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Imagine a diagnostic "pill" that doctors can navigate through your system to collect video and chemical data about what's going on in your body. Or how about a space age, two-ply, self-assembling organic-inorganic thin film that makes expensive mirrors and lenses such as those used by NASA virtually indestructible.

Each of these items is at the heart of real-life research projects that involve research faculty associated with Binghamton Universitys Integrated Electronics Engineering Center and both fall in the realm of infotonics, the field resulting from the combined disciplines of photonics and microsystems.

In the case of the navigable "pill," BU researchers will be performing the mechanical analysis and testing of a prototype being developed by the City University of New York. The nanometer-thick thin film for lenses will improve on existing organic coatings through the development of a bilayer film, with a moisture retardant inorganic layer. It is the focus of a cross-disciplinary BU team including chemists Wayne Jones and Scott Oliver and mechanical engineers Junghyun Cho and Bahgat Sammakia. Both projects are both funded by the Infotonics Technology Center, a not-for-profit consortium of 20 universities and three major New York state optical companies: Eastman Kodak, Corning Incorporated, and Xerox. Binghamton researchers know that small-scale electronics manufacturing means big business. The range of research support and reliability testing services provided by the IEEC has attracted some of the country's largest electronics companies, including IBM, ADI, and GE Corporate Research, as well as regional companies such as Universal Instruments, Lockheed Martin and British Airways Electronics - to the center's membership roles.

Even while maintaining its ongoing commitment to support traditional electronics manufacturing, the IEEC's move to small-scale electronics manufacturing research is part of its major mission to help the United States r
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Contact: Susan Barker
sbarker@binghamton.edu
607-777-2640
Binghamton University
12-Mar-2003


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