Brookhaven National Lab

Energy from floating ceramic nanomats? Yessir

Using ceramic nanomaterials to produce energy is a million-dollar idea, according to the National Science Foundation. Well, a $935,056 idea, anyway. That’s the size of the NSF grant just awarded a joint Stony Brook University/Brookhaven National Laboratory effort to produce a commercially viable, nano-manufactured “photocatalytic blanket.” A photocatalyst is a substance that encourages light-driven chemical reactions without itself being altered, such as chlorophyll in the photosynthesis process. Led by Pelagia Gouma, a professor in the university’s…


Biamonte bringing BNL data tech to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // The CEO of Green Sulfcrete, an environmentally friendly concrete alternative, is looking to cement himself in the big-data industry. Through Startup America – a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation – Green Sulfcrete CEO William Biamonte has paid “a couple grand” for the option to license a proprietary Brookhaven National Laboratory technology developed to move massive amounts of data pouring out of the lab’s…


Bioscience Hub readies $8.4M funding effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Bioscience Hub has announced plans to award $8.4 million in grants to local startups bringing bio-medical breakthroughs to market. The hub is a coalition led by the state’s Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University and includes SBU, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Lab. It was launched in April with a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the group has added…


BNL magnet

At BNL, the force is with them

Brookhaven National Lab researchers have been kicking the tires on a 40,000-pound superconducting magnet – basically an elephant-sized MRI – that will be used to look at shattered atoms that mirror the earliest conditions of the universe. Kicking the tires? Well, yes, since the magnet is pre-owned, as they say in the car business, once used at Stanford’s linear accelerator program in Menlo Park, Calif. Brookhaven Lab physicists hope to use the magnet to upgrade…


BNL Battery research

SBU, Brookhaven Lab scientists charging towards the future

BY GREGORY ZELLER Good news for the future of Long Island’s innovation economy: Batteries are included. Supercharged by a $10 million research grant and wielding next-level tools that provide unprecedented glimpses into the innards of energy storage, scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are collaborating on high-tech, high-stakes efforts to redefine batteries as we know them. They’re not alone. Researchers from across Long Island and around the globe are involved, as is…


ALI director Mark lesko

Accelerate releases startups report

Accelerate Long Island released its much-anticipated technology startups report this week, taking the first comprehensive look at the region’s emerging innovation economy. Regional economic development officials have long supported technology as the anchor of a post-defense Long Island economy, but the effort has never fully taken hold. Now, with the Regional Economic  Development Council at the fore, and with such new programs as the state’s Start-Up NY effort, the dream of a future Tech Island…