Dynasil Corporation of America's contract research unit RMD has secured grants of $1.86m under the US Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programmes.

RMD secured two Phase II grants of approximately $1m each for Eddy current technology and ultra-pure scintillators.

SBIR/STTR Phase II DOE programme represents funding for the key R&D effort, with awards up to $1m over a period of two years.

Dynasil CEO and president Peter Sulick said: "RMD continues to be recognised as providing world-class research in the areas of scintillation and nondestructive testing technologies.

"Funding will be used to develop ultra-pure scintillators to enable dark matter studies to determine how galaxies were formed."

"These awards underscore RMD's pivotal role in applying material science and nondestructive technologies to new detection and analysis methods for high-energy physics research, and the detection of defects in concrete structures in nuclear power plants."

The grant for Eddy current technology will help in further development of RMD's magnetic solid-state sensor arrays for inspecting nuclear power plant infrastructure.

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RMD's technology will offer more enhanced capabilities than are currently available for detecting defects in components encased in concrete.

Funding will be used to develop ultra-pure scintillators to enable dark matter studies to determine how the galaxies were formed and whether or not the universe will expand forever.

RMD president Kanai Shah said: "From the development of imaging devices designed to 'see' through the walls of nuclear power plant concrete structures to gamma-ray detectors that enable the next generation of dark matter studies, the Phase II research projects we are embarking on through these SBIR/STTR programmes embody some of the world's most pressing high-energy physics and energy production research needs."

"Dynasil is proud to partner with the Department of Energy on these initiatives."