An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UMass Lowell and the State University of New York, Binghamton, has been awarded a three-year grant worth nearly $460,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to synthesize lead-free nanosolder materials and develop innovative nanosoldering techniques for joining electronic components measuring only billionths of a meter in size.
“This technology will play a critical role in the emerging fields of nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing, especially for assembling and integrating nanowires or carbon nanotubes for use in nanoelectronics and nanosensors,” says chemical engineering Assoc. Prof. Zhiyong Gu, who is UMass Lowell’s principal investigator (PI) for the NSF project.
Other members of the UMass Lowell team include mechanical engineering Prof. Sammy Shina, who is the co-PI, and chemical engineering doctoral candidate Fan Gao. UMass Lowell’s share of the funding is more than $267,000; the rest of the money goes to SUNY.