API Nanotronics Corp., a leading
supplier of electronic components and nanotechnology research and
development for the defense and communications sectors, today announced
commencement of operations at its new nanotechnology clean room
facility in New Jersey.
API acquired all of the research and fabrication facilities
and intellectual property of NanoOpto Corp. in July 2007. API has now
hired substantially all of the former NanoOpto engineers and
technicians and has begun manufacturing nano-optical products based on
nano-gratings and atomic layer deposition (ALD), the hallmark of
NanoOpto's advanced nanotechnologies. The new division operates under
the name API Nanofab Corporation and is located in Somerset, New Jersey.
The API Nanofab division will develop and produce polarizers,
retarders and filters covering the infrared, visible and ultraviolet
region of the spectrum based on nano-gratings and hybrid optics
developed by NanoOpto. In addition to the advanced line of nano-optical
products, API plans to build new clean room facilities in the expansion
space available at the facility to support its business in discrete
semiconductor products, thin-film electronics and magnetics. API also
plans to develop a series of optical biosensor technologies based on
nano-plasmonics. API's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Martin Moskovits,
is an expert in nanotechnology and specifically in plasmonics through
his long-standing expertise in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.
"The nanofabrication capabilities and engineering talent that
we have acquired through NanoOpto allows us to develop and fabricate
advanced nanosensors with unprecedented detection capabilities and
reliability," stated Dr. Moskovits. "Although we have only been in this
new facility for a little over a month, we have already been contacted
by several global companies who are interested in co-developing optical
products based on our nanofabrication and ALD capabilities."
API now has one of the largest production facilities in the
United States for atomic layer deposition (ALD). ALD is capable of
conformally coating materials, even nanostructured materials, with
uniform layers of any number of oxides, semiconductors and metals,
creating an entirely new generation of thin-film optics and thin-film
Phillip DeZwirek, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of API
Nanotronics Inc., said, "API is very serious about its goals of
entering the nano space and being a leader in next generation
nanotechnology products for our customers. I believe this event is a
strong indication of our efforts to date and our future intentions."