3 Oklahoma firms win nanotechnology funding approval

Three state firms with successful applications for the OCAST Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project have been approved for $720,000 in funding for the next two years. OCAST is the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 18, 2011
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Three state firms with successful applications for the OCAST Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project have been approved for $720,000 in funding for the next two years.

Two of the firms represent accelerated research projects and one represents a proof-of-concept project. All will be completed within two years.

OCAST, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, administers the project, which was created by the Legislature to initiate a statewide project to boost nanotechnology.

Winners include SouthWest Nanotechnologies Inc. in Norman; Amethyst Research Inc. in Ardmore; and CalTech Global LLC of Sapulpa.

SouthWest Nanotechnologies won a $500,000 award. SouthWest Nanotechnologies and Panasonic will match funds to commercialize semiconducting inks for use in printed electronics applications. Research sectors include semiconductors and advanced materials. A total of 14 jobs and gross sales of $7.4 million are anticipated after two years.

Amethyst Research obtained a $90,000 award. The project, titled “Novel Applications for Hydrogen-Induced Nanostructuring of Ion-Implanted Silicon,” will have applications in astronomy, fire fighting, environmental thermal mapping and border security.

CalTech Global won a $130,000 award. CalTech will develop a hydrogen sulfide granular scavenging product intended for use in the oil and gas industry that also can be used for filtering of landfill and sewer gas.

OCAST uses independent peer review with a preference for likelihood of commercial success to determine successful applicants. Program requirements call for collaboration with an Oklahoma firm.


Project partners

OCAST partners with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Oklahoma Commerce Department, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, CareerTech and universities and colleges to market the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project.

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