CH2M HILL hosts Chinese delegation to advance nanotechnology research collaboration

May 28, 2013 - CH2M HILL's Portland office hosted a May 15 visit by a delegation from Suzhou, China as an outgrowth of our design of a major Chinese nanotechnology research facility in Suzhou.

We're designing a multi-story microelectromechanical (MEMS) development lab on Suzhou's massive Nanopolis campus. We were asked by Nanopolis President Dr. Xijun Zhang to facilitate introductions to science and technology leaders in Portland, which maintains a "Sister City" relationship with Suzhou.

CH2M HILL arranged for the Nanopolis delegation to meet with representatives of the State of Oregon, Portland State University, a regional venture capital firm, and FEI Company, a preeminent Oregon-based manufacturer of electronic microscopy and related nanotechnology research equipment.

These meetings focused on the increasing role of Suzhou's Nanopolis complex as a model that can be replicated elsewhere in China for attracting entrepreneurs to incubate and commercialize new nanotechnologies.

Suzhou intends to attract over 200 nanotech companies from around the world and 10,000 nanotech experts within the next 5 years. International nanotech collaborations are already forming on the Nanopolis site, such as the China-Finland Nano Innovation Center and The Dutch Science & Technology SME China Centre.

Suzhou launched the "Nanopolis Suzhou" initiative with a commitment of about $1.5 billion over 5 years to provide a complete ecosystem for the growth of nanotechnology and new industries enabled by the initiative.

Areas of focus include micro and nano manufacturing technologies, energy and green technologies, and nano medicine. Nanopolis provides not just incubation facilities for Suzhou's overflowing number of nanotech venture companies, which includes over 200 nano-related ventures, but also an innovation and commercialization base for global companies. The dynamic Nanopolis environment is designed to carry new nanotechnologies rapidly from research and development to pilot production, and then on to mass production.

Nanopolis Suzhou has a total area of 1 square kilometer, with integrated infrastructure for research and development, pilot production and mass production, as well as corporate, education and lifestyle environments. Comprehensive incentives and support are also provided, such as tax reductions, labor/housing subsidies, and thorough commitment to intellectual property protection.

The Nanopolis facility CH2M HILL is designing has highly specialized systems including top level research and development labs, stacked cleanrooms, pilot and manufacturing areas, ISO 5 and 7 cleanrooms, VC-D and VC-C vibration criteria, E-beam metrology and research suites with Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) capability, a technique transmitting a beam of electrons through ultra-thin specimens.

The CH2M HILL team hosting the Nanpolis delegation included I&AT Manager of Business Planning Consulting Adam Youngbar, I&AT Business Development VP John Frank, Senior Technologist Michael O'Halloran and I&AT Industrial Engineer Monty Stranski. In addition, a special welcome was made by Vice President, NW Transit Leader, David Knowles.

As Nanopolis continues to expand, we see other potential projects taking shape with this client. The fact that they took the time to visit us in Portland during this trip to the U.S. indicates that they find value not only in our technical design skill but also in the connections we can offer them in the U.S. technology community.

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