2002 Vol. 11 No. 1
competition to accelerate technology transfer
The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne
National Laboratory will host a Technology Demonstration
Day January 29, 2002 to open a venture development competition
for university students.
The competition, open to teams of students
from universities nationwide, asks the students to develop
plans to commercialize one of the new technologies being
researched at Argonne.
On January 29, the students will hear
presentations by four innovative Argonne scientists
who have made recent scientific discoveries in advanced
materials, energy storage, lasers and optics, and nanotechnology.
The students will then select one of the technologies
to create a development plan.
scientists and their research areas are:
George Fenske, advanced materials, including a super-slick
and very strong coating for metals and plastics;
John Hull, energy storage, including several innovative
techniques for holding excess energy for later use without
Mike Pellin, lasers and optics, including a new technique
for trace analysis of samples no larger than a micron
- much smaller than the period at the end of a sentence;
Jeff Eastman, nanotechnology, including a new technology
for adding tiny spherical particles to a conventional
fluid that improves its ability to transfer heat by
40 percent (nanofluids, thermal properties of nanocrystalline
Student teams composed of either undergraduate
or graduate level academic programs in science, technology,
or entrepreneurship will be encouraged to participate
in the competition. To qualify, each team must prepare
and submit an official "Technology Application Plan,"
developed by Jerome M. Juska, president of Technology
Transformations, Inc., sponsor of this academic program.
Project entries will be evaluated by Argonne
scientists and a group of venture formation experts;
semifinalists will be invited for a final presentation
on May 1, 2002.
Don Joyce, deputy to the director at Argonne,
said, "As worldwide leaders in advanced scientific research,
it is most appropriate that we engage in projects which
enable students to benefit from our knowledge and expand
their own visions of technology based on the foundations
that Argonne has created."
Registration is required for both the
Technology Demonstration Day and involvement with the
competition. Additional information and details are
available by clicking the "University contest" link
on the Argonne home page at www.anl.gov, or go directly
to the contest Web site at projects.dep.anl.gov/.
The nation's first national laboratory,
Argonne National Laboratory conducts basic and applied
scientific research across a wide spectrum of disciplines,
ranging from high-energy physics to climatology and
biotechnology. Since 1990, Argonne has worked with more
than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies and
other organizations to help advance America's scientific
leadership and prepare the nation for the future. Argonne
is operated by the University of Chicago as part of
the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratory
For more information, please contact
Catherine Foster at Argonne National Laboratory. Source:
Argonne National Laboratory.