Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Three ORNL technologies recognized by lab consortium

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 16, 2002 — Three technologies developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have earned awards for excellence in technology transfer from the Southeast Region Federal Laboratory Consortium.

Only five awards were presented by the organization, which covers 40 federal laboratories in the nine-state Southeastern region.

The awards are presented in recognition of hard work, selfless devotion to the pursuit of excellence and dedication to improving the American way of life. They were presented during the consortium's conference in Orlando, Fla.

Awards are being presented for work in the following areas: .

  • Direct-to-digital holography for high-speed, high-resolution defect inspection
  • Protein structure prediction and evaluation computer toolkit
  • Hybrid valve technology for liquid handling and dual-manifold system for arraying molecules

The holography award recognizes a major breakthrough in imaging technology produced at ORNL that allows for high-speed and high-sensitivity detection of defects in semiconductor device structures. ORNL researchers working on the project are Phillip Bingham, Larry Baylor, Matt Chidley, Jim Goddard, Jim Hardy, Greg Hanson, Kathy Hylton, Jeff Price, Dave Rasmussen, Chuck Schaich, John Simpson, Ken Tobin and John Turner.

The protein structure award is presented for ORNL's research efforts into utilizing computational measurements to determine the structure and biological function of proteins. The research is being conducted by Yinng Xu and Dong Xu of ORNL's Life Sciences Division.

The hybrid valve tech award recognizes ORNL's development of a system to dispense of very small amounts of fluid in a controllable manner. It has applications in pharmaceutical research, genomics and protein research. The work has been conducted by Mitch Doktycz of ORNL's Life Sciences Division.

ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.