technology transfer

What began as an experiment in a nine-ounce cup of water has been developed into a full-scale technology that recently became a finalist for a 2019 R&D 100 Award. Achieving the honor was E-MOP™ — electromagnetic oil spill remediation technology — developed from patents owned by Fermilab. The technology uses materials that are environmentally safe, reusable and natural.

For the first time, a team at Fermilab has cooled and operated a superconducting radio-frequency cavity — a crucial component of superconducting particle accelerators — using cryogenic refrigerators, breaking the tradition of cooling cavities by immersing them in a bath of liquid helium. The demonstration is a major breakthrough in the effort to develop lean, compact accelerators for medicine, the environment and industry.

Engineers at Fermilab have shown that sometimes, to reshape the metal heart of a particle accelerator, what you need is a balloon. The new, patented technique is a novel solution to a problem that affects an essential component of accelerators: superconducting cavities.

Have you been looking for a way to spruce up your office with some fetching Fermilab art? We may have what you’re looking for. The DOE Office of Technology Transitions has just published a new series of posters that capture success stories from all 17 Department of Energy national laboratories. The Fermilab poster features the lab’s role in advancing the superconducting wire industry. The original art, nostalgic in flavor, features the Tevatron and Wilson Hall.

Aaron Sauers is a bridge between Fermilab and industry. In this 5-minute video, he talks about what means to be Fermilab’s patent and licensing executive. Sauers with the lab’s inventors to find ways that their innovations can help tackle problems and improve our everyday lives. By exploring areas of common interest between the lab and private companies, universities and other labs, he identifies R&D that benefits everyone. For Sauers, finding new uses for lab-developed technologies is the fun puzzle he gets to solve.