b'Regional Technology Transfer Success HighlightsTechnology advancements often result in profound societal benefit when commercialized . Technology Deployment works with entrepreneurs, startups and innovative companies to turn INLs innovations to products and services that improve lives . Advanced Ceramic Fibers Located in the Idaho Innovation Center in Idaho Falls, Advanced Ceramic Fibers (ACF) dates back to 2012, when Dr . John Garnier retired from INL . Garnier wanted to commercialize his patents for the direct conversion process that converts carbon materialssuch as fibers, foams and particlesinto metallic carbides for use in many composite applications . ACF received Small Business Innovation Research Phase I and Phase II grants in 2014 and 2016, respectively, and now employs seven people . Rocky Mountain Scientific Rocky Mountain Scientific, an Idaho Falls company, has partnered with INL on a technology to address toxic blue-green algae blooms, a rapidly growing environmental crisis affecting bodies of fresh water around the world, caused largely by phosphate runoff from agriculture and other human activities . The phosphate sponge combines RMS phosphate-attracting powder with an INL pellet binding process to clean phosphates almost completely out of water . Phosphates can be recycled as fertilizer feedstock and the beads can be used hundreds of times . NitrocisionNitrocisions roots extend back to 1990, when scientists at INL needed a technology to cut open storage tanks containing radioactive material that would not ignite the material inside or create a secondary waste stream . Research turned to the potential for compressed gas, specifically liquid nitrogen, as a cutting agent . With DOE support, several Idaho-based investors sought to commercialize the technologyNitroJet, an ultra-high-pressure liquid nitrogen cutting technology, hit the market in 2003 .NanoSteelNanoSteel, a company that spun out in 2002, has since engaged in equity ventures with General Motors and licensed its metallic coatings portfolio to Lincoln Electric, a global manufacturer of welding products and systems . The company was founded by Dan Branagan, an INL researcher who led a team in the mid-1990s in the development of Super Hard Steel . When he left the lab, Branagan, now NanoSteels chief technical officer, took the processes and patents he developed at the lab and offered them for licensing to industry . The companys products are used in oil and gas exploration, mining, power generation, and cement and concrete, and it develops metal powders for 3D printers .Steve Hammon of Rocky Mountain Scientific.15'