By Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center has awarded $450,000 in funds to five technology companies in Pennsylvania.

The center, based in Pittsburgh, provides funding in support of the commercialization of nanomaterials. It accepts requests for proposals for funding twice a year.

Recipients in the latest round of funding, which focused on commercializing nanotechnology applications for new energy solutions, included:

  • Crystalplex Corp.: Awarded $130,000 with a company match of $65,000 to develop its quantum dot light-emitting diode prototypes. The company is based in Pittsburgh.
  • Illuminex Corp.: Awarded $130,000 with a match of $130,000 to commercialize copper-silicon nano-structured anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The company is based in Lancaster, Pa.
  • ICx Technologies: Awarded $30,000 with a match of $31,648 to develop a biofuel designed to serve as a replacement for petroleum-based fuels. The company has 30 people at its Pittsburgh operations.
  • Pennsylvania State University: Awarded $30,000 with a match of $30,000 to support Dr. Panghai Wand, a PSU professor, as he develops a nanocomposite for energy storage applications.
  • Industrial Learning Systems: Awarded $130,000 with a match of $130,000 to develop a silicon wafering technology for the production of nano structured solar cells. The company is based in Pittsburgh.

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