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Mass. company gets seven energy contracts

WATERTOWN, Mass., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Radiation Monitoring Devices Inc. of Massachusetts has received $6.2 million in awards to develop state of the art nuclear sensors and instruments.

The seven Small Business Innovation Research II contracts are from the U.S. Department of Energy and range from $750,000 to $1 million each.

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Three of the awards are from the Energy Department's Office of Biological and Environmental Research for developing high-resolution imaging detectors for the next generation of nuclear medicine research and medical diagnostic equipment.

The radiation detector technologies being developed could have a major impact in nuclear weapons detection for homeland defense, Dynasil Corporation of America, RMD's parent company, said.

Four awards provided by the department's Office of Basic Energy Sciences will fund RMD's research on sensor technologies to support the research efforts of scientists working at the Department of Energy's National Laboratories in materials science, nuclear physics and high energy physics. Among the projects: "development of next-generation sensors for nanoscale microscopy, as well as new detectors based on nano-particles for ultra-fast high performance X-ray detectors," Dynasil said.

"We are pleased with these awards and with our continued progress in advancing our cutting edge sensor and detector technologies," said Dynasil Chief Executive Officer Craig T. Dunham. "We're especially pleased that the work aligns well and leverages our state-of-the-art discoveries with our development capabilities, to deliver compelling new commercial products for nuclear and X-ray detection for Homeland Security and medical imaging applications."

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