Every day, thousands of federal researchers, scientists, and their industry partners are hard at work on innovations that will one day be transferred from the laboratory in order to provide an economic return on our nation’s investment in federal R&D. From advancements in medicine to improvements in national security, or breakthroughs in energy production and conservation, federal R&D enhances the everyday lives of Americans while advancing our nation's socioeconomic position in the global marketplace. Transferring federal laboratories’ innovations from the theoretical to the practical is no small feat, which is why the FLC is eager to promote every successful technology commercialization that goes from lab to market. As a testament to the hard work and dedication that federal laboratory personnel and their partners conduct daily, the following stories describe the R&D, trials, and technology transfer successes that have taken place throughout the Region and across the nation.

Flow-through electrode capacitive desalination (FTECD) uses hierarchical porous carbon in a device where a stream passes through the electrodes, resulting in saltremoval rate improvements. In this rendering, saltwater enters the carbon aerogel electrodes (left) leaving behind sodium (green dots) and chloride (blue dots) ions. Clean water exits on the right. Photo rendering by: Kwei-Yu Chu

Russian River Watershed

The Russian River watershed encompasses Lake Mendocino, where initial research in flood control, water supply and recreational needs was conducted under the FIRO project. Photo courtesy of NOAA.


A 3-D model resulting from combined aerial photography and handheld lidar is loaded with vital metadata, thus becoming a “digital twin” available to engineers and maintenance personnel, which facilitates the shift from analog to digital engineering. Photos courtesy of Aerial Alchemy

Quantum dot technology developed by nanoscientists at LBNL and licensed by Nanosys, Inc. yields energy efficient yet bright, vibrant displays in the growing field of smartphones, HDTVs, laptops and tablet computers. Images courtesy of Nanosys, Inc.

Comparison of simulated liquid nickel breakup by argon atomization gas (a) and experimental liquid nickel gas atomization spray high speed video frame (b).