Congress expands ONAMI funding
Author: Office of Marketing & Communications
Posted: February 15, 2006

John Carruthers
John Carruthers is leading nanometrology research efforts at Portland State

Congress has approved $6.7 million in funding for three research initiatives of ONAMI, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute. The 2006 Defense Appropriations bill includes $2.5 million in new funding for “nanometrology,” the science of imaging and measuring the properties of nanoscale materials and devices, a critical and underserved area of research.

ONAMI’s “Nanoscale Metrology for Nanoelectronics” program utilizes Portland State University’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication facilities, the most advanced in the Pacific Northwest, and is led by John Carruthers, distinguished professor of Physics at Portland State. The bill contained additional funding for “Safer Materials and Manufacturing” and “Tactical Energy Systems” initiatives.

ONAMI is a collaboration between the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the state of Oregon and private industry partners focused on research and commercialization of nanoscience and microtechnologies to foster the creation of new jobs and products in the Pacific Northwest.