Wadley named 2004 inventor of the
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has generated 25 patents, both issued and pending, for
innovative materials with applications
in the defense and transportation industries.
By Charlotte Crystal
The U.Va. Patent
Foundation has named materials scientist Haydn N. Wadley the 2004 Edlich-Henderson
Inventor of the Year. The award, which includes a check for $10,000, was bestowed
17 at a dinner in Wadley’s honor.
Wadley was recognized for his path-breaking research, which has led to 25 patents
(both issued and pending) for innovative materials with applications in the defense
and transportation industries, and for his entrepreneurial spirit.
“Haydn is a good example of a 21st-century university scientist who maintains
his intense focus on fundamental research, while appreciating the practical importance
of the technology he is developing,” said Robert S. MacWright, executive
director of the foundation. “His work has the potential to make significant
contributions both to the U.S. economy and to our national defense.”
One set of Wadley’s inventions relates to a new method of applying metal
and ceramic coatings to metal surfaces, to protect industrial equipment against
wear, corrosion and heat. James Groves, assistant professor in the Department
of Materials Science, is the co-inventor. Another set of inventions involves
the development of new metallic structures that offer various combinations of
attributes, such as strength, lighter weight, heat and cold exchange, and blast
or impact absorption.
Two new companies have been built around Wadley’s research findings: Directed
Vapor Technologies International, which is developing the industrial coatings,
and Cellular Materials International, which is developing the metallic structures.