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IITB, Applied partner on advanced solar cell lab

Posted: 19 Apr 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:materials  solar cells  electronics devices 

Applied Materials and IIT Bombay (IITB) announce the launching of the "Applied Materials Chemistry Laboratory for Energy and Nanoelectronics" (CLEAN) at the IITB campus.

This new laboratory expands the scope of collaboration between IITB and Applied Materials to include the development of new materials that can potentially be used in a variety of electronic and renewable energy-focused applications, including the fabrication of next-generation solar cells.

The lab was launched at a ceremony attended by Mike Splinter, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Applied Materials, Omkaram Nalamasu, chief technology officer of Applied Materials, and Devang Khakhar, director, IITB.

"This is a great example of the kind of university and corporate collaboration that is helping to advance technology by enabling world-class research, innovation, and workforce development," said Splinter. "Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for developing the critical technology needed to solve the many challenges of next-generation electronic and solar device manufacturing."

"Applied Materials has grown to become IIT Bombay's most important industry collaborator in terms of the scale of research collaboration," said Khakhar. "We welcome the establishment of the Applied Materials CLEAN laboratory through Applied's generous support. This will begin a new phase of the collaboration in areas related to renewable energy, which are a focus of IIT Bombay's research."

The event also celebrates a successful five-year relationship between IITB and Applied Materials for nanoelectronics and solar photovoltaic technology research. During the course of this special alliance, Applied Materials has endowed IITB with over Rs.54.79 crore ($12 million) for the following projects:

� The establishment of the Applied Materials Nanomanufacturing Laboratory, touted as India's first 200mm semiconductor fabrication facility and one of the few university-based 200mm facilities worldwide.

� Collaborative research on nanoelectronics and solar PV technology.

� Applied Materials' donation of three state-of-the-art physical vapour deposition and chemical vapour deposition process chambers to the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) for depositing thin films for solar cell applications.

� A solar PV and LED lighting system that lights up the main avenue at IITB's campus.

� The establishment of The Applied Materials Chemistry Laboratory for Energy and Nanoelectronics.

"The Indian government is enabling the creation of an ecosystem that will promote research in photovoltaic and nanoelectronics to drive expertise and competence in these fields," said Nalamasu. "We see a very strong synergy between our objectives and those of the Government of India. We are committed to working with universities and institutions such as IIT Bombay to develop innovations that will improve people's lives."

Applied Materials began its association with IIT Bombay through several research scholar exchange programmes. This association led to the company recognising the rich faculty and student research talent available at IITB and building a very good synergy and relationship.

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