The Advanced SiNWs: Partnerships for Innovative Research in Energy (ASPIRE) program, created by E2TAC at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), University at Albany, is funded by the National Science Foundation's Accelerating Innovation Research program. This innovative, two year program began July 2012.
ASPIRE proposes the application of three principal architectures: silicon nanowires (SiNW), obliquely aligned nanorods and electron-beam lithographically produced nanopatterns as its technology platform. This activity will build on the work of CNSE’s recent successes in highly controlled growth of nanowires, nanorods and nanopatterns at its unique nanofabrication facilities for building large area nanostructured devices. The program also leverages CNSE’s broader incubation, commercialization and “partnerships for innovation” efforts, which focuses on connecting university-based research and development activities with private enterprise, funding and expertise; thereby helping increase the rate and scale of clean energy technology market penetration across the region and country.
CNSE will closely work with its industry partners to conduct the necessary activities and overcome challenges related to design and demonstration of proof-of-concept devices by utilizing the unique nanofabrication processes and tools available for producing large area nanowires, nanorods and nanopatterns over large areas. All experimental work will be supported by theoretical study and simulation, to provide the necessary scientific background for the design and development of a laboratory-to-market pathway for a scale-up process with high throughput for nano-structured device manufacturing. The results from this effort will be used by the small companies’ to manufacture and commercialize these unique, innovative, concepts.