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BOOSTING
PARTNERSHIPS

u.s. department of energy invests $1.2 million to advance national lab
collaboration with manufacturing leaders.
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The U.S. Department of Energy is upping its commitment to a
new program that seeks to advance collaborative research and development focused on improving manufacturing processes.
In September, the federal agency, based in Washington, D.C.,
pledged $1.2 million to three national laboratories as part of
the second cohort of the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program. The program, which began in December 2015, partners a
senior technologist from a national laboratory with an industry professional from a clean energy manufacturing company
or consortium of companies.
The three laboratories and private sector pairs chosen to receive the funding are Argonne National Laboratory and Kyma
Technologies, Idaho National Laboratory and DuPont and Oak
Ridge National Laboratory and Pioneer Natural Resources.
Each pair will focus on a different set of research. Argonne
and Kyma's partnership will cover the development of advanced semiconductor devices for use in advanced power electronics, optoelectronics, solid-state lighting and photovoltaics. From there, researches will investigate the manufacturing
of ultrahigh-quality, bulk, single-crystal materials for semiconductor devices.
Idaho National Laboratory and DuPont will initially focus
on biofuel production and opportunities to optimize an integrated ethanol cellulosic technology pathway from feedstocks
through bioconversion. The technologists and the national
laboratory and DuPoint will work to streamline engagement
across the national lab complex, break down barriers in working with the national labs and increase collaborative research
and development between national labs and DuPont.
Meanwhile, Oak Ridge and Pioneer Natural Resources plan

to concentrate on the areas of advanced materials and coatings, smart parts and sensors, advanced material design and
additive manufacturing.
The three new partnerships are in addition to the seven
industry-lab pairs that were announced when the program
kicked off late last year. At that time, companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Hewlett Packard and Cummins were selected to
undertake advanced research in clean energy manufacturing
and establish mechanisms to help interested companies more
easily leverage the national lab network in the future.
The TIR program is designed to increase industry engagement by capitalizing on the U.S. Department of Energy's 17
national laboratories' history of industry partnerships and
commercial impact, while bridging the gap between the private
sector and national laboratories. Through the initiative, the
U.S. Department of Energy and its industry partners can better
understand and tackle their most important problems by utilizing the capabilities of the national labs.
"When we work together, we're greater than the sum of our
parts, and collaborative lab-industry partnerships will bring us
one step closer to seizing the enormous clean energy manufacturing and jobs opportunity that stands before us as a nation,"
the Department of Energy says.
Applications for the TIR program are accepted and evaluated
on a rolling basis. Companies interested in participating in the
program may apply through the U.S. Department of Energy's
website, www.energy.gov. mt
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