"The technology licensed from UMass is enlarging the scope of research and development at our company from carbon nanotubes to exciting new applications for self-assembled metallic nanowires and dielectric nanorods in a polymer matrix," said Zvi Yaniv, president of Applied Nanotech.

Applied Nanotech will be able to use the technology to make ultrahigh-density arrays of metallic nanowires in a cross-linked polymeric matrix, achieving nanowire densities of more than 1.9 x 1011 wires/cm2.

As the technique uses direct-current electrodeposition rather than photolithography, Applied Nanotech says that it can achieve fast processing at a low cost. The technology also has applications in ultrahigh-density storage media, multilayered-device fabrication and the creation of new artificial materials.

The UMass researchers reported their techniques in Science in December 2000 in a paper entitled "Ultrahigh-density nanowire arrays grown in self-assembled diblock copolymer templates".

Applied Nanotech is a subsidiary of SI Diamond Technology.