Jayan Thomas gets an America’s Oscar of Inventions award for his research into electrical cables that can store and transmit energy

R&D Magazine recognized UCF and Jayan Thomas for America’s “Oscars of Invention” award, the prestigious R&D 100 Awards have a 50+ year history of honoring excellence in technology innovations.   

Jayan Thomas

The award, which identifies and celebrates the top technology products of the year, highlighted the work of UCF associate professor Thomas, NanoScience Technology Center, CREOL, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, for his development of energy transmitting and storing copper wire, reported by UCF edu.  

An Inspiration for the technology came to Thomas more than a year ago when he discovered some stray cables lying about while on a walk one evening. He had taken a stroll to ponder the subject of energy storage and in a burst of inspiration, a novel thought occurred to him- Cables transmit energy, but why can’t they also store it?  

Rob Bernath, business development manager at the UCF Office of Technology Transfer, and Jayan Thomas, UCF researcher (Image credit:   Interest in Thomas’ innovative research into electrical cables that can store and transmit energy—and the nanowhiskers that form the foundation of this capability—has been gaining momentum at the national level.

The technology has been featured by numerous media outlets and earned finalist status also for the 2014 World Technology Network Awards  

UCF researcher Jayan Thomas (Image credit: Manorama Online)  

The magazine chooses 100 inventions that made it to the headlines in the last year. The magazine honored Thomas for his innovative research into electrical cables that can store and transmit energy.  

Two-minute video from Inside Science TV illustrating this groundbreaking technology.   

“Thomas and his researchers, including UCF graduate student Zenan Yu, focused on the core of the copper wire. They found that growing billions of nanowhiskers on the surface of the core, multiplies the total area and turns the wire into a dual-purpose (transmitting and storing) cable,” the University of Central Florida website said.   

Thomas, who received the Career Award of the National Science Foundation and the Excellence in Research Award from the University of Central Florida last year, is the son of P C Thomas and Kunjamma of Vazhoor in Kottayam district, reported by Manorama Online


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