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Laboratory captures three R&D 100 awards
The Laboratory has garnered three R&D 100 awards this year. Each year, R&D Magazine presents these awards, also known as the “Oscars of Invention,” to the top 100 industrial, high-technology inventions submitted to its competition.

The three Livermore inventions honored are as follows:

  • Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope—A microscope that provides the highest resolution ever for digital imaging of ultrafast material processes on the nanometer, or billionth-of-a-meter, scale. This technology was developed in conjunction with JEOL USA, Inc., of Peabody, Massachusetts.
  • Autonomous Alignment Process for Laser Fusion Systems— A revolutionary “hands-off” technology that directs and aligns multiple high-energy laser beams to enable controlled fusion reactions in a laboratory. The technology was developed for the National Ignition Facility.
  • SecureBox—A low-cost, reliable, reusable system designed to improve the security of cargo containers during shipping. This award was won in collaboration with Secure Box Corporation of Santa Clara, California, and the National Infrastructure Institute’s Center for Infrastructure Expertise of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

S&TR will feature detailed reports on these award-winning inventions and the teams that created them in its November/December issue.
Contact: Erik Stenehjem (925) 423-9353 (

LLNS 2008 Community Gift Program Award recipients
Donations totaling $100,000 were distributed through the 2008 Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) Community Gift Program. The monetary gifts are a reflection of LLNS’s commitment to being a good neighbor and making a positive contribution to its local communities. From the 141 applications received totaling nearly $1.7 million in requests, 20 were selected for awards through a committee review process. The majority of these awards serve children in the Tri-Valley Area (Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville) and San Joaquin County, with a focus on science and math education and cultural arts. The donations come from the fee LLNS receives to manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. More information on LLNS and its Community Gift Program is available at

The new program expands on LLNS’s community giving, which already has benefited the greater Bay Area. In December 2007, LLNS matched $1 million in employee donations to the Laboratory’s HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) Campaign. The HOME Campaign benefits nonprofit agencies in the Tri-Valley, San Joaquin Valley, and greater Bay Area. Since 1997, HOME has raised more than $1 million annually through employee donations that go directly to agencies selected by employees. This year, Laboratory employees pledged $1.4 million to the campaign, benefiting 446 agencies. By adding $1 million to the funds, LLNS brought the total contribution to $2.4 million.

“LLNS is committed to being a good neighbor in our local communities and is proud of the generous support of employees to those in need,” says George Miller, president of LLNS and director of Lawrence Livermore.
Contact: Ann Willoughby (925) 423-4234 (

Chemical vapor research makes cover of The Analyst
A paper by Lawrence Livermore researchers describing the development of a compact, low-power sensor array to detect chemical vapor analytes was chosen by The Analyst for the cover article of the May 2008 issue, which is devoted to “Detection for Security.” Researchers from the Chemistry, Materials, Earth, and Life Sciences Directorate and the Physical Sciences Directorate demonstrated the use of the sensor array to detect 11 chemical vapors representing a breadth of chemical properties, in real time and over a wide range of vapor concentrations. The article also describes the detection of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) VX and sulfur mustard, representing the first published report of CWA vapor detection by a polymer-based, cantilever sensor array. Bradley Hart led the research team that included Albert Loui, Tom Wilson, Tim Ratto, Scott McCall, Erik Mukerjee, and Adam Love during the three-year project, which began in 2005.

Slightly larger than a matchbook, the system can fit unobtrusively in small spaces. According to Hart, it could be a candidate for use in a Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency proposal that seeks technology to integrate sensors for chemical, biological, or radiological threats onto a mobile communications platform, such as a cell phone. Such a network would warn, identify, and detect the scope of a potential threat agent.

The eight-cantilever sensor array has shown sensitivities from 4 parts per billion to 16 parts per thousand in 13 chemicals ranging from water to volatile organic compounds, whose industrial emissions are regulated because of their deleterious health effects. Eventual capabilities include onboard data storage and wireless transmission.
Contact: Bradley Hart (925) 423-1970 (

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