Argonne National Laboratory

Two Argonne researchers honored with Federal Laboratory Consortium award

July 20, 2016

Two Argonne researchers were honored recently with an Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC's) Midwest Region.

Applications Scientist Xing Chen (Energy Systems) and Andreas Roelofs, director of Nano Design Works (NDW), were recognized for their efforts to work with Qorvo, Inc., to utilize magnetic nanomaterials in microwave devices.

NDW helped to establish a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to help Qorvo integrate Argonne-developed magnetic nanofiber composite material and device designs into a new generation of monolithic microwave integrated circuit technologies. The nanofiber technology will allow Qorvo to create radio frequency (RF) devices that are much smaller than comparable products and will have faster communications capabilities.

"This was an excellent demonstration of how NDW can help to facilitate the transfer to industry of novel discoveries made by Argonne's outstanding researchers," Roelofs said. "We are honored to be recognized by FLC and excited to see what the future holds for commercialization at the laboratory."

Chen and his team developed a process to produce the magnetic nanofibers that are as small as 10 nanometers in diameter and a few micrometers long. The magnetic properties of the nanofibers allow them to be manipulated and deposited precisely to form materials with novel properties.

The materials hold promise for improved magnets for electric motors and better antennas for cellular phones, as well as water filtration and medical applications.

"It was great to work with Qorvo to see our research integrated into new products," Chen said. "We are excited to explore all the ways these new materials can be used by industry."

Qorvo, headquartered in Greensboro, NC, is a provider of RF solutions used in wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications.

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