October 16, 2006

UAlbany Nanocollege Receives Nearly $2 Million Award From NYSTAR For Renewable Energy Research

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech


Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (“NYSTAR”) has awarded a grant of nearly $2 million to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany to help spur development of an Energy Test Farm that will enable innovative research on renewable energy technologies and generate significant economic impact.

The $1,922,000 award, made as part of NYSTAR’s Center for Advanced Technology (“CAT”) Development Program, will support the efforts of CNSE’s Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (“CATN2”). The funding will be used to expand the capabilities of the CATN2 by creating an Energy Test Farm to evaluate zero energy concepts, based on the development and testing of nanomaterials and nanoelectronics for clean energy technologies, such as fuel cells, solar photovoltaic cells, ultracapacitors and power electronics.

The research will be conducted by CNSE in collaboration with several New York-based alternative energy companies, including DayStar Technologies of Halfmoon (solar photovoltaics), Plug Power Inc. of Latham (fuel cells), MTech Laboratories of Ballston Spa (power electronics) and Custom Electronics Inc. of Oneonta (ultracapacitors). This enabling research is expected to develop new business opportunities for those firms, while at the same time attracting additional interest and investment from clean energy companies around the world.

Michael J. Relyea, Executive Director of NYSTAR, said, “I would like to congratulate the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering for winning a prestigious CAT Development award. This award will help the university commercialize new technologies and create new jobs and companies in the region.”

CNSE Professor Dr. Pradeep Haldar, who will lead the program, said, “Through the leadership and partnership of New York’s elected officials, led by Governor Pataki and Speaker Silver, New York has pioneered an unparalleled model of supporting and advancing the enabling global field of nanotechnology. This newest initiative to be undertaken at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, made possible through the NYSTAR award, will further brand the state as a prime location for innovative nanoscale energy research, and help attract additional jobs, renewable energy companies and investment.  We are grateful to Executive Director Relyea and NYSTAR for their proactive support and substantial investment.” 

The Centers for Advanced Technology Development Program is intended to enhance and expand the capabilities of existing Centers for Advanced Technology that have achieved a record of success and demonstrate significant potential to increase the economic impact generated by the CATs.

The overarching goal of the CAT Development program is to: contribute to the growth of new high-technology industries, startup companies, and jobs by commercializing applied research; spur technology-based research and economic development in New York; promote national and international research collaboration and innovation; and, better leverage the State’s research expertise and funding with investments from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms, and other entities.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics concepts, and in May 2006, it was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The UAlbany NanoCollege is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.  The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer.CNSE has more than 250 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world’s largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies.  For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at