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Alumni Win Prestigious Award for Hydrogen Detection Product

From left, Martha Williams, Trent Smith and Nahid Mohajeri, all Florida Tech alumni who won the R&D 100 Award.

Three Florida Tech alumni who worked under University Professor Gordon Nelson in the College of Science’s Polymer Laboratory were part of a team that won one of R&D Magazine’s prestigious R&D 100 Awards for a hydrogen detection product they helped develop.

Nahid Mohajeri, now associate research professor in Solar Technologies Research at University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center, Trent Smith of the Kennedy Space Center Utilization and Life Sciences Division of International Space Station Ground Processing, and Martha Williams of KSC’s Materials Sciences Division helped develop a tape featuring what NASA described as a “chemochromic sensor” that indicates the presence of hydrogen by changing color.

The invention was “a critical safety technology for the Space Shuttle Program,” NASA noted, while now being used primarily in oil and gas production industries.

Known as the “Oscars of Invention,” the R&D 100 has been presented by R&D Magazine since 1963.

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