2016 R&D 100 Awards Finalists for Mechanical Devices, Materials Highlight R&D Advances

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Sept. 9, 2016, 3:10 p.m.

Much like amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, materials are the building blocks of the past, present and future. Metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, gels, crystals—the list is limitless. These materials are all crucial to the scientific industry as they often become the basis for consumer products. Advances in materials development made in the laboratory have a direct impact on the everyday lives of those living and working outside the lab. The same is true of mechanical systems—innovations in materials, computing and automation provide the basis for sophisticated machinery that is utilized worldwide on a daily basis. The editors of R&D Magazine and the R&D 100 Awards Committee recently announced the Finalists for the Mechanical Devices/Materials category, which showcases the advancements made in the past year in this area. A detailed list of the entire 2016 R&D 100 Awards Finalists group can be found here. The products named as the 2016 R&D 100 Awards Finalists in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category—being recognized for their past, present or future impact—are listed here. The 54th R&D 100 Awards honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s R&D 100 Award Winners will be announced and presented with their awards at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, D.C.). The R&D 100 Awards Finalists for Mechanical Devices/Materials were selected by an independent panel of judges and represent many of industry’s leading R&D companies and national laboratories, as well as many newcomers to the R&D 100 Awards. Often referred to as the “Oscars of Invention,” the R&D 100 Awards honorees will be recognized for exemplary accomplishments from across five categories: Analytical/Test, IT/Electrical, Mechanical Devices/Materials, Process/Prototyping, and Software/Services. For the second year, the R&D 100 Awards Committee will also honor excellence in four new special recognition categories – Market Disruptor Services, Market Disruptor Products, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Green Tech. In addition to the awards gala, this year’s event has been expanded to include the R&D 100 Conference, Nov. 2-4, featuring an impressive line-up of educational sessions and networking opportunities. The conference’s theme is “R&D Strategy, Innovation and Leadership.” “We’ve included an important track on Advanced Materials and Emerging Technologies, which offers a unique educational and networking opportunity for R&D professionals,” said Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director of R&D Magazine and the R&D 100 Awards. Linda Sapochak, Division Director for the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation, will present “A Material World: Exciting Advances and Implications for the Future,” which will focus on the opportunities and challenges of materials research and the implications for society, the environment and the economy. The conference will open on Nov. 2 with a Keynote by Rosemarie Truman, CEO & founder of The Center for Advancing Innovation, who will present “Valuable Federal Inventions: Moon Shot Unicorns Waiting to Be Tapped!” The Keynote on Nov. 3 will be given by Stephen Shapiro, Hall of Fame speaker & best-selling author, who will present “Innovate the Way You Innovate!” For more information on the R&D 100 Conference click here. About the R&D 100 Awards Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program has identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. The R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics spanning industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.