ADELPHI, Md. - The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has partnered with the State University of New York at Albany to speed development and commercialization of nanotechnology-enabled sensors and electronic devices that will play a critical role on the future battlefield.

A memorandum of agreement between ARL and the College of Nanoscale Science Engineering of the University at Albany was signed recently, establishing the Center of National Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization. The Center will be headquartered at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex.

"The agreement establishes a partnership between two outstanding organizations that will make significant contributions towards enabling disruptive technologies for the next generation Soldier," said John Miller, ARL director. "Given the tremendous impact of electronics across the commercial and defense sectors, this collaboration will help ensure the research, development, and applicability of critical, cutting-edge nanoelectronics technology for emerging Army applications and platforms in diverse areas including sensors; Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, C4ISR, and energy. We look forward to the beginning of a strong productive relationship."

NNICC will combine the capabilities and resources of ARL, through its Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, and CNSE to develop and demonstrate nanotechnology-driven products and applications that will provide the Army with technological and manufacturing advantages to support combat operations and enchase troop protection.

Through NNICC, scientists from ARL and CNSE will conduct joint research targeting development of a variety of next-generation devices, structures and systems enabled by nanotechnology. They include: "sensor-on-a-chip" systems for anti-terrorism and "soldier-in-the-field" remote sensing; lighter but stronger nonmaterial coatings that offer protections against chemical, thermal and environmental conditions: and sensor networks and power electronic devices that provide multi-functionality while operating at low power.

(ARL is a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.)