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Sandia Snares Four Tech Awards

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Sandia National Laboratories has won four awards for its efforts to commercialize technologies, including one that helped decontaminate radioactive water at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium’s regional awards recognized Sandia’s work with crystalline silico-titanates, biomimetic membranes, the i-Gate Innovation Hub and DAKOTA software.

“It is always gratifying when the Federal Laboratory Consortium shines a light on the amazing work that is taking place,” Jackie Kerby Moore, Sandia’s representative to the FLC, said in a news release.

A Honeywell company working with Sandia’s crystalline silico-titanates technology successfully treated more than 40 million gallons of contaminated water at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Sandia said.

The Excellence in Technology Transfer award went to people involved its development and commercialization – Bianca Thayer, Mark Rigali and Tina Nenoff.

Crystalline silico-titanates are molecularly engineered ion exchangers that can remove high-level radioactive contaminants such as cesium from wastewater.

The Notable Technology Development award went to Susan Rempe and her team’s work with biometric membranes for water filtration that can increase access to clean water by dramatically reducing energy use and costs.

The Outstanding Partnership award recognized the i-GATE regional public-private partnership in California, an organization that supports small businesses and helps maximize the economic potential of clean-energy technologies.

The fourth FLC award, an honorable mention for Notable Technology Development, went to Sandia’s Design Analysis Kit for Optimization and Terascale Applications (DAKOTA) software that helps researchers assess the accuracy of computational simulations used to solve problems.

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