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Nanotechnology in California - companies, research, and degree programs
(Nanowerk News) California has a burgeoning research and commercial nanotechnology environment. Followed by Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, California has the most nanotechnology relevant institutions in the U.S. The University of California system has large and well-respected nanotechnology research programs.
California has been a national leader in proactively developing policy frameworks for burgeoning technologies such as nanotechnology; for example, California's state government has been actively engaged in raising the awareness of health and environmental issues in nanotech. A 2010 overview paper (pdf) prepared for the National Nanotechnology Initiative Review provides a summary of state legislation affecting nanotechnology, an overview of the current status of the industry in California, applications, the role of R&D in California, venture capital funding, the regulatory environment, and the impact of the National Nanotechnology Review as of early 2010.
Currently, there are companies in California involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in California.
Atom NanoElectronics provides the next generation display and device technology with pure semiconducting nanomaterials. The company supplies HiPCO, electronically pure single-chirality semiconducting carbon nanotubes, and narrowly distributed large-diameter semiconducting carbon nanotubes and conductive carbon nanotubes with sheet resistance of 70 Ohms/sq at 70% transmission.
The company offers high-quality in house manufacturing of monodispersed polystyrene latex particles, also known as uniform latex particles, latex nanoparticles, and monosized latex particles to the medical and scientific communities.
Develops and manufactures biodegradable coolants, lubricants, abrasive slurries, cleaners, and specialty fluids for use in a wide variety of industries including ceria nanopowders for polishing applications.
Affymetrix GeneChip microarray technology is the industry-standard tool for analyzing complex genetic information. The GeneChip solution consists of oligonucleotide arrays, instruments to process and analyze the arrays, and software tools to manage and mine the data.
The Ambion brand encompasses a complete range of products for researchers whose work involves RNA. These include products for the isolation, detection, quantification, amplification, and characterization of RNA.
AnaSpec, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated proteomics solutions for worldwide life science research. With a vision for innovation through synergy, AnaSpec offers expertise in three primary technologies: peptides, detection reagents, and combinatorial chemistry. AnaSpec carries a broad product line of biochemicals and reagents for basic research, high-throughput screening and drug discovery. In conjunction, AnaSpec provides premier custom services including peptide synthesis, antibody production, and assay development.
Arrayit Corporation empowers the genetic, research, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic communities through the discovery, development and manufacture of proprietary life science technologies and consumables for disease prevention, treatment and cure.
Beckman Coulter, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that simplify and automate laboratory processes. Spanning the biomedical testing continuum – from pioneering medical research and clinical trials to laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing – Beckman Coulter's 200,000 installed systems provide essential biomedical information to enhance health care around the world.
As a manufacturer of nanoliter dispensing equipment,
BioDot has had extensive experience with the development
BioDot is the leading supplier of system tools for the research, development and commercialization of diagnostic tests. As a manufacturer of nanoliter dispensing equipment, BioDot has had extensive experience with the development of manufacturing processes for the protein array industry.
Chemicon offers molecular biology research tools. Included are mRNA expression analysis assays via RT-PCR and PCR amplication methods for apoptosis, cancer, cytokines, signal transduction, MMPs and ECM using colorimetric or bioluminescent formats
Delpor develops the next generation Drug Delivery Systems that improve the clinical and commercial value of drugs and biopharmaceuticals. The company also has developed a microfabricated nanopore device for the sustained release of therapeutic agents.
Fluxion develops cellular analysis tools in the pharmaceutical, biotech and research industries. The company has developed a proprietary microfluidic platform which enables precise cellular manipulation, rapid low-volume compound addition, environmental control and software-based data acquisition.
Bionanotechnology and microfluidics provide the foundations for GeneFluidics' testing platform. The use of bionanotechnology drives high signal to noise ratios (sensitivity), while the incorporation of microfluidics permits operational simplicity.
Iris Biotechnologies is dedicated to the development of Nano-Biochip gene expression kits to assist in establishing a solid and reliable foundation for personalized medicine. The company's patented products were developed to overcome the sensitivity, specificity, speed and cost limitations of present state-of-the-art microarray technology.
MSI's technology for multi-step multi-analyte chemiluminescent assays combines microfluidics, nanotechnology, and optoelectronics designed for both Immunoassay and Nucleic Acid Hybridization based applications.
MicroConstants is a GLP-compliant Contract Research Organization (CRO) dedicated to providing premier quality bioanalytical, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetic, formulation and immunoassay support services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies worldwide.
OmegaGenesis, Inc. is a biotechnology company that discovers and produces nano-scale materials that work on the cellular and sub-cellular level to promote or inhibit angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels.
Combining recent advances in nanofabrication, biochemistry, molecular biology, surface chemistry and optics, the company has created a powerful technology platform called single molecule, real-time, or SMRT, technology. SMRT technology enables real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution, which has the potential to transform our understanding of biological systems by providing a window into these systems that has not previously been open for scientific study.
PolyRemedy, Inc. manufactures robotic systems for the fabrication of nano-material based wound dressings at the point-of-care, allowing wound care clinicians to deliver easily and cost-effectively customized wound care on-demand for each patient's unique wound.
Senova Systems owns an exclusive worldwide license from Oxford University for a breakthrough pH sensor that does not require calibration, is not subject to fouling, and does not drift with changes in temperature. The company is developing these revolutionary new pH Meters to meet specific needs in all process industries.
WaferGen Biosystems, Inc. is a leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of next-generation systems for gene expression, genotyping, stem cell research and cell biology for the life science and pharmaceutical industries.
WaveSense develops, manufactures, and markets breakthrough analytical nanotechnologies for use in cellular and molecular assay markets. The company's patented and hierarchy technology is called Xenographic Retention Chromatography (XRC) - branded as EpiSep, which is a lateral flow separations platform that provides rapid, advanced detection and characterization of live cells, proteins, and/or genes. Researchers can then harvest the targets for interrogation purposes within their desired application.
Aculon specializes in inventing and commercializing unique molecular-scale surface and interfacial coatings leveraging nanotechnology discoveries made at Princeton University. From electronic device and component manufacturing to industrial metal finishing to consumer appliances and electronics, Aculon adds value through nano-scale surface modification that delivers superior performance, process simplification and favorable economics.
The company has developed a novel Solution Derived Nanocomposite (SDN) technology that allows for low-cost/high-throughput nanocomposite multifunctional coatings deposition on practically any type/shape/material substrate.
Alien Technology has developed a nanotechnology based manufacturing system that is expected to dramatically reduce the manufacturing cost of many kinds of electronic products. Alien's proprietary Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA) process helps to addresses key problems facing manufacturers of Radio Frequency tags including the high cost and limits to production capacity.
Alphabet Energy, Inc. is commercializing a breakthrough, inexpensive waste heat recovery technology developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Their revolutionary thermoelectric approach and materials platform, based on nanotechnology, is the only of its kind that lends itself to massive scale at low cost.
Develops and builds instruments and probes which offer chemical, mechanical, and thermal analysis at the sub-100nm scale. The Company's technology and products are being used to address metrology and analysis challenges in the polymers, pharmaceuticals, data-storage, and advanced-materials markets.
Anatech USA delivers high vacuum systems with graphic state-of-the-art, 'Touch-Panel' intuitive control packages. Every effort is made to tailor the system to meet your needs and budget requirements. Thin Film Deposition equipment for metals and dielectrics, using Planar Magnetron sources powered by DC and/or RF supplies. Electron Beam and Thermal Resistance source systems are also available. Gas Plasma vacuum systems with quartz or aluminum chambers. Systems are designed to clean at the molecular level, activate surfaces or etch surfaces.
Anchor Semiconductor, Inc. is a pioneer and technology leader in semiconductor DFM software products for controlling layout-to-silicon pattern transfer to bridge the gap between design and manufacturing.
Applied Biosystems Group serves the life science industry and research community by developing and marketing instrument-based systems, consumables, software, and services. Customers use these tools to analyze nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), small molecules, and proteins to make scientific discoveries and develop new pharmaceuticals.
Develops nanomanufacturing technology solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panels, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass.
BioSolar, Inc. has developed a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources. Through the advanced manipulation of bio-based polymers, BioSolar intends to produce robust bio-based components that meet the stringent thermal and durability requirements of current solar cell manufacturing processes.
Cadence delivers application specific kits and new-generation platforms of integrated design technologies and methodologies that help users address all aspects of electronics design in the nanometer era.
California Lithium Battery applies a new Argonne patented process to embed nano-silicon into graphene that Argonne tests show help to stabilize the silicon to create a superior lithium battery anode material.
The company has developed a unique process for the deterministic production of carbon nanotube (CNT) devices. This process allows Carbon Design Innovations to predictably produce CNTs with specified geometries and properties such as angle and length that offer many benefits for atomic force microscopes.
A fabless semi-conductor IP company developing embedded Non-Volatile Memory technology for standard CMOS processes. Its Nanomech™ technology is a novel embedded flash solution, residing in the metal interconnect system, yielding no impact to existing IP, scaling to 45nm and below.
Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (CTi) is an innovative leader in processing liquids, fluidic mixtures, emulsions and suspended solids. The Company has commercialized its patent-pending CTi Nano Neutralization process, offering the refiners of edible oils and fats significant yield improvements, substantial cost savings and environmental benefits. As an add-on to existing neutralization systems, the Company's patented Nano Reactor allows refiners to significantly reduce the processing costs, increase the yield and perfect the oil's quality.
Contour Energy Systems is a leading innovator of advanced battery technologies leveraging materials science breakthroughs and patented manufacturing processes for the development of next-generation primary and rechargeable battery systems.
CRAIC Technologies™ is a developer of UV-visible-NIR range scientific instruments for microanalysis. These include the QDI series UV-visible-NIR microspectrophotometer instruments designed to non-destructively measure the optical properties of microscopic samples. CRAIC's UVM series microscopes cover the UV, visible and NIR range and hel analyze with sub-micron resolutions far beyond the visible range.
Del Mar offers integration of femtosecond laser systems for research of ultrafast dynamics in nanophotonics, as well as multiphoton imaging, scanning probe microscopy, micromachining, ultrafast fluorescent kinetic and transient pump-probe absorption spectroscopy systems.
The company's coating process works at nanoscale levels, approximately 30 nanometers. The change of the molecular composition of the silica-based surface created by bonding nanoparticles enables the full efficiency of the coating process at an atomic scale.
Envia Systems is a technology leader in high performance, low cost Lithium Ion energy storage solutions. The company's patented cathode technology enables its batteries to deliver previously unattainable levels of energy capacity, safety and life. These systems will be used by manufacturers developing Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
Expertech, Inc.is a quality manufacturer of diffusion and LPCVD furnaces, located in Scotts Valley, California - twenty minutes from the heart of Silicon Valley. Expertech provides its customers with the furnace systems, engineering and ongoing service support the semiconductor industry demands.
Filmetrics is a leader in affordable and easy-to-use instruments for measuring film thickness (30 Angstrom to 450 micrometer), index of refraction, and deposition rates. Wavelengths available from 200nm to 1700nm. Configurations available for tabletop, in-situ, and in-line applications.
Since 1961 Gamma Scientific has produced LED, display and light measurement test solutions for production and R&D environments. With over 50 years of innovation in optics, photonics and optoelectronics metrology, Gamma Scientific instruments are trusted by leading global organizations that require high-speed, precision measurements and custom configurations for the most challenging environments.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world's first truly global leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company. Launched in March 2009 through a partnership between AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company, GLOBALFOUNDRIES provides a unique combination of leading-edge technology, manufacturing excellence and global operations.
Green Earth Technologies, a consumer goods manufacturer, produces 'G'-Branded superior performing TOTALLY GREEN products made entirely from American Grown Base Oils that now puts the power of patent pending nanotechnology (doing more with less) and dehydrogenation into the hands of environmentally concerned consumers everywhere.
The company's expertise and available facilities are sputtering services; reactive magnetron sputtering, reactive PVD, metal oxides, nitrides, fluorides, multi-layers, dichroic filters, high-temperature diffusion barriers, moisture barriers, protected silver and aluminum; various reactive sputtering tool layouts are available for process development.
Herzan is a comprehensive solutions provider for the precision research environment. Specializing in active vibration isolation and high performance acoustic enclosures, Herzan products help researchers overcome even the most troublesome environmental challenges.
The company uses molecular beam epitaxy systems, materials processing and nanofabrication facilities to develop active and 'smart' materials as enablers for reconfigurable surfaces, adaptive structures and novel actuation as well as nanoelectronic materials to provide enhanced functionality and performance for future sensor and electronic systems.
Design and development of advanced ceramic composite materials, coatings and thermal-structural components, including nanoengineered materials, produced by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen and natural gas using sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. These renewable gases can be used as direct replacements for traditional hydrogen and natural gas to power the world, without drilling or fracking, while mitigating CO2 emissions.
Intermolecular, Inc. delivers High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC) technology products and services that enable customers in the semiconductor and clean energy sectors to maximize their R&D ROI. The company's Tempus HPC Platform provides manufacturers and their supply chain companies with integrated processing, characterization and informatics systems that exponentially accelerate learning in materials discovery, process development and IC device integration.
The company is a leading provider of magnetic media deposition equipment to the hard disk drive industry and offer leading-edge, high-productivity etch systems to the semiconductor industry. Intevac also develops compact, cost-effective, high-sensitivity digital-optical products for the capture and display of low-light images and the optical analysis of materials.
Kebaili Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets a full line of instruments based on its MEMS/NEMS sensor technologies. These instruments are used for research and development, in industrial, medical, automotive, military, and consumer applications.
Kilopass Technology, Inc. is a supplier of embedded NVM intellectual property, leverages standard logic CMOS processes to deliver one-time programmable (OTP) structures based on its extra-permanent memory (XPM) technology. The memory arrays can be used for the storage of firmware, security codes, calibration data and other application critical information.
KLA-Tencor Corporation is a leading supplier of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related microelectronics industries. The company's comprehensive portfolio of products, software, analysis, services and expertise is designed to help IC manufacturers manage yield throughout the entire wafer fabrication process-from R&D to final yield analysis.
Kotura is a leader in silicon photonics, designs, manufactures and markets CMOS optical components that enable optics to migrate throughout the communications industry. The company also provides custom chip design, fabrication, and packaging services.
LamdaGen manufactures a variety of functional nano-materials in the form of independent chips in common sizes and shapes for researchers who wish to work with a highly reproducible nano-structured metallic thin-film.
Mattson Technology, Inc. is a leading supplier of dry strip equipment and the second largest supplier of rapid thermal processing equipment in the global semiconductor industry. The company's strip and RTP equipment utilize innovative technology to deliver advanced processing performance and productivity gains to semiconductor manufacturers worldwide for the fabrication of current- and next-generation devices.
The company produces fiber-based laser sources for applications ranging from material processing for solar cell manufacturing, semiconductor fabrication and assembly, and flat panel display manufacturing, to scientific uses such as STED microscopy.
Nano-Optic Devices is designing, fabricating and testing a suite of optical elements for a broad range of disruptive applications in communications, computing, processing and sensing. The Nano-Optic Devices' Digital Planar Hologram expands the potential of Integrated Optics and Photonic Lightwave Circuits by enabling customized complex optical systems on-chip.
NanOasis is utilizing carbon nanotube technology to make reverse osmosis membranes having breakthrough properties that will dramatically reduce the cost and energy itensity of desalination, water purification and other fluids separations.
Develops nanotechnology software design tools that enable modeling and simulation of nano materials. Has developed a variety of synthesis routes to manufacture nanomaterials for wide range of applications.
Nanofilm provides consistent high quality thin-film coatings with superior adhesion. Nanofilm's coatings operate from the visible through the infrared spectral wavelengths. Custom coatings can also be applied to meet customer specifications.
Nanometrics' product lines offer an extensive array of proprietary technologies in optics, software and systems integration designed to meet the process control requirements of today's advanced semiconductor technologies.
Nanosolar's component nanoengineering capabilities are focused on certain optoelectronically relevant materials and include semiconductor quantum dots and nanoparticles as well as nanotemplates with precise three-dimensional order.
Commercializes nanoscale droplet technology being developed at the University of California, Irvine. The droplet technology provides high-precision, digital control of biochemical processes at the nanoscale.
Nanounity supplies surface science analytical solutions through a range of synergistic products through partnerships with leading instrumentation manufacturers. Their core technologies are microscopy, metrology and spectroscopy.
Nanovea manufactures Profilometers, Mechanical Testers & Tribometers to combine the most advanced testing capabilities in the industry: Scratch/Adhesion, Indentation/Hardness, Wear/Friction & 3D Non-Contact Metrology at Nano, Micro & Macro range. Unlike other manufactures Nanovea also provides Laboratory Services, offering clients availability to the latest technology and optimal results through improvements in testing standards.
Nordson MARCH manufactures plasma cleaning and treatment equipment, and plasma applications technology. The company has been engaged in the plasma equipment business for more than 25 years and has broad experience in the areas of advanced semiconductor packaging and assembly, wafer level packaging (WLP), printed circuit board manufacturing, life science & medical device assembly, and various large-scale industrial applications.
A supplier of chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), electrochemical deposition (ECD), chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), ultraviolet thermal processing (UVTP), and surface preparation equipment used in the manufacturing of semiconductors.
The company's patented Silicon Stack Technology™ enables it to build the Nano E-beam Engines™ that will drive innovation in a variety of nanotechnology applications including: imaging, metrology and lithography.
OnMaterials offers innovative materials solutions for the environmental remediation marketplace. OnMaterials' Z-Loy™ products are engineered zero valent metal powder suspensions designed for injectablity as nano- and/or micro-scale powders.
Phenomenex is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for chromatographic techniques in the areas of sample preparation, high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC).
Picarro produces ultra-trace gas analyzers for environmental monitoring, automotive emission testing and high-tech manufacturing. Picarro's Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) instruments are setting new standards for sensitivity, speed, selectivity and ease-of-use in trace gas detection for monitoring greenhouse gases, reducing diesel emissions, advancing semiconductor manufacturing, and improving petrochemical processing.
PIE Scientific specializes in developing plasma sources and their applications in electron and ion beam technologies. The company's unique smartClean technology will autonomously keep your electron and ion microscopes or other vacuum system free of hydrocarbon contamination. They also build customized high brightness plasma ion sources for microfabrication, neutron generator, accelerator applications.
Plasmaterials, Inc. is a leader in providing high purity materials for all types of thin film applications. Whether the requirement is for large area, single piece, enhanced design, base metal alloys for architectural glass coating, or high purity semiconductor alloys, Plasmaterials can provide state-of-the-art materials to meet the most demanding needs. Through an extensive manufacturing and supply network, Plasmaterials, Inc. produces and markets a full range of products for R&D, pilot and full-scale production. Materials for such diverse applications as Architecture Glass, Microelectronics, Display Technology, Transparent Conductive Coating, Packaging, and Decorative Coatings to name a few, are all produced to exact specifications.
Porifera Inc. was founded with the goal of developing membranes with vastly superior permeability, durability, and selectivity for water purification and other applications such as carbon sequestration. The company's vision is to use carbon nanotubes to improve membrane performance, enabling affordable and plentiful fresh drinking water worldwide.
Presto Engineering, Inc. is a provider of product engineering services to the semiconductor industry. The company's in-silicon analysis capabilities are part of the company?s Design Success Analysis™ offering for process technologies down to the 45nm node.
The company develops breakthrough technology based on proprietary 'Rolling Mask' lithography concept, which will enable cost-effective nanostructuring on large areas of rigid and flexible materials in conveyor or roll-to-roll modes.
Rtec Instruments specializes in tribology high tech instrument design and manufacturing. They offer products for both nanotechnology and traditional industries including tribometers, high temperature indenters, 3d profilometers, optical profilometer, atomic force microscope, mechanical property tester, film thickness measurement, stress tester.
SEI is a global leader in the fields of release and anti-stick, anti-abrasion, antimicrobial and corrosion preventative coating and additive technologies. SEI's Mold, Graffiti, Corrosion and Coatings lines employee nanoparticulates that provide leading-edge performance characteristics.
Semicore Equipment, Inc. is a Silicon Valley based manufacturer and worldwide supplier for the electronics, optical, solar energy, medical, automotive, military and related high technology industries. The company's high-performance production or R&D vacuum sputtering and thin film evaporation systems provide coatings on a variety of materials including plastic films, glass, ceramics, metals and hybrid substrates.
Owns a suite of licenses for process technologies that enables new innovations in nanotechnology and takes advantage of SiGen's layer-transfer and engineered wafer technologies as well as advanced process and equipment technologies.
The company's thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, using copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), combine innovations in equipment, materials and process to achieve high efficiency at unprecedented scale.
Spectradyne LLC is commercializing a revolutionary method of measuring sub-micron nanoparticles. Applications include characterizing nanomedicine delivery systems, the measurement of protein aggregation in the drug development industry, virology and in consumer product quality control.
Stion Corporation (formerly NStructures) is a solar photovoltaics company developing high-efficiency thin-film modules. The Company is aiming to minimize the total installed system costs of solar electricity. Stion was founded in 2006, and its technology is based on the work of Dr. Howard Lee, a leading researcher in nanotechnology and semiconductor materials and devices.
Strasbaugh has over 60 years of leadership in design and manufacturing of advanced surfacing technology for the global Semiconductor, Silicon, Data Storage, MEMS, LED, Telecommunications and Optics industries. Through close alliances with premier manufacturers in these high-technology markets, Strasbaugh developed pioneering technology that has become the standard in polishing and grinding today.
A leader in delivering semiconductor design software, intellectual property (IP), design for manufacturing (DFM) solutions and professional services that companies use to design systems-on-chips (SoCs) and electronic systems.
Ted Pella, Inc ia a leading manufacturer of consumables, supplies, tools and specimen preparation equipment for all disciplines of microscopy and nanotechnology. Specialized in specimen mounts and holders for SEM, FIB, support films and grids for TEM, calibrations standards and sample storage.
Transfer Devices has identified a water-dissolvable, biodegradable polymer material formulation with unique chemical and physical properties that has enabling features for a range of nanofabrication applications including high resolution printing.
Varian's scientific instruments and vacuum technologies, consumable supplies, and solutions are key tools in bio-molecular and academic research, pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing, and industrial R&D and quality control.
XsunX is focused on lowering the cost of solar power generation and increasing solar energy applications through the development of unique thin film photovoltaic (TFPV) materials, designs, and manufacturing processes. Includes Hybrid Nano Crystalline for high performance opaque applications rivaling silicon wafer efficiencies.
With expertise in advanced materials R&D, technology and software development, and industrial process development, Accelergy is providing research and development capabilities and the process of advanced materials commercialization for the energy markets.
Aneeve is a research and development company focused on commercializing high-performance electronics for the semiconductor, defense and energy industries using mature nanotechnologies, prioprietary processing and fabrication methods.
FinScale Inc. invents, develops and licenses advanced technologies for the semiconductor industry that extend the life of Moore's Law. The company provides technology transfer and commercialization services to licensees, including expert forensic and holistic process consulting.
Research Facilities Design is an architectural firm specializing exclusively in the programming and design of teaching and research laboratory facilities for college and university, industry, and governmental clients.