Apr 24, 2002
Applied Nanotech and UMass do deal on licensing
Applied Nanotech, US, has signed a licensing agreement with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass). The non-exclusive licence option covers a nanotechnology that has potential applications in displays.
"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.
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Liz Kalaugher is editor of nanotechweb.org.