What do better batteries, reducing fuel consumption, improved cancer treatment, and making metals corrosion and heat resistant have to do with nonproliferation? NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security promotes innovative solutions to global, regional and national security challenges, while at the same time advancing science best practices and applying cutting-edge science to support security policy priorities. NIS supports collaborative R&D projects that draw on expertise from both industry and U.S. national labs.
Recent projects include:
- The Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology in Ukraine, in partnership with Brookhaven National Lab and GM, developed thermal management systems for Lithium-Ion batteries, extending battery life and output in mobile devices and electric cars.
- The Russian Institute of High Current Electronics, in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Leonardo Technologies Inc., developed a highly efficient plasma-torch combustion systemreducing fuel consumption and combustion pollutants.
- The Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT) in Ukraine, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Alphamed Inc., developed a new method for the production of radioisotope copper-67, allowing it to be produced at a scale and proximity useful to U.S. hospitals and cancer treatment centers.
- The Sukhumi Institute of Physics in the Republic of Georgia recently completed a project with DOE’sKansas City Plant to develop an aluminum-based corrosion and heat resistant coating for various metals. Currently, most corrosion-proofing methods require increasingly scarce minerals like zinc, nickel and chromium, making abundant aluminum a financially and strategically preferable choice.
Additional project information: http://nnsa.energy.gov/content/greenweek2011
About the photo: Plasma-torch combustion system at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Posted on November 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm ET