April 24, 2006 – The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was awarded $16 million from the National Science Foundation to establish the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, the university announced today. Combined with state matching funds, the investment is expected to accelerate research and production of nanotechnology-based devices, creating new manufacturing opportunities and stimulating economic development.
The announcement was made at a State House news conference at which Gov. Mitt Romney said that the John Adams Innovation Institute will contribute $2 million in state matching funds to connect the center’s research with Massachusetts companies. The governor said he is filing legislation to secure an additional $5 million in matching funds.
The UMass Amherst project will be one of 16 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers in the nation. More than 50 UMass faculty members work in nanotechnology. The center is headed by James Watkins, professor of polymer science and engineering, and Mark Tuominen, professor of physics. Research collaborators will include TIAX, Lucent Technologies and IBM.