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R&D Magazine: R&D 100 Awards:

The Awards, widely recognized as the "Oscars of Innovation," identifies and celebrates the top high technology products of the year. Sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, high-energy physics: the R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research. 

NETL R&D 100 Awards Won:

2013

BlackGold® Nanocoating

During aircraft operation, gas turbine engines are continuously exposed to erosive media that damage engine components. Nanostructured coatings applied to compressor airfoil surfaces can significantly reduce material loss, leading to improved engine performance and fuel efficiency. Researchers at MCT have designed an erosion-resistant nanocoating material and application process, which significantly reduces erosion of compressor airfoils. MCT teamed with scientists and engineers at NETL and Delta Air Lines to perform critical tests required for FAA certification needed to deploy the protective coating on commercial aircraft. The FAA-approved nanocoating has the potential to save the U.S. commercial aviation industry up to 100 million gallons of fuel annually and realize cost savings greater than $300 million per year at today's jet fuel prices.

Arc Position Sensing

Vacuum arc remelting (VAR) is the primary method for melting and refining specialty metals for aerospace and other advanced applications. Defects in the ingots from VARs can cause catastrophic failure in their end use. Flaws are often caused by solidification problems due to operational characteristics, such as constricting of arcs during melting. Previously, these conditions could not be identified during furnace operations, requiring ingot manufacturers to perform extensive testing on all ingots. NETL's Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during melting, identifying deleterious operating conditions quickly and avoiding known conditions that may lead to defects. Viewing electric arcs with the APS reduces defects and provides quality control critical for safety; it could also lead to the production of materials with stronger chemical and mechanical homogeneity, increasing yield in the specialty metals and alloys used in critical industries, such as the airline industry.

2012

  • Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) Process, Kathryn Klos, McMahan gray, Jessica Sosenko, James Hoffman, Henry Pennline, Kenneth Champagne, Kevin Resnik, Dan Fauth, and Yee Song. 

2011

  • Novel Platinum/Chromium Alloy for the Manufacture of Improved Coronary Stents, Paul Jablonski, Paul Turner, and Edward Argetsinger 

  • APECS v2 with ANSYS DesignXplorerTM and ROM Builder, Stephen Zitney

  • Mn-Co Coating for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnects, Chris Johnson, Randy Gemmen, and Xingbo Liu (WVU)

2010

  • Cerium Oxide Coating for Oxidation Rate Reduction in Stainless Steels and Nickel Superalloys, Paul Jablonski and Dave Alman

  • osgBullet. Co-developers/contributors include Skew Matrix Software, Idaho National Laboratory, US Army Armament Research Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC), Terry Jordan

2009

  • VE-PSI: Virtual Engineering – Process Simulator Interface. Co-developers/contributors include Reaction Engineering International.

  • SEQURE(™) Tracer Technology

  • THIEF Process for the Removal of Mercury from Flue Gas. Co-developers/contributors include Nalco Mobotec.

  • Clay-Liquid CO2 Removal Sorbent. Co-developers/contributors include Sud Chemie.

2008

  • Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS) with ANSYS® Engineering Knowledge ManagerTM (EKMTM). Co-developers/contributors include ANSYS Inc. , ALSTOM Power Inc. , Aspen Technology Inc, Carnegie Mellon University

  • High Temperature Palladium Sorbent to Remove Mercury in Gasification Process. Co-developers/contributors include Johnson Matthey, Inc.

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. The FLC was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide. Today, more than 250 federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies are FLC members.

NETL FLC Awards Won

2012

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer
    Development of a Platinum-Chromium Alloy for Improved Coronary Stents, Paul Turner, Jablonski, and Edward Argetsinger in collaboration with Boston Scientific Corporation.

2011

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Novel Pyrochlore Catalysts for Hydrocarbon Reforming, Dave Berry and Dushyant Shekhawat

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Electroplated Mn-Co Coating for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnects, Chris Johnson and Randy Gemmen

  • Outstanding Commercialization Success, Development of a Platinum-Chromium Alloy for the Manufacture of Improved Coronary Stent, Paul Turner, and Paul Jablonski

2010

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
    Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent Process for CO2 Capture, McMahan (Mac) Gray and Henry Pennline

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
    Virtual Engineering – Process Simulator Interface (VE-PSI), Terry Jordan and Steve Zitney

  • Outstanding Technology Development Cerium-Oxide Coating for Stainless Steels and Nickel Alloys, Paul Jablonski and Dave Alman

  • Outstanding Commercialization Success AUREX 95P, an advanced refractory material for industrial gasifiers.

  • Interagency Partnership Award Recognizes the efforts of laboratory employees from at least two different agencies who have collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a technology. The other DOE labs were LAN and ORNL. DoD agencies were the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory

2009

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award Thief Process for the Removal of Mercury from Flue Gas

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award Ammonia-based Scrubbing Process to Capture CO2 from Power Generation

2008

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award High-Temperature Sorbent to Control Mercury in Gasification Processes

  • Excellence in Technology Transfer Award Coal Chemistry Module

 

Federal Executive Boards (FEBs)
The FEBs, established by Presidential Directive in 1961, are a forum for communication and collaboration among Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC. The need for effective coordination among the field activities of Federal departments and agencies was then, and is still, very clear. Approximately 88 percent of all Federal employees work outside the National Capital Region. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of the field representatives of the departments and agencies. In addition, Federal representatives are the principal contact with the Federal Government for the citizens of the United States. The National network of 28 FEBs, located in areas of significant Federal populations, serves as the cornerstone for strategic partnering in Government.

The committee plans and promotes an annual Excellence in Government Awards Program that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of Federal employees in 22 different award categories.

NETL Federal Executive Board Awards Won:

2013

Outstanding Team – Regional Carbon Sequestration partnerships PM Team, Silver Award

Outstanding Contribution to Science – Dawn Deel and Adrea Dunn, Bronze Award

Outstanding Professional Employee – Beth Cameon, Bronze Award

2012

Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series – Eddie Christy, Gold Award

Rookie of the Year – Paul R. Ohodnicki, Jr. , Gold Award

Rookie of the Year – Meghan E. Napoli, Gold Award

Gas Hydrate Production Trial Team – Ray Boswell and Richard Baker, Silver Award

Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical) – Darryl T. Shockley, Silver Award

Outstanding Professional Employee (Med/Scientific Field) – Robert p. Warzinski, Bronze Award

Outstanding Professional Employee – Vito Cedro IIII, Bronze Award

Outstanding Professional Employee – Sai Gollakota, Bronze Award

Raman Sensor Team – Steve Woodruff, Michael Buric, and Benjamin Chorpening, Bronze Award

Community Service Award – Kenneth D. Lyons, Benjamin Chropening, and David E. Huckaby, Bronze Award

2011

Outstanding Professional Employee (Med/Scientific Field) – Isaac Gamwo, Gold Award

Outstanding Professional Employee (Med/Scientific Field) – Vyacheslav Romanov, Silver Award

Outstanding Professional Employee – Susan Maley, Gold Award

Outstanding Professional Employee – Robert Vagnetti, Bronze Award

Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series – Hank Hinkle, Gold Award

Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series – Michael Knaggs, Gold Award

Outstanding Administrative Employee – Melinda Kennedy, Silver Award

Technical Group Team – Grant Bromhal, George Guthrie, Roy Long, Bryan Morreale, Franklin Shaffer, Mehrdad Shahnam, Madhava Syamial, and George Richards, Silver Award

Industrial Carbon Capture and Sequestration (ICCS) Team – John Rockey, Nelson Rekos, Jeff Hoffmann, Gary Stiegel, Paul Detwiler, Brittley Robbins, Sai Gollakota, Diane Revay-Madden, Charles Miller, Martin Webler,and Gregory O'Neil, Bronze Award

Equal Employment Opportunity Award – Michael DeStefano, Silver Award

Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical) – Jacqueline Hakala, Silver Award

Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical) – Arun Bose, Bronze Award

Community Service Award – Maria Reidpath

Rookie of the Year – David Miller, Gold Award

Rookie of the Year – Patcharin Burke, Silver Award

FutureGen 2.0 Project Development Team – Paul Detwiler, Jeff Hoffmann, Keith Miles, Nelson Rekos, Brittley Robbins, Tom Sarkus – Silver Award

2009 

Silver Award for Excellence in the Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series. William A. Rogers. 

2008 

Outstanding Professional Employee, Gold Award. Ray Boswell 

Outstanding Professional Employee, Bronze Award. John Wimer 

Outstanding Contribution to Science, Gold Award. Dan Sorescu 

Outstanding Contribution to Science. Bronze Award. Dan Driscoll 

Rookie of the Year, Silver Award. Bryan Morreale 

Rookie of the Year, Bronze Award. Phil DiPietro 

Innovative and Novel Computation Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Awards
The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program provides powerful resources to enable scientists and engineers to conduct cutting-edge research in just weeks or months rather than the years or decades needed previously. This facilitates scientific breakthroughs in areas such as climate change, alternative energy, life sciences, and materials science. 

NETL INCITE Award Won: 

Clean and Efficient Coal Gasifier Designs Using Large-Scale Simulations. Won by NETL, ALPEMI Consulting, LLC, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010, 2009, and 2008 

Percy W Nicholls Award

The Percy Nicholls Award is presented for notable scientific or industrial achievement in the field of solid fuels. It consists of a framed certificate presented jointly by the Fuels and Combustion Technologies (FACT) Division of the ASME and the Coal Division of the AIME. 

NETL Percy Nicholls Award Won: 

2008 & 2009 Percy W Nicholls Awards Recipient: Dr. George A Richards, NETL 

Illinois Institute of Technology Professional Achievement Award

The Professional Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have achieved personal success, made outstanding contributions to their fields of endeavor and achieved recognition by their colleagues. 

NETL Illinois Institute of Technology Award Professional Achievement Award Won: 

2009 Illinois Institute of Technology Professional Achievement Award  winner: Dr. Madhava Syamlal

Patents

2013

  • 8,440,015: John Baltrus, Robert LaCount and Douglas Kern, Fly Ash Carbon Passivation. (Issued May 14, 2013)

  • 8,354,565: Charles Taylor and Thomas Brown and Alfred Unione, Nozzle design that allows for the instantaneous and continuous formation of gas hydrates. (Issued January 15, 2013)

2012

  • 8,246,767: Paul Jablonski, David Alman, Omer Dogan, Gordon Holcomb, and Christopher Cowen, Heat Treated 9 Cr-1 Mo Steel Material for High Temperature Application.

  • 8,142,756: Todd Gardner, Dushyant Shekhawat, David Berry, Methods of Reforming Hydrocarbon Fuels Using Hexaaluminate Catalysts

2011

  • 8,069,703: Evan J. Granite and Henry W. Pennline, Semi-Continuous Detection of Mercury in Gases, December 6, 2011.

  • 8,071,500: Evan J. Granite and Henry W. Pennline, Thief Carbon Catalyst for Oxidation of Mercury in Effluent Stream, December 6, 2011

2010

  • 7,704,746: Curt White (ret. ), Rodney Diehl, Arthur Wells & Brian Strazisar, Detecting Leakage from Geological Formations Used to Sequester CO2

  • 7,740,948: Maryanne Alvin, Thermal Barrier Coatings

  • 7,767,000: Ranjani Siriwardane, Regenerable Hydrogen Chloride Removal Sorbent and Regenerable Multi-functional Sulfide and Hydrogen Chloride Removal Sorbent for High-Temperature Gas Streams

  • 7,776,780: Henry Pennline & Evan Granite, Catalyst for Oxidation of Mercury in Flue Gas

  • 7,839,282 : Mahendra Mathur (ret. ) & James Spenik, Capacitance Probe for Detection of Anomalies in Non-metallic Plastic Pipes

  • 7,842,146: Yee Soong, Shiela Hedges, Robert Dilmore (ORISE), & Douglas Allen (Salem State College), CO2Separation from Low-Temperature Flue Gases

  • 7,900,811: David Alman, Daniel Davis, & Richard Wilson (ret. ), Method for Producing Components with Internal Architectures

  • 7,922792: Yee Soong, Douglas E. Allen (ORISE), Chen Zhu (Indiana University) Bauxite Residue and Brine Solutions for CO2 /SO2 Capture/Sequestration

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director's Award for Exemplary Service to the Nation - The USGS presented its Directors Award for Exemplary Service to the Nation to three NETL researchers for applying advanced techniques under extreme time constraints to estimate leakage rates which assisted in setting levels of response following the drilling rig explosion at the Macondo Well in April 2010 – Grant Bromhal, George Guthrie, and Frank Shaffer

100 Years of Innovation

  • May 16, 1910 – May 16, 2010

  • We looked back on 100 years of NETL research, which met each decade's pressing energy needs, and then ahead to our next century of service to the Nation

Management Division Award

2010

  • Bestowed by AIChE for substantial contribution to the management of engineers involved in the chemical process industries and management techniques and procedures utilized in those industries.

Green Heart Award

2010

  • Bestowed by Phipps Conservatory, Recognized for the immense benefits we provide to the region and country by spearheading sustainable development projects.

Energy Leadership Award

2010

  • Bestowed by the Pittsburgh Business Times for NETL's role in growing Pittsburgh into an international hub.

Collaboration Success Award

2012

  • Dave Berry – 2012 Collaboration Success Award from the Council for Chemical Research recognizing development of novel pyrochlore catalyst for reforming of hydrocarbon fuels.

National Association of Government Communicator Awards

2013

  • First Place – Technical or Statistical Report Category
    The United States 2012 Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas (4th Edition)

2012

  • First Place – Technical or Statistical Report Category
    Sequestration Atlas III

  • First Place – E-Newsletter Category
    Netlognews

Award for Publication Excellence (APEX)

2012

  • Marketing & Public Relations Brochures, Manuals & Reports Category
    Commercialized technologies Through the Oil & Natural Gas Program

  • Annual Reports (Electronic) Category
    Accomplishments 2012

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE)

2012

  • 2012 PECASE Awarded to John Kitchen, Carnegie Mellon University, NETL-RUA Researcher

Sustainability Awards

2012

  • Greg Sawl was recognized as an Exceptional Service/Sustainability Champion by demonstrating "exceptional service and dedication" in his role as NETL's Energy Manager. His commitment to sustainability was evidenced in a variety of new construction projects and energy management initiatives, and through renovations to meet federal guidelines for high-performance and sustainable buildings. Among the many achievements under his leadership, NETL was able to reduce the energy intensity of its buildings by 23 percent from 2003 to 2011. 

  • NETL's EMS/Sustainability Team earned an award by implementing and reaching goals within its own environmental management system—which is integrated with DOE's Integrated Safety Management System—while conforming to the International Organization for Standardization 14000 series. Along with other accomplishments, from 2008 to 2011, NETL reduced routine nonhazardous waste by 15 percent, hazardous waste by 30 percent, and direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent. 

  • NETL's Site Operations Division earned a Water Resources award by exceeding the 2020 water intensity reduction goal of 26 percent, set forth in Executive Order 13514, in 2011—9 years ahead of schedule. The laboratory's water intensity was slashed 44 percent, compared to the baseline year of 2007, through site-wide reductions in potable water usage, incorporation of closed-loop cooling systems, development of rainwater harvesting systems, and other initiatives. Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards

  • The NETL team was honored for work in formulating a unique platinum-chromium alloy used for new generation coronary stents, which are used to successfully treat patients with coronary artery disease. The NETL team, comprising Paul Turner, Paul Jablonski, and Ed Argetsinger, jointly developed the alloy with Boston Scientific Corporation Inc. Stents made with the alloy are stronger, thinner, more flexible, and easier to see on x-ray than previous stainless stents.

Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards

  • The NETL team was honored for work in formulating a unique platinum-chromium alloy used for new generation coronary stents, which are used to successfully treat patients with coronary artery disease. The NETL team, comprising Paul Turner, Paul Jablonski, and Ed Argetsinger, jointly developed the alloy with Boston Scientific Corporation Inc. Stents made with the alloy are stronger, thinner, more flexible, and easier to see on x-ray than previous stainless stents.

Secretary of Energy Appreciation Award

  • NETL employee Jay Hanna attended a recognition ceremony in Energy Secretary Chu's office to receive a "Secretary Appreciation Certificate" and commemorative paperweight for his work representing DOE to FEMA Region II during Hurricane Sandy.

Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Dr. Alexandra "Ale" Hakala serves as the technical coordinator for shale gas research, managing multiple projects within NETL's Office of Research and Development. She leads two research teams in addition to performing her own research. One of these teams is developing knowledge that could lead to computational models for predicting risks associated with shale gas development. This could lead to higher confidence that processes used to tap the United States' abundant gas shale reservoirs are environmentally safe. The second team is studying reactions that may occur along fractured pathways in a geothermal reservoir and developing detailed models of physical changes expected in unique geothermal systems.

Recognition

From Schlumberger/Slider on the 10-year anniversary of the commercialization of Slider technology – "For support of small business innovation and promoting industry utilization of these new technologies to stimulate the economy and promote national good."

Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

  • Finalist – Science and Environmental Medal – Paul Jablonski
    The award pays tribute to the dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to the country.

Arthur S. Flemming Award

  • Social Science, Clinical Trials, and Translational Research – Paul Jablonski

Office of Fossil Energy Excellence in ES&H Award

  • NETL Activity Hazards Analysis Program for Construction Contracts
    Mike Monahan, Dan Maloney, Allen Lichvar, Dave Hyman, Steve Curfman, Keith Knotts, and Matt Menas

NACE International, The Corrosion Society

  • 2013 Technical Achievement Award – Malgorzata Ziomek-Moroz

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