The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization
Center concluded its third round of funding for companies
using nanotechnology to develop new products and processes.
After a competitive review of submitted proposals, the
Center's technical advisory committee and governing board have approved
funding for the following companies:
Pittsburgh-based NanoLambda Inc. was awarded $258,238 in Ben
Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) funding to develop a
Spectrum Sensor(TM) chip using cost efficient nano-imprint lithography.
The company also is providing $151,825 in matching funds.
Philadelphia-based Y-Carbon Inc. was awarded $243,835 in BF
TDA funding to develop and commercialize supercapacitors using tunable
nanoporous carbon electrodes. The company is providing $78,000 in
Plextronics Inc., also located in Pittsburgh, was awarded
$250,000 in Air Force Research Laboratories funding to develop
semi-continuous processing technology for organic photovoltaic devices.
The company is providing $250,000 in matching funds.
These three new projects are in addition to six projects that
previously have been funded by the center. All nine projects represent
a combined investment of state and federal funding of $2,002,073, which
has been matched by $1,201,970 in funding by the companies. These
projects support the commercialization of advanced nanomaterials
technologies to achieve enhanced performance in a wide range of
products in both the defense and commercial industries. Some examples
of these products include: more efficient and lower- cost fuel cells,
enhanced-performance batteries, lower-cost solar cells, more efficient
heat dissipation devices for computer chips and stronger, lighter-
weight wiring for more fuel efficient aircraft.
Dr. Alan Brown, the Center's executive director said, "The
addition of the three new companies to the Center's project portfolio
further demonstrated the broad application of nanomaterials to a wide
range of products and industries, including energy, electronics,
polymers and metals."
The Center also recently announced a new partnership with
Lehigh University, which joins Carnegie Mellon University, the
University of Pittsburgh and The Pennsylvania State University as
official university partners of the Center. All four universities work
closely with the Center to create industry-university partnerships
leading to the commercialization of advanced nanomaterials for the
defense and commercial markets.
The Center also recently received $1 million in funding from
the BFTDA to continue its work in commercializing advanced materials
technologies in Pennsylvania. The grant was one of several announced by
Governor Rendell as part of the Commonwealth's Pennsylvania Initiative
in Nanotechnology program.
The new grant is in addition to $1.2 million in state funding
that the Center already has been awarded over the past two years. The
state funding, in turn, is in addition to $2 million that the Center
has received from the Department of Defense through the Air Force
Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio.
The mission of the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials
Commercialization Center is to promote and support the
commercialization of nanomaterials research for new and enhanced
products critical to the U.S. economy and manufacturing base. The
Center builds upon Pennsylvania's excellence in advanced materials
research, development and manufacturing, and it acts as a new model for
a public-private partnership among government, universities,
entrepreneurs, small and large companies to accelerate the transition
from nanomaterials invention and innovation to new products and new