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institutions: the A. V. Topchiev Institute of Petroche- mical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences; the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences; the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry; Moscow State University; and the Men- deleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia.
iaSolé, a leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film
photovoltaic solar panels, has secured $55 million in funding to drive its next wave of growth.
“This funding comes at a time when the company has begun production of 14% modules with the industry’s lowest capex per watt, which is now under 50 cents. We are pleased that investors have de- monstrated a powerful endorsement of our strategy and growing success in the market,” said John Car- rington, CEO of MiaSolé. “This additional investment will allow us to take the company to the next level and we are focused on aggressively building the commercial side of our business with both our tradi- tional glass-on-glass and flexible products. We have demonstrated technology leadership and are now focused on commercial performance: our investors have responded to that.”
MiaSolé is a US company to unlock the potential for CIGS thin-film solar technology, increasing panel efficiency by more than 30% from 2011 to 2012. To date, MiaSolé has installed over 55MW of solar modules in a wide range of global projects.
The Company is introducing a revolutionary Smart Surface technology enabled by breakthroughs in na- notechnology, MEMS processing and microfluidics.
anoInk’s NanoFabrication Systems Division announced that the Laboratory for Nanometal-
lurgy in the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich in Switzerland purchased a DPN 5000 System – a dedicated, versatile instrument capable of patterning a variety of materials with nanoscale accuracy and precision. ETH Zurich intends to use the NanoInk platform to synthesize geometrically and structurally complex nano structures.
Moreover, NanoInk announced that it entered into license agreements with Northwestern University that grant NanoInk exclusive commercial access to five new technologies for use in connection with tip-based lithography. The licensed technologies are Polymer Pen Lithography technology (also known as PPL technology); block co-polymer assisted nano- lithography; force feedback leveling of massively parallel polymer pen arrays; massively parallel hard- tip, soft-spring lithography; and gel pen lithography. With exclusive licenses to these novel technologies, NanoInk further broadens its intellectual property
Phase Technologies, Inc. (XDSL) has filed a provisional patent application for a novel drug
delivery system based on its Smart Surface technology. The drug delivery patent is based on the ability of mPhase‘s Smart Surface technology to electronically control the precise flow of a fluid on a nano-struc- tured surface.