NORTHVALE, NJ – November 25, 2015 - Inrad Optics’ (OTC Bulletin Board: INRD) stilbene crystals have been chosen to receive a 2015 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in the security category.

Stilbene is a unique crystal that emits light, or “scintillates”, in the presence of nuclear radiation. Together with light sensors the scintillator crystals can be used as an alarm system to detect the presence of nuclear materials. Inrad Optics’ stilbene product has received numerous awards, and was most recently honored with a 2015 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award.

“We are excited by the wide-reaching recognition this Popular Science award generates. Stilbene scintillator crystals offer a breakthrough in the area of nuclear radiation detection most closely associated with border security and terroristic threat reduction,” commented Amy Eskilson, CEO, Inrad Optics.

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The award is Popular Science’s top prize, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of nominees—are each a revolution in their respective fields.”

Inrad Optics produces stilbene using a proprietary low-temperature solution growth technology. The company has delivered commercial stilbene to universities, national labs, commercial integrators, and OEMs. Stilbene has potential for use in handheld detectors, imaging arrays, and portal monitors.

About Inrad Optics
IInrad Optics is a manufacturer of exceptional quality crystalline materials and devices, fabricated high precision glass, and metal optical components. Vertically integrated, manufacturing expertise includes solution and high temperature crystal growth, extensive optical fabrication capabilities, including precision diamond turning and the handling of large substrates, optical coatings and extensive in-process metrology. Inrad Optics’ customers include leading corporations in defense, aerospace, process control and metrology, medical and industrial laser sectors of the photonics industry, as well as government, national laboratories and universities worldwide.

About the Best of What's New Awards
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year—breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners, the Best of What's New, are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science-the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1988. Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 12 categories.


This work has been supported by the US Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, under competitively awarded contract HSHQDC-14-C-00067. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.