HRL Recognized at RadTech 2012 for UV Process to Develop the World's Lightest Material
MALIBU, CA., April 9, 2012—HRL Laboratories, LLC, will be recognized during RadTech 2012 for its innovative UV process to architect microlattice materials. This process is the foundational technology that enabled development of the world’s lightest material, recently reported in the November 18, 2011 issue of Science.
RadTech, the nonprofit trade association for ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies, recognizes companies that make significant breakthroughs using UV- and EB-enabled processes in manufacturing and research and development. RadTech 2012 takes place April 30-May 2, 2012, in Chicago.
The unique UV photopolymerization process originally developed by HRL senior scientist Alan Jacobsen is a new paradigm for designing and fabricating microlattice materials in a rapid, scalable fashion. The utility of these new materials ranges from lightweight energy-absorbing structures to thermal-management materials. By utilizing a specifically designed photopolymer microlattice architecture as a template, HRL researchers have developed the lowest density (0.9 mg/cc) material ever created—approximately one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam™.
Jacobsen will accept the Emerging 2012 Technology Award on behalf of HRL and also give a keynote address about the invention at the conference.
HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, California (www.hrl.com) is a corporate research-and-development laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors specializing in research into sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics. HRL provides custom research and development and performs additional R&D contract services for its LLC member companies, the U.S. government, and other commercial companies.
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