CNS, UT chemical sensing technology wins R&D 100 Award

Posted: November 19, 2015 - 4:57pm

An inexpensive, small and portable chemical sensor developed by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC researchers at the Y‑12 National Security Complex and the University of Tennessee received a prestigious R&D 100 Award.

ChIMES, which is short for Chemical Identification by Magneto-Elastic Sensing, was selected as a revolutionary technology by a panel of 70 independent judges. This low-cost sensor has virtually limitless applications, including detection of chemical and biological warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, explosives and illegal drugs.

The sensor is the product of a three-year collaborative effort between CNS and scientists from the University of Tennessee. Y‑12 researcher Vincent Lamberti, who managed the project, said, "The R&D 100 award reflects the importance in having strong partners in the advancement of a new technology. ChIMES surely would not have succeeded without the steady stream of innovations that were created in our collaboration with UT."

CNS Technology Transfer Manager Jeremy Benton said, "The receipt of this award is truly an honor and a way to show everyone, from the taxpayers to the research community, the broad-ranging, world-class expertise that exists within CNS. The far-reaching applications of this technology demonstrates how the CNS expertise was magnified and enhanced through our partnership with University of Tennessee. It also demonstrates how that expertise is magnified and brought into a technology with far-reaching applications through our partnership with the University of Tennessee."

CNS Development Director Randolph Dziendziel said the health of the Nuclear Security Enterprise is dependent on these types of partnerships.

"CNS considers university collaborations essential to the vitality of our future-focused technology. Collaboration with critical partners like UT helps us to multiply the efforts of our internal staff with a goal of accelerating technology insertion and making a difference in how efficiently we accomplish our mission," Dziendziel said.

To learn more about the 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference, R&D 100 website.

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