newsR&D Magazine has been around since 1959, reaching out to research scientists, engineers, and technical staff members at laboratories around the world.  R&D Magazine aims to broaden readers’ knowledge of the research and development industry and improve the quality of their work.  Reading about the type of work honored by the magazine may be a way for recruiters to learn about what jobs are hot in technological industries.

Every year the magazine recognizes the achievements of scientists who have made technological advances that they introduced during the previous year into commercial markets.  This year, the U.S. Department of Energy researchers won 36 of the 100 awards given out this year.

“I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners.  The Department of Energy’s national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  “The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and enhance our economic competitiveness.”

An example of the type of achievements noted in this magazine is the work done at the Savannah River Laboratory.  They have created porous, walled, hollow glass microspheres designed to hold and release gases and other materials.  Because they provide a protective environment for their contents, they can be used to hold reactive or flammable absorbents or stored materials, including solids, liquids or gases. This has the potential to provide a safe method of handling, storing or transporting a variety of difficult materials.

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