Texas Tech University will receive a $2 million Research Superiority Award from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to attract a team of world-class faculty researchers in the field of nanophotonics. AT&T donated $5.35 million to enhance the College of Engineering while supporting the development of tomorrow's communications technologies.
The state money, coupled with the AT&T donation and $2 million the university is committing, forms a $9 million package to establish a premier research program in nanophotonics.
Governor Perry made the announcement Tuesday, in the Escondido Theater in the Student Union Building.
Nanophotonics involves the creation and manipulation of advanced materials at the nanoscale that can produce and sense light. The research has significant implications for defense applications, telecommunications, homeland security, and the future of commercial and residential lighting.
The researchers, who officially arrive in May, will move the headquarters of their corporation, III-N Technology Inc., to Lubbock. They have more than 185 publications, eight U.S. patents, 14 patents pending and average $1.5 million in competitive funding annually related to the study of nanophotonic devices. III-N Technology Inc. was founded in 2001 to commercialize the research team's innovations, including light-emitting diode (LED)-based residential and commercial lighting products that can be plugged directly into standard power outlets.
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