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Nanotech research encourages Russia-U.S. partnership

Posted: 29 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nanotechnology? funding? energy sources? nanofab?

Executives from the Russian Corp. of Nanotechnologies (Rusnanotech) have concluded their first visit to four U.S. nanotech centers. The fact-finding trip acquainted the Russian execs and their American counterparts with the contingents' respective approaches to nanotech funding and development, with an objective of promoting collaborative research.

"We want a more detailed understanding of the principles of the National Nanotech Initiatives and the perspectives of commercializing nanotechnology," Leonid Melamed, general director, Rusnanotech, said at a press conference.

"It is important for us to let our American colleagues know about our company's goals, tasks and main areas of expertise," said Alexander Losyukov, deputy general director for international relations, Rusnanotech.

The delegation met with Clayton Teague, director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, as well as with members of the interagency Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology subcommittee in Washington. They also visited the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nanofab). "We were impressed with the state-of-the-art nano measuring tools," said Melamed.

Many participated in the Nano Renewable Energy Summit, at which Melamed was one of the speakers. "We have touched base with Applied Materials Inc., which is investing heavily in alternate energy sources. We will be participating with them in nanotech research in the future toward that end," said Melamed. Applied has invested in solar equipment and has set a road map for manufacturing solar panels using semiconductor production tools.

45nm deal with Intel
In June, Rusnanotech signed with Intel Corp. to develop technologies for sub-45nm IC node processes.

The participants also visited the Nanotechnology Center at the University of New York at Albany, "where we were very impressed with the leading-edge technology and equipment that have been poured into nanotech research," said Melamed.

"The Rusnanotech was established in 2007 by Russian federal law to provide equitable conditions for research and commercialization of nanotech products," he added. "We have a road map for growing overall investments in nanotech by 2015 in the short term," he noted.

At the last inventory, Melamed said, Rusnanotech had some 570 projects seeking funding. "We are currently looking at one project that merits serious consideration: a single spherical optical lens to replace multiple lenses in many scientific applications," he stressed.

Rusnanotech's objectives
The company helps Russian nanotechnology companies enter the global market and helps foster favorable conditions for the development of nanotech infrastructure in the country.

The corporation will co-invest with venture capital firms both in Russia and abroad in nano-industry projects with high commercial potential or social benefit, according to its charter. Rusnanotech will also participate in establishing the nanotechnology infrastructure, which includes the nanotechnology centers of excellence, business incubators and early-stage investment funds.

"We are making the rounds globally to acquaint us and our future nanotech research partners with each other in Western Europe, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Israel," said Losyukov.

Rusnanotech will organize and run an annual Nanotechnology International Forum in Moscow December 3-5.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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