Published on Wednesday July 22, 2009
Drexel University and Y-Carbon Inc., the company founded by Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi, Dr. Gleb Yushin (currently with Georgia Tech) and Dr. Ranjan Dash to develop and commercialize nanoporous carbon processing technology, have received a 2009 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine.
"Since 1963," according to the R&D Magazine press release, "the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans. These include the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the printer (1986), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm antismoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998)."
Y-Carbon's entry, "Tunable Nanoporous Carbon," describes a simple and scalable carbon manufacturing process which allows the synthesis of tunable nanoporous carbide-derived carbon, in which pore size can be tuned between 0.5 and 2.2 nanometers with sub-Ångström accuracy, and up to 30 nm with nanometer accuracy. The technology is highly versatile and can produce carbon with surface area up to 3,500 m2/g, leading to dramatic advances in electrical energy and gas storage, sepsis and poisoning treatment and water filtration and desalination. This technology was recognized in the Process Sciences category.
Current and former Drexel students and post-docs who significantly contributed to the development of this technology include Dr. John Chimola, Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, Dr. Cristelle Portet, Dr. Sebastian Osswald, Dr. Sun-Hwa Yeon, Sauji Yachamaneni, Thanut Jintakosol, Elizabeth Dreher, Min Heon, and Taha Demirkan. Collaboration with research groups of Prof. Michel Barsoum, Prof. Richard Rest, Prof. Richard Hamilton (all at Drexel), Prof. John E. Fischer (University of Pennsylvania), Prof. Patrice Simon (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France) and Prof. Sergey Mikhalovsky (Brighton University, UK) helped Prof. Gogotsi to explore many exciting applications of carbide-derived carbons. The nanoporous carbon research at Drexel University was supported by the US Department of Energy (BES and EERE programs), and Arkema (France).
This is the second R&D 100 Award for Prof. Gogotsi and for Drexel University. He received the award in 2003 along with colleagues from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.
To read more about Y-Carbon, please visit www.y-carbon.us.
To read more about the R&D 100 Awards, please visit www.rdmag.com.
News about this award has received press in Keystone Edge.