Monday, July 8, 2013

Berkeley Lab Wins Record Eight R&D 100 Awards



A generator that uses a virus to convert mechanical energy to electricity and a new material that will boost power storage in rechargeable batteries by 30 percent are among seven inventions by Berkeley Lab scientists that were honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, often dubbed the “Oscars of Innovation.” In addition to the generator, winners included these technologies: high-throughput NIMS screening for low-cost, large-scale molecular samples, better batteries with a conducting polymer binder, the On-demand Secure Circuits and Reservation System (OSCARS), universal smart window coating, the Campanile nano-optical imaging probe, optically-detected oil well logging by MRI (pictured), and cheap, rugged fuel cells that provide electricity where none exists. 




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