and hands-free image acquisition, while functioning in ambient light conditions. With four fluorescent imaging channel capability, Solaris allows researchers to gain further understanding of their research models. Solaris is an enabling technology for preclinical research across a variety of disease models in both small and large animals. Utilizing PerkinElmer's portfolio of fluorescent imaging agents, as well as fluorescent dyes FITC and ICG, researchers can further interrogate disease models in oncology, inflammation, infectious diseases, as well as fluorescent guided injections for applications such as stem cell therapies.

Bronze Award

Our Bronze Winner for the Market Disruptor Product R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Carl Zeiss Microscopy's Airyscan.

Carl Zeiss Microscopy's Airyscan module is a new detector concept designed for confocal laser scanning microscopy (LSM) that enables simultaneous resolution and signal-to-noise (SNR) increase over traditional LSM imaging while maintaining the optical sectioning and point scanning capabilities of an LSM. As a result of the detector design, the Airyscan module is transparent to a researcher and can be utilized to image any sample that is typically viewed with confocal LSM. The afforded increase in resolution and SNR provided by the Airyscan detector immediately benefits traditional confocal LSM research applications in areas of cell differentiation, cell tracking, live cell kinetics, protein expression, protein localization, neural network connectivity, tissue structure, gene expression and protein/gene function. Additionally, the optical sectioning and point scanning modality of the Airyscan uniquely allow for superresolved data to be extracted from sample types, such as thick tissue and living cell preparations, previously inaccessible by commercially available superesolution techniques. When utilizing the Airyscan detector a resolution increase of 1.7x in all three dimensions is achieved yielding a resolution of 140 nm (x-y) and 400 nm (z), while also providing a fourfold increase in SNR. The spatial resolution afforded by the Airyscan detector is significantly beyond that of the diffraction limit which governs the resolution limit of traditional fluorescence microscopy.

MARKET DISRUPTOR SERVICE

Gold Award

Our Gold Winner for the Market Disruptor Service R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is TissueGen Inc.'s ELUTE Fiber--Growth Factor-Loaded.

TissueGen Inc.'s ELUTE biodegradable growth-factor loaded fibers provide tunable release profiles for delivery of sensitive growth factors such as Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), Glial Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF), as well as other sensitive bio logical molecules including immune proteins and enzymes such as IgG and even live adenoviruses. TissueGen's technology provides tailored release kinetics for in vivo support and regeneration applications--an extremely difficult engineering challenge that scientists have struggled with for decades. ELUTE fibers, when used as scaffolding in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, enable researchers to create physiologically significant 3-D architecture that no other technology can provide.

Silver Award

Our Silver Winner for the Market Disruptor Service R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Infrared Nondestructive Weld Examination System.

Welding is an essential technology in autobody structure assembly. On average, a passenger vehicle is assembled with 4,000 to 6,000 resistance spot welds (RSWs). Today, all U.S. automakers primarily rely on a destructive method to ensure weld integrity; at predetermined time intervals (usually once per shift), an expensive and labor-intensive procedure, called "pry-check," is used to manually tear apart selected welded parts. The very nature of this destructive post-production test means that only a few welds can be sampled for quality. Most RSWs in a car are never checked. Furthermore, the costs and risks associated with scrapping or reworking the welded parts selected for teardown testing is significant. Despite extensive R&D efforts over the years, nondestructive weld quality inspection has remained a critical need in the auto industry, largely due to the unique technological and economic constraints of the auto production environment. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with its industry partners ArcelorMittal USA and Eagle Bend Manufacturing Inc., has successfully developed a novel spot weld inspection technology based on infrared (IR) thermography. Developed to specifically address the critical demand for online nondestructive monitoring of RSW quality and integrity in today's crash-worthy automotive body structures produced in high-volume production environments, this new weld inspection technology has the potential to revolutionize welding and assembly in automotive body structures, considerably reducing the cost and scrap rate associated with the current weld inspection technique. The technology has been licensed to APLAIR Manufacturing Systems Inc., a Tennessee-based company that introduces new technical solutions to the automotive and aerospace industries.
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