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27 March 2008


First Nano/CVD and CUNY Brooklyn College/NYSTAR-CAT sign research agreement

First Nano of Ronkonkoma, NY, USA, a division of CVD Equipment Corporation (CVD), and The City University of New York (CUNY) at Brooklyn College, have signed a Sponsored Research Agreement to jointly develop zinc oxide (ZnO) nano materials and related semiconductor devices. The research is supported by a matching NYSTAR-CAT Grant.

The terms of the agreement give CVD a non-exclusive license and the option of an exclusive license to CUNY intellectual property related to the project, whether developed solely by Brooklyn College researchers or jointly with First Nano/CVD. The technology is being developed in research laboratories at Brooklyn College under Prof. Kai Shum and Prof. Mim Nakarmi, and at First Nano's Laboratory on EasyTube 3000 Systems.

Prof. Kai Shum of Brooklyn College said: “We are extremely pleased that CVD shares our vision and confidence in developing this innovative technology to fabricate ultraviolet (UV) light emitting chips with variable sizes and shapes. These chips are based on ZnO nanowire grown by chemical vapor deposition. Since these new photonic devices rely on one-dimensional electronic density states of nanowire structures and the large exciton binding energy of ZnO, they will offer superb performance in power, efficiency, and integration. Major applications of these novel UV light emitting chips include medical and data- storage devices, forensic and biological analysis tools, UV-based secure communications, space sensors, mineral identification and miniature displays. This novel technology is well suited for scaling up to commercial production since it uses nanowires as templates, eliminating the delicate and time- consuming task of placing each nanowire separately on a device.”

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