Nanotechnology Research in Albany, 1980–2016

  • Charles W. Wessner
  • Thomas R. Howell
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 42)


Large state investments in universities in the Capital Region, most notably in the University at Albany (SUNY Albany) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, transformed the region into one of the most formidable centers of nanotechnology in the world. Most notably, the state underwrote expansion of the nanotechnology research infrastructure at SUNY Albany, culminating in the creation in 2004 of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). In 2002, Sematech began a process of relocation from Austin to Albany which was completed a decade later, followed by an influx of other semiconductor companies seeking joint research projects at the NanoCollege.


  1. 450mm and Other Emergency Measures. (2016, September 22). Semiconductor Engineering.Google Scholar
  2. 450Mm/Copper/Low-K Convergence Report 2017. (2017, May 10). Business Wire.Google Scholar
  3. Albany No Longer A Secret in High-Tech Chip World. (2002, July 19). The New York Times.Google Scholar
  4. Better Microchips Sought by Alliance. (2005, July 19). Kansas City Star.Google Scholar
  5. The Bumpy Road to 450mm. (2013, May 16). Semiconductor Engineering.Google Scholar
  6. Chernock, J., and Youtie, J. (2013, February). State University of New York at Albany Nanotech Complex. In Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. Best Practices in Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting Based on Regional Industry Clusters. Atlanta: Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Prepared for the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.Google Scholar
  7. CNSE Working Group. (2013, June 13). The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering: A Vibrant Engine for Innovation, Education, Entrepreneurship and Economic Vitality for the State of New York.Google Scholar
  8. College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Landing Edge Research and Development Research Centers.
  9. College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. (2008, May 5). A Proposal for Undergraduate Academic Programs Leading to the B.S. in Nanoscale Science and B.S. in Nanoscale Engineering. Submitted to SUNY Albany Senate.Google Scholar
  10. Dhillon, H., Qazi, S., and Anwar, S. (2008). Mitigation of Barriers to Commercialization of Nanotechnology: An Overview of Two Successful University-Based Initiatives. Proceedings of the ASEE 2008 Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Google Scholar
  11. EUV is key to 450mm Wafers. (2014, July 31). Semiconductor Engineering.Google Scholar
  12. Fury, M. A., and Kaloyeros, A. E. (1993). Metallization for Microelectronics Program at the University of Albany: Leveraging a Long Term Mentor Relationship. IEEE Xplore. 59–60.Google Scholar
  13. GlobalFoundries. (2016, February 9). SUNY Poly and GlobalFoundries Announce New $500 M R&D Program in Albany to Accelerate Next Generation Chip Technology. Press Release.Google Scholar
  14. Governor Cuomo and Vice President Biden Announce New York State to Lead Prestigious National Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute. (2015, July 27). New York State Press Release.Google Scholar
  15. Haldar, P. (2013). Pioneering Innovation to Drive an Educational and Economic Renaissance in New York State. In National Research Council, New York’s Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy. C. W. Wessner (rapporteur), p. 81. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.Google Scholar
  16. High Tech Companies Team Up on Chip Research. (2012, August 27). Wall Street Journal.Google Scholar
  17. IBM’s Big New York Compute: $1.5 B Investment, 1,000 Jobs. (2008, August). Site Selection.Google Scholar
  18. IBM, Partners Creating 1,000+ Jobs With $2.7 Billion in New York Projects. (2005, January). Site Selection.Google Scholar
  19. If You Build It, They Will Come. (2003, February 7). The Chronicle of Higher Education.Google Scholar
  20. In the Space of Five Years, It Looks Like 450mm Manufacturing Has Become Surplus to Current Requirements. (2016, June 28). New Electronics.Google Scholar
  21. Is 450mm Dead in the Water? (2014, May 15). Semiconductor Engineering.Google Scholar
  22. Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering,
  23. Jindal, V. (2013, January). Getting up to Speed with Roadmap Requirements for Extreme UV Lithography. SPIENewsroom.Google Scholar
  24. Lane, N., and Kalil, T. (2005, Summer). The National Nanotechnology Initiative: Present at the Creation. Issues in Science and Technology.Google Scholar
  25. Major Technology Partnership Announced. (2009, July 21). US Fed News.Google Scholar
  26. National Research Council. (2003). Securing the Future: Regional and National Programs to Support the Semiconductor Industry. C. W. Wessner (Ed.) (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.Google Scholar
  27. National Research Council. (2013a). Best Practices In State and Regional Innovation Initiatives: Competing in the 21st Century. C. W. Wessner (Ed.) (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.Google Scholar
  28. National Research Council. (2013b). New York’s Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy. C. W. Wessner (rapporteur). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.Google Scholar
  29. New York State Office of the Comptroller General. (2013, January). Fuller Road Management Corporation. Report 2012-S-26.Google Scholar
  30. NY’s High-Tech Hope. (2002, September 18). New York Post.Google Scholar
  31. Office of the Governor. (2011, September 27). Governor Cuomo Announces $4.4 Billion Investment by International Technology Group Led by Intel and IBM to Develop Next Generation Computer Chip Technology in New York. Press Release.
  32. Office of the New York State Comptroller. (2010). Fuller Road Management Corporation & The Research Foundation of the State of New York: Use of State Funding for Research into Emerging Technologies at the State University of New York at Albany: Nanotechnology. (2010-S-4)
  33. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. (2003). The National Nanotechnology Initiative at Five Years: Assessment and Recommendations of the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel. Washington, DC: Executive Office of the President.Google Scholar
  34. Sá, C. M. (2011). Redefining University Roles in Regional Economies: A Case Study of University-Industry Relations and Academic Organization in Nanotechnology. Higher Education 61:193–208.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Schneier, E. V., Murtaugh, J. B., and Pole, A. (2010). New York Politics: A Tale of Two States. Armonk and London: M.E. Sharpe.Google Scholar
  36. Schulz, L. I. (2011). Nanotechnology’s Triple Helix: A Case Study of the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Journal of Technology Transfer.Google Scholar
  37. Sematech, SUNY Seal EUV Lithography Program. (2003, January 29). Solid State Technology.Google Scholar
  38. Sematech Touts the Benefits of its New York Alliance. (2002, July 19). Austin American-Statesman.Google Scholar
  39. Shapira, P., and Wang, J. (2007, November). Case Study: R&D Policy in the United States: The Promotion of Nanotechnology R&D. Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology.Google Scholar
  40. SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution No. 2004-41. (2004, April 20).Google Scholar
  41. SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution No. 2008-165. (2008, November 18).Google Scholar
  42. SUNY Buffalo State. (2011, February 15). Research Foundation of SUNY Celebrates 60th Anniversary. Press Release.Google Scholar
  43. SUNY POLY. (2015, October 21). SUNY Poly CNSE Announces Milestone as M+W Group Opens US Headquarters at Albany Nanotech Complex and Research Alliance Begins $105M Solar Power Initiative. Press Release.Google Scholar
  44. SUNY Working Group Report. (2013, June 13). The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.Google Scholar
  45. Teaming Up to Get Workers Ready for the Tech of the Future. (2015, September 12). Columbia, South Carolina The State.Google Scholar
  46. Tittnich, M., et al. (2006). A Year in the Life of an Immersion Lithography Alpha Tool at Albany Nano Tech. In Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 6151, Emerging Lithographic Technologies.Google Scholar
  47. Tokyo Electron Plugging $300M R&D Center Into Albany, NY. (2002, December). Site Selection.Google Scholar
  48. UAlbany/CNSE/IT Implementation Teams. (2013). Report to the SUNY Board of Trustees on the Potential Merger of the SUNY Institute of Technology and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.Google Scholar
  49. Upstate New York Gets Nod For Sematech’s $403M R&D Center. (2002, July). Site Selection.Google Scholar
  50. U.S. Army and UAlbany NanoCollege Sign Agreement to Establish Unique Research Partnership. (2008, May 20). Nanowerk.Google Scholar
  51. Wagner, R. W. (2007). Academic Entrepreneurialism and New York State’s Centers of Excellence Policy, Ph.D. dissertation. SUNY: Albany.Google Scholar
  52. What Happened to 450mm? (2014, July 17). Semiconductor Engineering.Google Scholar
  53. Why 450mm Wafer? (2012, August 8). Semiconductor Engineering.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Wessner
    • 1
  • Thomas R. Howell
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Dentons, LLPWashington, DCUSA

Personalised recommendations