2011 Winners

Canary publication snapshot 2011

Biomimetic membranes for water purification
Selective, high-flux desalination membranes based on self-assembled nanopores were tuned with atomic-layer deposition to mimic the structures of natural membrane-bound biological channels.
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Micro Power Source publication snapshot 2011

Microresonator filters and frequency references
Our miniature acoustic resonators perform RF filtering and frequency synthesis in next-generation wireless devices — offering higher performance in a smaller package with a lower price.
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Multifunctional Optical Coatings publication snapshot 2011

Ultra-high-voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristor
This DOE Energy Storage Systems project, managed by Sandia in partnership with GeneSiC Semiconductor Inc., and the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), has developed an ultra-high-voltage silicon carbide thyristor. The semiconductor device allows next-generation "smart grid" power electronics system to be built up to 10 times smaller and lighter than current silicon-based technologies. These packaged-power devices are the world’s first commercially available, high-voltage, high-frequency, high-current, high-temperature, single-chip SiC-based thyristors. Their performance advantages are expected to spur innovations in utility-scale power electronics hardware and to increase the accessibility and use of distributed energy resources.
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