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With Help from EED, PNNL Earns 74th R&D 100 Award

May 2008
EED Glen Fryxell and Shari Li were part of the team of scientists recently honored with an R&D 100 Award for the development of Functionalized Nanoporous Thin Films. Known in the scientific community as the “Oscars of Invention,” the annual R&D 100 Awards are given to the 100 most innovative scientific and technical breakthroughs of the past year. The Functionalized Nanoporous Thin Films (FNTF) technology expands and enhances sampling and testing capabilities, resulting in the ability to test water for virtually every heavy metal with potential to negatively affect human health or the environment. FNTF are used to coat sampling discs that then can be used to easily capture and concentrate heavy metal contaminants in water sources. The FNTF sampling discs then can be quickly analyzed with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to detect the presence of toxic metals. Congratulations to the entire team who made this award possible!

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