Fermilab takes a holistic approach to partnerships and technology transfer. Within the laboratory’s larger scientific missions to advance the basic understanding of particle physics and widely disseminate that knowledge, Fermilab helps drive the development of new technologies and new industries as a customer, a supplier, a collaborator, and a facilitator.
The mission of the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer (OPTT) is to transfer technologies developed at Fermilab to private sector partners in order to enhance the nation’s economic competitiveness. We strive to seamlessly and efficiently enable the formation of high-impact partnerships with industry, academia, and other institutions that support the global and scientific missions of the laboratory.
During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Fermilab scientist Arden Warner began experimenting with removing oil from water. He found that electromagnets and magnetite can be an efficient solution. Warner shared his idea with OPTT, and the first patent was issued in 2014. Read more.
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