Micralyne and University of Alberta Win Spot on 2007 MICRO/NANO 25 Innovative Product List
August 09, 2007
Edmonton, Alberta, August 9, 2007 – Micralyne Inc., a world leading independent MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) microfabrication company, and its GLAD (GLancing Angle Deposition) technology, developed in collaboration with Dr. Michael Brett at the University of Alberta, has been selected by R&D Magazine as one of the top 25 MICRO/NANO innovative products for 2007.
An independent panel of experts and the editors of MICRO/NANO Newsletter selected the top 25 micro- and nanotechnologies of 2007. The award winning products, processes, and innovations were those groundbreaking technologies likely to have a large impact on their specific industries and society.
GLAD, developed at both Micralyne and the University of Alberta, is a proprietary physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology used to fabricate porous thin films composed of engineered nanostructures. Its inherent advantage is the ability to create complex nanostructures in a single step process using a simple set of fabrication tools to optimize properties such as surface area, porosity, and composition. GLAD can also be used as the foundation of many value-added next-generation products, from gas sensors and chemical devices to optical polarization filters.
“We expect GLAD will be a platform materials technology suitable for a wide range of device applications” said Dr. Michael Brett, Industrial Research Chair of Thin Film Engineering at the University of Alberta.
“GLAD is truly an innovative technology that has been developed by talented people both at the University of Alberta and at Micralyne” said Chris Lumb, President & CEO of Micralyne. “This award win demonstrates the excellent potential of GLAD and we believe this technology will serve as a new growth platform that will complement our growing MEMS manufacturing business.”
For more information about the award winners view the following PDF: 2007 MICRO/NANO 25 Winners
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Micralyne is one of the world’s largest independent MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) manufacturers. MEMS technology is built on the premise of making industrial components smaller, faster and less expensive. Micralyne’s micron-scale solutions (i.e. 1000 microns = 1 millimetre) are found in automotive sensors for control systems, lab-on-a-chip devices for drug discovery, optical switching technology in telecommunication networks, and precise measurement devices for oil and gas exploration. Micralyne is a fast growing company with over 175 employees headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
About University of Alberta GLAD Lab
Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD) is a patented thin-film deposition process. Developed in 1994 by M. Brett and K. Robbie, GLAD is used to engineer thin films with feature sizes in the nano-scale regime. The research conducted in this lab focuses on applying GLAD to gain further understanding of thin films and their applications in photonics, microfluidics, and sensor devices. www.ece.ualberta.ca/~glad/
For further information contact:
Mr. Chris Lumb
President & CEO
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Canada T6N 1E6