Chemical-sensing technology granted 'R&D Magazine' 100 Award

Y-12 National Security Complex | Courtesy of the Department of Energy
Chemical-sensing technology, developed by Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), researchers at the Y-12 National Security Complex (NSC) in collaboration with researchers from the University of Tennessee, earned an R&D Magazine 100 Award this week.

The technology, Chemical Identification by Magneto-Elastic Sensing (ChIMES) is capable of detecting a large spectrum of biological and chemical agents and materials associated with narcotics and explosives. The development period for ChIMES took three years between all three partners.

The R&D Magazine 100 Award recognizes excellence in research, development and innovation in technology and products that are ready for market and operational.

"The receipt of this award is truly an honor and a way to show everyone, from the taxpayers to the research community, the broad-ranging, world-class expertise that exists within CNS,” CNS Technology Transfer Manager Jeremy Benton said. “The far-reaching applications of this technology demonstrates how the CNS expertise was magnified and enhanced through our partnership with University of Tennessee. It also demonstrates how that expertise is magnified and brought into a technology with far-reaching applications through our partnership with the University of Tennessee."

According to CNS, partnerships between the private, public and academic sectors are crucial for the nuclear industry.

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