UMass lands big money for nanotechnology research


The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a national nanomanufacturing research center. The university will invest the money in its Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM), which has focused a portion of its research on roll-to-roll nanoscale processing of flexible electronics and high technology devices such as solar cells, cell phone displays, batteries and sensors.

The core technology of the center is based on chemical methods for synthesizing ordered hybrid materials, nanoscale templates and patterns, primarily out of polymers, according to the university. The polymers are designed to self-assemble and spontaneously organize into specified nanoscale structures upon coating from solution.
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