Success Stories

Who uses the High Tech Extension Service?
Companies as diverse as SpectraWatt, which uses ONAMI R&D to reduce cost and improve solar cell manufacturing efficiency, to industry leader Intel, which uses CAMCOR’s materials characterization capabilities.

Current clients using ONAMI labs in Eugene, Corvallis and Portland include:

  • SolarWorld—a world leader in solar power technology
  • Micro Systems Engineering—producing medical microelectronics
  • Hewlett-Packard—global tech company
  • ON Semi—semiconductor fabrication
  • Floragenex—develop new DNA sequencing systems

Success story Voxtel

Voxtel Inc. is a Beaverton company that provides optoelectronic devices using novel semiconductor architectures and engineered nanostructured materials. In business for ten years, the company also is a leading developer of sophisticated detectors and electro-optical imaging systems for a wide range of government, industrial and scientific markets. They have also recently developed a new manufacturing process that promises to significantly decrease the cost of semiconducting quantum dots.

Quantum dots are tiny crystals so small that even scientists call them “dots.” They gather light so efficiently they could potentially replace large solar panels with something you could carry. These dots are only one-ten thousandth the width of a human hair and may one day power video displays, replace fluorescent lighting, improve night vision goggles and be used in medical research—or maybe even replace the camera in your cellphone.

The quantum dot research took place at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute’s (ONAMI’s) Lokey Laboratory at the University of Oregon in Eugene. ONAMI is the first Oregon Signature Research Center. ONAMI is an initiative of the Oregon Innovation Council, creating new jobs and industries by partnering private industry with Oregon’s research universities. Work at Lokey Lab helped Voxtel to develop a method that lowers the cost of the dots from $5,000 to $10 per gram.

The company, which employs about 20 people, got its start with a federal small business innovation grant. The company operates on a combination of its own profits and government contracts, which has insulated it from the recession. Of the $7 million in federal research money the company receives each year, $6 million if funded by the military.

Success Story Northwest UAV

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McMinnville-based Northwest UAV is the largest unmanned aerial vehicle engine manufacturer in the country. NWUAV has grown from seven employees in 2008 to more than 40 today. NWUAV has produced more than 4,500 engines and expects continued growth in 2010. NWUAV is a critical supplier of engines for Boeing’s Scan Eagle.

Driven to meet new federal regulations that require a 35 percent reduction in exhaust emissions, NWUAV initiated a program to develop a unique fuel injection engine that will run on heavy jet fuels. The new system promises to increase fuel efficiency, increase flight times and reduce emissions.
Business Oregon staff connected NWUAV with R&D facilities at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) to design and prototype the new fuel injector. Business Oregon invested significantly to build out the capabilities of ONAMI for just such partnerships that could help drive development of products for Oregon companies. Click here to view a video highlighting NWUAV and the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute.

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Demonstration of JP8 jetted using a commercial ink-jet head

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Microchannel devices designed and protoyped at the MBI

Featured Researcher

Carrington, James

Oregon State University

Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems

Spotlight Gap Company

“We’re excited to tap into the local expertise available through ONAMI and its ecosystem of resources to design and build a unique solution.” Nathan Lillegard, CEO, Floragenex
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