Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Process And New Type Of Radiation Sensor Win Awards

Date:
February 16, 1999
Source:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Summary:
The Federal Laboratory Consortium, which recognizes excellence in technology transfer, has honored Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers for their efforts in moving two technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. The technologies - an environmentally friendly process for cleaning clothing and mechanical parts and a new type of radiation sensor - are among 15 honored this year by the FLC.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory honored for transferring technology

Related Articles


RICHLAND, Wash. - The Federal Laboratory Consortium (http://www.federallabs.org/), which recognizes excellence in technology transfer, has honored Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers for their efforts in moving two technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. The technologies - an environmentally friendly process for cleaning clothing and mechanical parts and a new type of radiation sensor - are among 15 honored this year by the FLC.

Each year, the FLC gives up to 30 “excellence in technology transfer" awards to government laboratory teams that are able to move their developments successfully to the private sector. Pacific Northwest, a Department of Energy national laboratory, leads all federal laboratories in the number of FLC awards for technology transfer.

A process using reverse micelles in supercritical fluids was licensed to MICELL Technologies Inc. (http://www.micell.com/main.htm), which is now manufacturing and selling high-tech commercial cleaning systems. The fiber-optic neutron and gamma ray sensor technology was licensed to Tennelec/ Nucleus, Inc., a subsidiary of Oxford Instruments Inc. (http://www.tennelec.com/), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of radiation detection technology.

MICELL Technologies created the MICLEAN/MICARE industrial cleaning process using novel surfactants or detergents they developed and Pacific Northwest's fundamental discovery of reverse micelles in supercritical fluids. The surfactants significantly increase the “scrubbing” power of liquid carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide-based systems are just as effective at cleaning clothes or mechanical parts as the more commonly used hazardous chemicals and regulated chlorinated solvents. However, carbon dioxide is environmentally friendly, doesn’t deplete ozone in the atmosphere and also can be recycled. The technology was developed and transferred by Pacific Northwest researchers John Fulton, Max Phelps and commercialization manager, Nick Lombardo.

The new type of radiation sensor licensed to Tennelec/Nucleus Inc. uses glass fibers to detect radionuclides. Traditional neutron sensors use helium-filled tubes, but the innovative technology developed at Pacific Northwest uses glass fibers that are more flexible. This is important because fibers can be wrapped around a drum to inspect its contents or installed in an asphalt road to detect the transport of nuclear materials. In medicine, the sensor can be used with boron neutron capture therapy, a promising method for treating cancer. The sensor also can monitor real-time dose to prevent overexposure to radiation.

One of the biggest potential applications of the new sensor is in monitoring plutonium in spent fuel rods. The laboratory and Tennelec demonstrated this technology to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is evaluating technologies for this application worldwide. The laboratory team that developed and transferred the technology consists of Mary Bliss, Ron Brodzinski, Ned Wogman, Debra Barnett and Dick Craig.

Pacific Northwest is one of DOE’s nine multiprogram national laboratories and conducts research in the fields of environment, energy, health sciences and national security. Battelle, based in Columbus, Ohio, has operated Pacific Northwest for DOE since 1965.

A formal award ceremony honoring the technology transfer winners will be held during the 1999 FLC national meeting, April 19-23, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For more information, contact Susan Bauer, media relations at (509) 375-2561.

Business inquiries on either technology can be directed to (inquiry@pnl.gov). Information on other award winning technologies from Pacific Northwest can be accessed at http://www.pnl.gov/news/back/awardbg.htm.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Process And New Type Of Radiation Sensor Win Awards." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 February 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/02/990212135454.htm>.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (1999, February 16). Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Process And New Type Of Radiation Sensor Win Awards. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/02/990212135454.htm
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Process And New Type Of Radiation Sensor Win Awards." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/02/990212135454.htm (accessed October 24, 2014).

Share This



More Matter & Energy News

Friday, October 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Police Testing New Gunfire Tracking Technology

Police Testing New Gunfire Tracking Technology

AP (Oct. 24, 2014) A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Two law enforcement agencies are currently testing the technology. (Oct. 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
3D Printed Instruments Make Sweet Music in Sweden

3D Printed Instruments Make Sweet Music in Sweden

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 23, 2014) Students from Lund University's Malmo Academy of Music are believed to be the world's first band to all use 3D printed instruments. The guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums were built by Olaf Diegel, professor of product development, who says 3D printing allows musicians to design an instrument to their exact specifications. Matthew Stock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Chameleon Camouflage to Give Tanks Cloaking Capabilities

Chameleon Camouflage to Give Tanks Cloaking Capabilities

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 22, 2014) Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its colour to disguise itself; scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change colour to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank prototype will be tested within a few years, with scientists predicting that a similar technology could even be woven into the fabric of a soldiers' clothing making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. Matthew Stock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Jet Sales Lift Boeing Profit 18 Pct.

Jet Sales Lift Boeing Profit 18 Pct.

Reuters - Business Video Online (Oct. 22, 2014) Strong jet demand has pushed Boeing to raise its profit forecast for the third time, but analysts were disappointed by its small cash flow. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Space & Time

Matter & Energy

Computers & Math

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins