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Industry Goals

What if designers had complete freedom to use any material or substrate in their devices? Much progress has been made in nanotechnology, yet the integration of nanoscale materials and processes into products has been considerably slow. Current nanoscale electronics manufacturing is highly expensive, resource-consuming, and largely confined to silicon-based materials.


The Nanoscale Offset Printing System for Electronics, Sensors, Energy and Material Applications developed by the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing offers an alternative, using ink that is made of nanoparticles, nanotubes, polymers or other nanoelements that are attracted to the printing template using directed assembly. This new approach is able to offer printing 1,000 faster and 1,000 higher resolution than conventional methods. 

Industry Partners
  • American Boronite Corporation, Inc.- an advanced materials company manufacturing Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) in continuous yarn and seamless tape formats. Focused not only on being the first in the world to synthesize BNNTs in continuous form, but also on building industrial-scale manufacturing capabilities for these materials. They have developed a proprietary, patent pending, scalable technology, with appropriate quality control and manufacturing systems, with the immediate goal of the commercial development of BNNT yarn and tape for academic study, application development, and commercial sales. Their focus is to become the globally preeminent supplier of BNNT yarn and tape, and developer and licensor of BNNT applications in a wide variety of fields.

  • Analog Devices, Inc.- also  known,  as  ADI  or  Analog,  is  an  American  multinational semiconductor  company  specializing  in  data  conversion  and  signal  processing  technology, headquartered  in  Norwood,  Massachusetts.  In  2012,  Analog  Devices  led  the  worldwide  data converter  market  with  a  48.5%  share.  The  company  manufactures  analog,  mixed-signal  and digital  signal  processing  (DSP)  integrated  circuits  (ICs) used  in  electronic  equipment.  These technologies  are  used  to  convert,  condition  and  process  real-world  phenomena,  such  as light, sound,  temperature,  motion,  and  pressure  into  electrical signals.  Revenues  $3.4  billion. 

  • Analog Garage: created  by  Analog  Devices, Inc. to  turn  disruptive  ideas  into  tomorrow’s  realities.  They  work  with  entrepreneurs  to propose,  explore  and  scale  new  technologies  and  new  business  models.  The  partner, mentor, and  finance  entrepreneurs  with  ideas  that solve  hard  problems  in  the  real-world;  the noisy,  the messy,  the  difficult:  the  analog  world. 

  • ASSETT, Inc.- a  United  States,  privately  held,    engineering,  research  and  development consulting  firm headquartered  in  Manassas,  Virginia.  ASSETT  is  an  acronym  meaning Advanced  Systems Supportability  Engineering  Technologies  and  Tools.      

  • AURA, LLC.- developing a new class of therapies to target and destroy cancer cells selectively, while leaving surrounding tissue unharmed – an approach they call molecular surgery. By safely eliminating cancer locally, we can treat early and transform the lives of people with a wide range of cancers that are poorly managed today.

  • AuresTech- Founded in 1989 and listed on Euronext since 1999, the AURES Group is an IT manufacturer of complete ranges of hardware solutions for the POS (point of sale and point of service, including catering and hospitality businesses) and the Integration sectors (Kiosk and OEM products). The systems designed and developed by the Group are intended for IT management, till functions and digital marketing at the POS (supply of EPOS touch systems, professional tablets, Retail PCs and Panel PCs, screens and monitors for digital and multimedia displays, interactive kiosks…). With corporate sales of € 85.6 million for 2017, AURES has global presence, with its head office in France, subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, Australia and the USA - and a network of distributors and resellers in 70+ countries.

  • A.W. Chesterton Company Inc.- offers  sealing  solutions  for  rotating,  stationary,  and  fluid  power equipment.  It  offers  rotating  equipment  solutions,  such  as mechanical  seals,  pump  packing, bearing/gearbox  seals,  gasket  and  joint  seals,  and  plant  productivity  programs;  stationary equipment  solutions,  which  include  valve  stem  packing,  flange  gasket  sealing,  heat exchanger sealing,  bonnet  seals,  and  fluid  power  equipment  solutions,  such  as  hydraulic seals,  pneumatic seals,  sealing  repair  kits,  spring-energized  seals,  and  speedseal  centers. The company  also provides  industrial  lubricants  and  MRO  chemicals  industrial  lubricants.  

  • Boeing- an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, and missiles worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers; it is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on 2015 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value.

  • BOE Technology America, Inc.- provides  display  devices, intelligent  systems,  and health  services  in  China  and  internationally.  The  display  parts  segment  develops, manufactures,  and  sells  panels  and  modules  for  thin  film  transistor  (TFT),  liquid  crystal display  and  active-matrix  organic  light  emitting  diode  products.  This  segment  principally offers  display  screens  and  TFTs  for  mobile  phones,  tablet  PCs,  laptops,  displayers,  TVs, vehicles,  wearable  devices,  industrial  control,  and  medical  care  applications.  2017  Revenue is $13.77  billion.  

  • Brewer Science- Dr. Terry Brewer’s discovery of anti-reflective coatings resulted in a revolution in the global microelectronics industry and ushered in today’s high-speed, lightweight electronic devices. Under Dr. Brewer’s leadership, Brewer Science has grown to be a global leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting.

  • Cactus Materials, Inc.- A tech company focusing on state-of-the-art research, development and innovation solutions for both equipment and materials in the area of electronic materials, Heterogenous Wafer Bonding (GaAs/Si), High Precision Cleaning Equipment, high performance thin films and adhesives for the semiconductor industry, advanced ceramic heaters, and technical ceramic components for multiple industries.

  • Canon, Inc.-  a Japanese multinational corporation specializing in the manufacture of imaging and optical products, including cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, steppers, computer printers and medical equipment. It's headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan.

  • CRRC Institute- a  Chinese  publicly  traded  rolling  stock  manufacturer.  As  of  2016  it  had 183,061  employees,  and  is  the  largest  rolling  stock  manufacturer  in  the  world  with a revenue  of  $34  billion.  Located  in  Haidian  District,  Beijing, China.  

  • CSEM (Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology)- a  Swiss  research  and development  center  (public-private  partnership)  specializing  in microtechnology, nanotechnology,  microelectronics,  and  system  engineering,  photovoltaics  and communications  technologies.  The  headquarters  is  in  Neuchâtel.  CSEM  also  has  centers in Muttenz,  Zürich,  Alpnach  and  Landquart  in  Switzerland.

  • DIC Corp.- is  interested  in  investing  to  develop  high-end  electronics  printers for  flexible  electronics  that  will  utilize  their  ink  products.  We  are  working  with  them  on flexible  thin  film  transistors  (TFT)  that  use  silver  ink  and  organic  semiconductors.   

  • Draper Labs- an American not-for-profit research and development organization, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts; focusing on the design, development, and deployment of advanced technology solutions to problems in national security, space exploration, health care and energy. Draper provides engineering services directly to government, industry, and academia; work on teams as prime contractor or subcontractor; and participate as a collaborator in consortia. They extend unbiased assessments of technology or systems designed or recommended by other organizations — custom designed, as well as commercial-off-the-shelf.

  • Eni Corp.-  an Italian company, and one of the global oil and gas super-players – operating in 71 countries worldwide and employing around 33,000 people. As of March 31, 2018, the company's market capitalization was calculated at $64 billion. Eni is consistently ranked among the top 150 companies on the Fortune Global 500 list according to revenue. Here is a preview of our main oil and gas exploration, production, refining and selling operations, electricity and chemistry – the foundations on which our work is based – and the values that inspire our actions. 

  • Flex Corp. (Formerly Flextronics)- has  built  boards  for  our  sensors  with  sensor  reading  electronics  and  wireless  communications  for  testing  our  lactate  and  glucose  sensors.  Flex  is  interested in marketing  our  sensors  to  their  customers  that  use  Flex  to make  wearables  such  as  Fitbit. Flex revenues  are  over  $24  billion  in  2017. We  are  continuing  to  work  with the  Flex  Innovation  Group  on  wireless  wearable  sensors. We have  tested  sweat-based wireless  and  wearable  lactate  sensors  for  fitness  on  human  subjects where  we  provide  the sensors  and  Flex  provides  the  wireless  electronics  and  microfluidics. 

  • General Electric (GE)- an American multinational conglomerate incorporated in New York and headquartered in Boston. As of 2018, the company operates through the following segments: aviation, healthcare, power, renewable energy, digital, additive manufacturing, venture capital and finance, lighting, transportation, and oil and gas. In 2017, GE ranked among the Fortune 500 as the 13th-largest firm in the U.S. by gross revenue.

  • GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.- a research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company that discovers and develops medicines, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products to customers in Canada and internationally. The company offers medicines to treat a range of acute and chronic diseases, which include respiratory diseases and HIV, as well as off-patent products, generics products, and other local products.

  • HC Starck- With almost 100 years of experience, H.C. Starck is a leading premium supplier of the technology metals tungsten, molybdenum and high-performance ceramics. With innovativeness, a clear commitment to quality, and extensive technological expertise they work side by side with customers along the entire value-creation chain, supporting them as an expert partner in development and solution creation. 

  • HSBC VC- HSBC  Venture  Capital  is  the  corporate  venture  arm  of  HSBC.  It  invests  in  tech  start-ups with  the  goal of  improving  the  bank's  financial  state.  It  connects  companies  and  HSBC’s global  network  of  bankers, technology  investment,  and  strategic  leadership.  The  group provides  access  to  HSBC’s  unrivaled global  network  and  broad  capabilities  to  start-ups. Budget:  $200  million.  

  • Infratab Corp.- makes  and  sells  smart  sensors  designed  to  monitor food freshness,  location, environmental  conditions,  that  manages  sensor  data;  cloud  databases that  store  this  data;  and most  importantly,  analytics  that  map,  aggregate  and  curate data  for  condition  and  freshness-based  business  decisions.    Collectively,  these  elements  are  known  as  Infratab  Freshtime®.

  • KinAptic, Inc.- a  startup  located  in  Madison,  Connecticut.    It  is  an  emerging  growth,  technology-based  company engaged  in  the  development  of  a  haptic/human  machine  interface  (HHMI)  technology.  The  KinAptic HHMI  technology  empowers  clothing  and  other  wearable  garments  with  the capability  to detect, analyze  and  appl͟y the  naturally  occurring  electrical  signals  of  the  human  body.  This technology  has applications  in  the  nascent  Wearable  and  IoT  (Internet  of  Things),  educational,  entertainment, gaming,  remote  unmanned  vehicle  control,  medical  and  military  market.

  • LG Corp.-  a South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation. It is the fourth-largest chaebolin South Korea. It is headquartered in the LG Twin Towers building in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul. LG makes electronics, chemicals, andtelecom products and operates subsidiaries.

  • Lockheed Martin Corp.- an  American  global  aerospace,  defense,  security  and  advanced technologies  company  with worldwide  interests.  It  was  formed  by  the  merger  of Lockheed  Corporation  with  Martin  Marietta  in March  1995.  It  is  headquartered  in Bethesda,  Maryland,  in  the  Washington,  DC, area.  Lockheed Martin  employs approximately  100,000  people  worldwide.  Lockheed  Martin  is  one  of  the  largest  companies  in  the aerospace,  defense,  security,  and  technologies  industry.  It  is  the  world's  largest  defense contractor  based  on  revenue  for  fiscal  year  2014. 2017  Revenue:  US$  51.048  billion.    

  • LUMII Corp.- using a proprietary terascale computation that evolved out of research at MIT, LUMII uses dynamic, three-dimensional security features and texturing from your presses, media and ink,  enhancing product security while keeping control of your process. Holographic features produced digitally by printing special Lumii-generated patterns on standard clear film, using standard 2-sided commercial presses, eliminating cost, complexity and risk from supply chains.

  • Material Impact VCs- The  Boston-based  venture  firm  is  led  by  co-founders  and  managing partners  Carmichael  Roberts,  an entrepreneur  and  former  partner  at  North  Bridge  Venture  Partners,  and  Adam  Sharkawy,  a  former executive  at  life  sciences  companies  Abbott  and  The  Medicines  Company.  The  invests  in  early-stage materials  science  companies.  2017  Budget:  $170Million.

  • Merck Ventures- the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck. Its mandate is to invest in innovative technologies and products with the potential to significantly impact Merck‘s core business areas. With their headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in the US and Israel, Merck invests globally in transformational ideas driven by great entrepreneurs. Merck Ventures takes an active role in its portfolio companies and teams up with entrepreneurs and co-investors to translate innovation towards commercial success, with a significant focus on early-stage investing and company creation.

  • Milara- offers a full line of OEM mechanical and electrical services to provide our clients with single source solutions, from mechanical and electrical design concepts to cable assembly generation, circuit board fabrication and final acceptance testing.

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.- a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI's products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles.

  • Molex Inc.-  a manufacturer of electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnection systems. Molex offers over 100,000 products, across a variety of industries: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Alternative Energies, Consumer/Home Appliances, Commercial Vehicles, Data/Computing, Industrial Automation, Industrial Electrical, Medical, Scientific, Smartphones and Mobile Devices, Solid State Lighting and Telecoms/Networking.

  • Moxtek- The  Moxtek  project  focuses  on  printing  Pro Flux™ nanostructures for  Polarizers  (pixelated polarizers) for  several  optical  and  display applications.    

  • Nanonex Corp.- Nanonex NIL solution offers low-cost, high-throughput, large-area patterning of 3D nanostructures with sub-10 nm resolution and accurate overlay alignment. It also includes all forms of nanoimprinting, such as thermoplastic, uv-curable, thermal curable, and direct imprinting (embossing). The Nanonex NIL solution can meet the needs of a broad spectrum of markets, such as optical devices, displays, data storage, biotech, semiconductor ICs, chemical synthesis, and advanced materials.

  • NASA Goddard- The  NASA  project  focuses on providing  consultation  and  advice  on printing  Fresnel  Lens Design.  The  goal  is  the  design  of  a  Fresnel  lens that  is  feasible  with  the  nanofabrication techniques  developed  by  the  Nanomanufacturing  Center.  The  CHN  team  develop  a  set  of  requirements  for  the  Fresnel  Lens  that  can  be  useful  for  X-ray  and  Gamma  ray  astronomy. The  CHN  also  made  carbon  nanotube based  gas  sensors  for  NASA  satellites’ use. 

  • NASA Headquarters- houses  the  higher-ups  responsible  for  charting  the  space  agency's course  and  implementing  its vision.  It  oversees  activities  conducted  at  the  agency's  10 field  centers  and  a  variety  of  installations scattered  around  the  country.  2017  Budget: NASA  received  more  than  $19.6 billion  in    omnibus spending  bill. 

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)- an  autonomous  research  university  in  Singapore. Founded  in  1905 as  a  medical  college,  it  is  the oldest  institute  of  higher  learning  (IHL)  in  Singapore,  as  well  as  the  largest  university  in  the  country  in terms  of  student  enrollment  and  curriculum  offered.  NUS  is  a  comprehensive  research  university with  an  entrepreneurial  dimension.  It  offers  a  wide  range  of  disciplines,  including  the  sciences,  medicine  and  dentistry,  design  and  environment,  law,  arts  and  social  sciences,  engineering,  business, computing  and  music  in  both  undergraduate  and  postgraduate  education.  The  university  counts among  its  alumni  four  Prime  Ministers  or  Presidents  of  Singapore  and  two  Prime Ministers  of Malaysia.  NUS  is  ranked  1st  in  Singapore  &  the  whole  of  Asia,  and  22nd  in  the  world  by  the  2018 Times  Higher  Education  World  University  Rankings,  and  11th  in  the  world  by  the  2019  QS  World  University  Rankings.  NUS  was  named  the  world's  4th  (first  in  Singapore)  most  international  university.   

  • Naval Systems Engineering Directorate (SEA 05)- CTR  NAVSEA  HQ,  SEA  05 is  responsible  for  providing  the  engineering  and  scientific  expertise, knowledge,  and  technical  authority  necessary  to  design,  build,  maintain, repair,  modernize,  certify, and  dispose  of  the  Navy's  ships,  submarines,  and  associated  warfare  systems. 2017  Budget:  $30  billion  

  • Northrop Grumman, Inc.- a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.

  • NovaCentrix, Inc.- offers industry leading photonic curing tools, conductive inks, material and expertise enabling development and production of next generation printed electronic devices – some already on the market. PulseForge® tools utilize photonic curing which is a cutting edge technology that dries, sinters, and anneals functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates such as paper and plastic. PulseForge tools can save time and money, and enable new types of products in applications like solar, RFID, display, packaging, and circuit. Our Metalon® conductive inks capitalize on advanced materials and formulation to provide conductivity options for additive manufacturing of printed electronics with stretchable, solderable, resistive, and magnetic qualities.

  • ONSET Corp.- founded in 1981 and is based in Bourne, Massachusetts, Onset Computer Corporation designs, manufactures, and supplies data loggers. It offers data loggers, indoor and outdoor wireless sensors, web-based monitoring systems, energy monitoring systems, weather stations, time-of-use data loggers, water quality data loggers, software, sensors, and parts and accessories. The company offers its products for a range of applications, including building energy performance monitoring, water resources management, and ecological and agricultural research. 

  • OptoGlo- a product development company whose products feature new means of displaying light and color. They license intellectual property and form product distribution companies with partners. OptoGlo is also a pioneer in the use of nanotechnology to produce transparent illumination and ultra-high-definition displays.

  • Peer Group, Inc.-  a  Toronto  smart  manufacturing  company  that  offers  a  large  portfolio  of factory automation  software  products  and  services  to  high-volume  manufacturers  and equipment makers  in  the  semiconductor,  photovoltaics  (PV),  and  electronics  industry  to lower  the  cost  of automation  by  solving  the  most  challenging  equipment  automation, data management,  and process  control  problems. 

  • Progeny Systems Corp.- Located  in Manassas,  Virginia.  It  is  a  privately-held,  high-tech  small  business focusing  on software and  hardware  system  integration,  computer-vision  solutions,  cutting-edge  research and development,  and  manufacturing.  It  provides  premium  systems,  services,  and products for  the Department  of  Defense,  government  agencies  and  commercial  clients. 

  • Rayethon: a  major  U.S.  defense  contractor  and an industrial  corporation with core  manufacturing  concentrations  in  weapons  and  military  and  commercial electronics. It  was  previously  involved  in  corporate  and  special-mission  aircraft  until  early  2007. Raytheon is  the  world's  largest  producer  of  guided  missiles.    2017  revenues  were  $25.35 billion.  The  Raytheon  Project  focuses  on  printing  power  electronics  for  military  as  well  as  civilian applications  such  as  aerospace,  commercial,  industrial,  residential,  telecommunication, transportation,  and  utility  systems.    For  example,  printed  electronics  are  utilized for  space shuttle  power  supplies,  satellite  power  supplies,  and  aircraft  power  systems.  The  printing of such  electronics  enables  the  industry  to  print  on  any  substrate  and  avoid  costly substrates (such  as  GaN  or  GaAs  wafers),  thus  reducing  the  manufacturing  cost  by  a  factor  of  ten  or more.   

  • Rogers Corp.: Designing  and  printing  the  world’s  first  printed  nano  blue  LEDs.  The  LEDs  have  been demonstrated  and  the  light  is  clearly  visible  to  the  naked  eye.

  • SABIC Detroit Automotive Center- a  global  leader  in  diversified  chemicals.  It  manufactures  on  a  global  scale  in  the  Americas,  Europe,  Middle  East  and  Asia  Pacific,  making  distinctly  different  kinds  of  products:    chemicals,  commodity  and  high  performance  plastics,  agri-nutrients  and  metals.  The  company  has  more  than  35,000  employees  worldwide  and  operates  in  more  than  50  countries. 2016  Revenues:  $35.5  billion.

  • Saint-Gobain, Inc. Northboro R&D Center- located in the greater Boston area on a 26-acre campus that includes 200,000 square feet of lab and office space. The center has grown over the last decade to more than 400 employees. Their multidisciplinary industrial research is at the leading edge of innovation, preparing the future by designing tomorrow's products and processes across an amazing variety of markets and technical disciplines.   Since 1985, NRDC has been supporting existing businesses, developing future businesses, and nurturing talent.

  • SAISUN Corp.- a fastest growing ISO 9001: 2008 certified, multi-process human resource outsourcing consulting group having Global Presence.

  • Sincode  Science  &  Technology  Co.,  Ltd.- a  Beijing-based technology  Company  that  was  founded in  2003,  as  automotive  ECU  supplier  in  Beijing.  We  are  working  with them  on  printing sensors  for  automotive.

  • Starry Corp.- develops Wi-Fi touch screen routers. The company’s product features include the ability proactively identify issues with Internet performance and suggests ways to fix them through notifications surfaced through its touchscreen. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Transient Electronics, Inc.- A  Cambridge,  MA  startup  that  makes  implanted  electronics  that  harmlessly  dissolves  in  the body  after  a  few  months.

  • ULVAC Technologies, Inc.- established in 1992 as the US subsidiary of ULVAC, Inc. Headquartered in Methuen, Massachusetts, ULVAC Technologies provides Sales and Services to all countries in Western Hemisphere. In addition, this facility is equipped with a class-10 clean-room for process development, customer demonstration and manufacturing of the ENVIRO solvent-free dry photo resist stripper and Compound Semiconductor Materials Etch Systems. Other in-house services include Foundry Etch (for Deep Oxide and Compound Semiconductor materials), Thermal Processing, Materials Characterization, and Vacuum Pump/Leak Detector Repair. 

  • United Technology Research Center- serves customers in the commercial aerospace, defense and building industries and ranks among the world’s most respected and innovative companies. The scientists, researchers and engineers of UTRC bring innovative thinking and disciplined research to the businesses of United Technologies. Founded in 1929, UTRC continues to produce innovations that open markets, expand opportunities and anticipate customer needs.

  • University of Surrey- a  public  research  university  located  in  the  South  East  of  England,  United  Kingdom.  The  university  specializes  in  science,  engineering,  medicine  and  business. The  annual  income  of  the  institution  for  2016- 17  was  £267.3 million  of  which  £40.3  million  was  from  research  grants  and  contracts, with  an  expenditure  of £260.9 million.  The  University  of  Surrey  has  the  fourth  highest  percentage  of  graduates  entering  workforce  and/or  further  study  within  six  months  of  graduation  at  96.9%  (behind  Lancaster  University,  Robert  Gordon  University  and  Arts  University Bournemouth).