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Oregon Nanotech Group Gains Funding

The group, called Onami, is focused on research and commercialization of nanoscience and microtechnologies to help create new products, companies, and jobs in the Pacific Northwest.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The U.S. government has approved $6.7 million in funding for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechologies Institute (Onami), a research and development organization.

Congress provided funding for three programs. It targeted $1.7 million for Onami’s safer materials and manufacturing program, $2.5 million for the group’s tactical energy systems and $2.5 million for its nanometrology and nanoelectronics initiative.

This brings the cumulative Congressional investment in Onami to $11.7 million in fiscal year 2005, said Skip Rung, executive director of Onami (Corvallis, Ore.), a collaborative effort involving the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the state of Oregon and private industry partners.

Onami is focused on research and commercialization of nanoscience and microtechnologies to foster the creation of new products, companies and jobs in the Pacific Northwest.

Safer nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing research focuses on three areas: rational design of high performance, yet safer and greener materials based on properties found at the nanoscale; a systematic assessment of the biological impacts of engineered nanomaterials; and development of technology for high-volume manufacturing of high-performance nanomaterials.

Miniature tactical energy systems research utilizes integrated microscale and nanoscale research established by Onami. The continuing research promises to develop a number of applications, including compact power supplies for portable electronics, portable fuel cells and hydrogen production, automotive cooling systems that operate using exhaust heat, and will result in the development of miniaturized electrical power systems to minimize logistics requirements of field security forces.

The nanometrology for nanoelectronics initiative addresses the future needs in the science of imaging and measuring for the fabrication of nanodevices, biosensors, and circuits at densities that reach a trillion devices per square centimeter. The new funding will support additional research in nanometrology and testing of nanodevices and circuits to enable the use of nanoscale materials for electronic applications such as high density memories on silicon integrated circuits that could lead to new applications in computing, information processing and biosensing.

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