Jeff Brinker is the winner of the 2002 Lawrence Award in the Category "Materials Research"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today named the seven winners of the E.O. Lawrence Award. Each winner will receive a gold medal, a citation and $25,000. The award is given for outstanding contributions in the field of atomic energy, which today has influenced many fields of science such as environmental research, materials science and nuclear medicine that were in their infancy in 1960 when the first Lawrence Award was given.
"We are all enriched by the contributions these researchers have made ranging from understanding the genetic code to measuring the expansion of the universe itself," Secretary Abraham said.
Brinker, a chemist, will receive the award in the MATERIALS RESEARCH category for his innovations in sol-gel chemistry to create nanostructured materials that have applications to energy, manufacturing, defense and medicine. Brinker is a senior scientist at Sandia Labs, professor of chemistry and chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico and co-director of the University's Center for Micro-Engineered Materials.
The Lawrence Award was established in 1959 to honor the memory of the late
Dr. Ernest Orlando Lawrence who invented the cyclotron (a particle accelerator)
and after whom two major Energy Department laboratories in Berkeley and
Livermore, Calif., are named. The award is given in seven categories for
outstanding contributions in the field of atomic energy, broadly defined. The
Lawrence Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on