Characterization, Monitoring, and Sensor Technologies - Teaming with DOE to Develop, Transfer, and Deploy Technologies


Ames Laboratory scientists are contributing their expertise to assist DOE Headquarters to develop and transfer new technologies needed to solve specific environmental cleanup problems.

The CMST Group provides technical expertise and administrative assistance to DOE's Characterization, Monitoring, and Sensor Technology - Crosscutting Program (CMST-CP), a national effort to provide improved technologies for specific characterization, monitoring, and sensing problems.

"Striving to meet DOE's environmental management needs, we're working to complete the development of innovative technologies and to deploy those technologies with customers at DOE sites," says Ames Laboratory's Martin Edelson about CMST Group's work to support DOE technology development and transfer efforts.

Ames Laboratory scientists assist by helping analyze DOE CMST needs, by assessing research progress, and by facilitating the field testing and ultimate deployment of innovative technologies. Guiding technology development to deployment, they provide information to researchers on performance needs and publicize new technology performance specifications to customers throughout the DOE, other federal agencies, and the general public.

In related activities, Ames scientists work with technology developers and personnel from other federal agencies to demonstrate and validate the developer's technology performance specifications under well- controlled field test conditions. This technology validation process often is required to obtain user, regulator, and customer acceptance of innovative technologies.


  • More Focused Technology Development -- Research and development is targeted on clearly defined needs.
  • Prioritized Delivery of Technologies -- Clear prioritizing helps deliver timely technology solutions for DOE's most urgent needs.
  • Technology Transfer Encouraged -- Promoting communication and collaboration among technology developers and users helps developers better understand DOE needs and helps users become more aware and accepting of emerging technologies.
  • Duplication Minimized -- Effective coordination reduces replication of work within DOE.
  • Efficient Technologies Emphasized --This coordination encourages techniques that save time and money, such as field-deployable technologies offering immediate results and reduced lab analysis costs.


By focusing on user needs and emphasizing collaboration between technology developers and customers, the CMST Group facilitates deployment of innovative technologies. DOE Headquarters and Ames Laboratory work together to speed development and transfer of technologies for faster, safer, better and cheaper characterization, monitoring, and sensing work.


For additional information concerning the CMST-Crosscutting Program and the Monthly Progress Reports produced by its principal investigators, which was active from November 1989 to September 2002, please contact the EPSCI program director, David P. Baldwin.