SAN JOSE, Calif. FEI Co., Ohio State University, and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (Onami) have secured $1.5 million in federal funding to develop affordable electron microscopes for nanotechnology applications.
Metrology-equipment specialist FEI (Hillsboro, Ore.) will supplement the federal dollars with a $3 million investment in the project.
Onami, in partnership with Ohio State University, will develop a table-top electron microscope over the next three years. FEI will provide engineering assistance to devise the tool.
The overall funding will position Onami as a national leader in nanotechnology and create about 70 new jobs in Oregon. "Access to nanoscale imaging technology will capture the imagination of a new generation of American students, scientists and technologists," said Robert "Skip" Rung, director of Onami (Portland, Ore.), in a statement.
Onami is Oregon's first "signature research center" in the nanotechnology field. Onami is operated by the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).