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SPIE members fill research posts at new thin-film and surface engineering center

CETRASE researchers will focus on energy systems, medical imaging, and other optics and photonics technologies.

30 April 2013

Four SPIE Fellows and two SPIE members are among the 10 researchers who will staff the new Center of Excellence in Thin-Film Research and Surface Engineering (CETRASE) at University of Dayton in Ohio (USA).

CETRASE researchers will focus on energy systems such as fuel and solar cells and batteries, electronics, optics, communication and sensor devices, officials said. These systems are found in medical devices and advanced medical imaging, cell phones, and communications, among other applications.

The researchers come from the departments of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), materials engineering, biology, physics, the electro-optics (EO) graduate program, and the University of Dayton Research Institute. Those with SPIE affiliations are:

"Many of us have collaborated or have been collaborating on similar projects," Subramanyam said. "It makes sense for us to put our heads together for a center where we can coordinate activities, interact, and share common equipment and costs. We also will have strength in numbers when submitting proposals as part of a center."

CETRASE also will be used to add courses in sensor materials and devices, nanomaterials and devices, and advanced materials for electronics, photonics, and sensors, he said.

The new center is not a brick-and-mortar facility, but rather a reallocation of existing lab space at UD facilities, officials said.