The Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute has concentrated its efforts on establishing and nurturing a next-generation, nanotechnology-enabled open innovation ecosystem that targets support for start-ups in the research and development phase; supplier growth in the pilot-prototype demonstration phase; and business attraction in the manufacturing scale-up phase, all with an eye toward catalyzing high-technology economic growth.
CATN2 has a recognized focus on utilizing advanced nanofabrication capabilities to enable the commercialization of innovative nanotechnologies, including device derivatives, compound semiconductors, micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS), and roll-to-roll photovoltaics.
SUNY Poly’s CATN2 offers unmatched technology transitioning capabilities for electronics, communications, defense, clean energy, biomedical, and smart cities applications, among many others, by leveraging the world-class tools and infrastructure at SUNY Poly’s $24 billion NanoTech Complex. This 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms is supported by an open innovation business model that has successfully attracted leading small, medium and large-sized companies from around the world.
The CATN2 is built on the strong foundation, infrastructure, and entrepreneurial experience of its predecessor, the Center for Advanced Thin Film Technologies (CATFT). Established in 1993, CATFT established close ties with a significant network of nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, bioelectronics, and telecom companies in New York, with the intention of eliminating historic barriers to inter-university projects with corporate partners. CATN2 currently leverages the specialist knowledge of each university within the consortium, whose members include the University at Albany-SUNY, Alfred University, Binghamton University-SUNY, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Stony Brook University-SUNY.
The main hub of the CATN2 is at CNSE. CATN2 utilizes SUNY Poly's fully-integrated, 450,000 sq. ft. NanoTech complex, which houses a unique 200mm/300mm wafer "nanofab" with over 65,000 square feet of Class 1 cleanroom facilities that are unparalleled in the academic world.
The consortium campuses significantly augment this complex with satellite facilities, each focusing on specialized areas to create an integrated network that serves the research, development and business expansion goals of New York State. These include solid state optical devices (Alfred University), telecom/wireless devices (University at Stony Brook), nanosystems packaging (Binghamton University) and biomedical devices/sensors (Albert Einstein College of Medicine).