OSU and UO students learn how polymer processing mixes with nanotechnology in a class taught by OSU chemical engineer Sundar Atre at the MBI.
Three new Oregon startup businesses are developing microtechnology prototypes and manufacturing processes based, in part, on OSU research at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI). They are Nanobits LLC; Trillium Fiberfuels Inc.; and Home Dialysis Plus (HD+) Ltd. Nanobits and Trillium have licensed space in the MBI. Development with HD+ is continuing with proof–of–concept funding through the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).
An affiliate of ONAMI, the MBI is a joint research institute of OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). It is located at Hewlett–Packard’s Corvallis campus in Building 11, which has been leased to OSU.
Nanobits stems from research by OSU professors Brian Paul, Chih–hung Chang and Vince Remcho and focuses on production systems for the specialty chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Also working with Remcho, Trillium aims to produce ethanol from cellulose–based materials such as straw and waste wood. HD+ is collaborating with OSU engineers Goran Jovanovic and Paul to improve kidney dialysis technology.
"The MBI’s mission is to accelerate the transition of microchemical and energy technology from conception to commercialization. One element of that mission is to provide a resource for startup companies to advance concepts first tested in a laboratory, often at OSU or PNNL," says Landis Kannberg, director of the MBI. A planned expansion will accommodate future business growth.