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State Nanotechnology Grant Awarded

January 23, 2008

Taylor Eighmy, interim vice president for research, UNH; Glen Miller, professor of organic chemistry and materials science, UNH; Anthony Lochtefeld, vice president for research, AmberWave Systems, Bryan Lord, vice president of finance and licensing, general counsel, AmberWave Systems; and U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu.

UNH and AmberWave Systems, a leader in the research, development and licensing of advanced technologies for semiconductor manufacturing, are the recipients of a Granite State Technology Innovation Grant from the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center.

The partnership between UNH and the Salem, N.H.-based company was marked recently during a kick-off event hosted Sen. John E. Sununu at AmberWave Systems headquarters.

The grant will help support the project “Cost Effective Nano-Patterning for Aspect Ratio Trapping Technology.” Aspect Ratio Trapping (ART), is a technology developed and nurtured by AmberWave Systems that focuses on integrating silicon and compound semiconductors. It could allow manufacturers to capitalize on investments in current manufacturing technologies, and improve the speed and functionality of many of the technology devices and gadgets used everyday by consumers, while at the same time, considerably reducing costs.

“One of the fundamental and critical issues to this ART technology is the cost of patterning the silicon substrate suitable for ART material growth,” said Anthony Lochtefeld, AmberWave’s vice president of research. “We chose to work with Dr. Glen Miller because he has developed several methods for the high-rate directed assembly of nanoelements at UNH. We believe that his innovative and cost-effective approaches may help us to achieve a more efficient ART technology.”

Miller, a professor in the department of chemistry and the materials science program, and associate director of the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at UNH, will lead the grant project, which will allow him, as well as his students, to transition from cutting-edge research to real world applications.

“Our partnership with AmberWave represents an opportunity to apply fundamental research that originated at UNH to real problems in the semiconductor industry,” Miller said. “This is a marriage between research excellence at UNH and semiconductor experience and expertise at AmberWave. It's a win-win.”

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