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Veeco, JNCASR launch nanoscience center in Bangalore

Posted: 28 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:atomic force microscope? scanning tunneling microscope? nanotechnology? veeco-india nanotechnology laboratory? jncasr?

Veeco Instruments Inc., supplier of instrumentation to the nanoscience community, has established a nanotechnology center in Bangalore, India. The facility will be staffed with local scientists and engineers and equipped with Veeco's latest atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning tunneling microscope (STM) products and other advanced nanotechnology application modules.

The Veeco-India Nanotechnology Laboratory will be jointly operated with the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR). The JNCASR promotes scientific research in interdisciplinary areas of science and engineering.

According to John Bulman, Veeco's EVP, worldwide sales and foreign operations, Veeco-India Nanotechnology Laboratory represents the company's further commitment to support their R&D customers throughout the world in critical regions of nanoscience research.

"We continue to see nanotechnology as a strong growth opportunity for Veeco, given the continued government spending around the globe," stated Bulman.

Prof. C.N.R. Rao, honorary president of the JNCASR, said that nanotechnology and nanoscience are important opportunities for India. The Indian government has made major allocations for nanotechnology between 2002 and 2007.

Rao confirmed that a nanoscience initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) that began in 2003 has been identified and is presently working with more than 30 R&D institutions to identify prospective nanotechnology products that can be commercialized.

"Having access to the appropriate state-of-the-art instruments is critical to future nanotechnology developments in India," Rao commented.

Michael Weiss, Veeco's VP and general manager for Asia and Prof. Rao will oversee the Veeco-India Nanotechnology Laboratory. Professor G.U. Kulkarni of JNCASR will function as an advisor and Mr. C. Venkatram Dattu has been appointed as the local Veeco manager responsible for day-to-day activities of the lab.

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