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ASU leads university nanotech research

September 20, 2007

ASU is ranked sixth overall and scored in the top 10 of three categories in this year’s Small Times magazine university rankings, a survey-based scorecard of microtech and nanotech research and commercialization.

The survey includes peer nominations.

ASU led the pack in commercialization, partly because of its number of microtechnology and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) patent filings, and because of the commercialization of those technologies by Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE). ASU also made the top three in the facilities category, behind University of Albany-SUNY and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is ninth in education, where it beat out Cornell University.

“We are very pleased to be ranked among the top tier of universities across the nation in nanotechnology and microelectronics,” says Stephen Goodnick, ASU associate vice president for research. “It’s a recognition of the tremendous growth of ASU’s research capacity in terms of new investments such as the Biodesign Institute and the Flexible Display Center, as well as traditional strengths in solid-state electronics and materials.”

ASU’s research specialties include nanofabrication, nanocharacterization, nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, thin-film transistors and organic light-emitting diodes, and silicon nanostructures.

These areas reflect the university’s emphasis on uniting expertise in organic and biological molecules with nanotech, which is the work of such organizations as the Arizona Institute for Nano-Electronics, the Biodesign Institute and the Flexible Display Center.

Introduced in 2005, the Small Times university rankings are based upon questionnaires sent to U.S. research institutions, covering topics such as infrastructure, budget, technology transfer, patents awarded that year, industry partnerships, publications, and educational programs in science and engineering.

In addition to listing their own strengths, universities are given the opportunity to say which peer institutions they feel are setting the bar in microtech and nanotech research and commercialization.

Nicholas Gerbis,
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