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BNNT Named 2016 Government Invention of the Year

BNNT Named 2016 Government Invention of the Year

“Boron Nitride Nanotubes” Awarded Government Invention of the Year

The Office of the General Counsel announced that the National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab collaborative invention of “Boron Nitride Nanotubes” (BNNT) was named the winner of the Government Invention of the Year for 2016. The invention includes a new approach to synthesizing high quality BNNTs without a metal catalyst applying a high pressure and temperature method. The boron nitride nanotubes produced from this process are lightweight, stable, and exhibit high strength. This breakthrough discovery, producing high quality BNNTs without any catalyst at a scalable amount, is the first since BNNT synthesis was reported in 1994. BNNT is a heat resistant material that can be used at high service temperatures and for radiation shielding.

For more information about BNNT and this award, visit:  http://techgatewire.larc.nasa.gov/2016/06/14/langley-wins-nasa-government-invention-of-the-year-award/

To view the NASA press release:  http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/langley/nasa-langley-wins-invention-of-the-year-award/

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