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Discovering new applications for nanotechnology is one of the major reasons that the CHN fosters close ties with businesses and government agencies.


CHN links its academic researchers to leaders in other sectors, thereby fostering technology transfer and innovation.  The Center has formal and informal working relationships with over 100 businesses in New England and around the world.  It develops joint proposals with industrial partners, hosts workshops, and shares its intellectual property. Government (both state and federal), industry, and academics all benefit from this collaboration.


CHN researchers work together with industry through an Advisory Board to identify new applications based on the intersection of our skills, industry’s requirements and consumer needs. Industry offers valuable insights regarding products involving nanotechnology. Companies can also provide investments for specific research projects or product application ideas.


We have space specifically designed to conduct research with our industrial partners. Via Northeastern, corporate R&D experts have access to state-of-the-art facilities in Boston and in Burlington – the George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center in Boston and the NanoOPS Research Lab at the Kostas Research Institute in Burlington. The sites have a comprehensive slate of up-to-date equipment for fabrication, imaging, and testing. The Institute provides a high-trust environment to bring together academia, industry, and government researchers and practitioners to advance resilience in the face of 21st-century risks. 


Because of its focus on working closely with industry, and its ability to tailor research toward particular outcomes, CHN has the ability to speed the process from research to product development.


  1. Corporate Partners and Access to our Intellectual Property

  2. Collaborative Research and Creating New Intellectual Property

  3. Searchable Database of Selected University-wide Patents

  4. A PDF version of our Industrial Partnership Agreement


CHN Industrial Partners


The CHN’s Industrial Partners Program allows businesses to play an important role in the research, education, technology transfer, and innovation goals of the center.  This includes creating and demonstrating the scientific and technological feasibility of innovative methodologies and systems governing nanomanufacturing, assisting in the transfer of research discoveries and observations from university to industry and vice versa, and developing an interdisciplinary education program.


Examples of Partners:


  • Milara: Milara is a leading supplier of atmospheric and vacuum robots, semi-automatic and fully automatic inline printers, wafer bumping and printing equipment for the surface mount technology (SMT) and semiconductor industries (SI). A privately-held firm based in Massachusetts, Milara focuses on disruptive innovation to develop, manufacture, service and license unique technical solutions and devices to civilian and defense clients.


  • Raytheon: Raytheon, headquartered in Waltham, MA, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services.


  • Rogers Corporation:  Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) is a global leader in engineered materials to power, protect, and connect our world. With more than 182 years of materials science experience, Rogers delivers high-performance solutions that enable clean energy, internet connectivity, advanced transportation and other technologies where reliability is critical. Rogers delivers Power Electronics Solutions for energy-efficient motor drives, vehicle electrification, and alternative energy; High-Performance Foams for sealing, vibration management and impact protection in mobile devices, transportation interiors, industrial equipment and performance apparel; and Printed Circuit Materials for wireless infrastructure, automotive safety, and radar systems. Headquartered in Connecticut (USA), Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide. Rogers recently opened a R&D center on Northeastern University¹s campus in Burlington, MA.


The benefits of membership include:


  • Access to faculty experts and their knowledge base

  • Access to intellectual property at free or discounted rates

  • The ability to directly sponsor research

  • Discounts on access to research equipment and testbed facilities

  • Facilitation of and/or participation in joint proposal opportunities

  • Access to the next generation of leaders

  • Opportunities to hire recent graduates and alumni

  • Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate coops (six-month internships)

  • Free or discounted access to short courses, workshops, meetings and conferences.

Strategic Partners and Corporate Partners enjoy additional benefits.

  • Royalty-free research licenses for the use of CHN technologies for internal, non-commercial purposes and priority access to multiple patents.

  • Access to non-proprietary information.

  • A seat on the CHN Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)


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