Rep. Slaughter Congratulates Rochester-based Sydor Instruments on Federal Grant. $150,000 grant will fund cutting-edge detection camera.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that Rochester-based Sydor Instruments, LLC (Sydor) has been awarded a $150,000 STTR Phase One grant. The grant will be used to fund development of a SpectroCCD X-Ray Camera for Energy Dispersive Spectrometers. Sydor’s work to develop the camera will dovetail with the opening of the new NSLS II material accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory and will allow scientists there to investigate the interactions of materials at the atomic scale. The development of this ultra small pixel pitch CCD will allow the full power of the accelerator to be tapped.
“I strongly supported Sydor’s application because I know that their engineers are the best-trained in the business, and the potential for this technology is enormous,” said Slaughter. “Improved X-ray detection will lead to advances in key U.S. high tech industries such as thin films and energy storage devices. I look forward to Sydor’s continuing contributions in this field.”
“We are very pleased with being awarded this STTR Phase One grant for our SpectroCCD X-ray Camera and would like to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her strong support of Sydor Instruments throughout the grant process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the significance of the technology. The STTR award will enable the commercial engineering needed to transition the concepts demonstrated at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to the point that commercial detectors can be produced and made available to a broad community of researchers in order to support fundamental energy science. Sydor Instruments, in collaboration with LBNL, will produce a novel direct-detection, soft x-ray imaging camera with 5 to 10 times better spatial resolution than the current state-of-the-art. This will translate to faster and more accurate data collection in applications where data accuracy is paramount, ” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.