January 18, 2008

Atotech To Work In NY

By: by Photonics.com


ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 17, 2008 -- Atotech, a German developer of chemistry applications for the nanoelectronics industry, will conduct research and development in copper-plating technology as part of a $5 million program being launched in partnership with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany.

A team of Atotech researchers, led by its vice president of semiconductor technology, Robert Preisser, will be located at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex as part of the joint program, to devlop copper deposition technologies for use in advanced device structures. R&D activities will target chemistry development, mode of operation and analytical techniques, including online technologies, usable for computer chip, chemical and biological sensors for the health and energy industries, and biochips for medical applications.

Atotech, which has more than 3300 employees in 36 countries, will provide international support for the CNSE-centered program through its operations in Berlin and in Yokohama, Japan. As part of the collaboration, Atotech will also fund two fellowships for students at CNSE.

The agreement also includes the potential for further R&D initiatives that may involve the location of additional Atotech employees and tools at CNSE, the college said in a statement.