Engaging Research Institutions to Drive Innovation
By Nag Patibandla, Ph.D.
The concept of Open Innovation begins with the notion that companies can and should use a combination of internal and external ideas and paths to market as a strategy to advance their technology. Applied Materials firmly believes in this principle. As part of the company’s mission to accelerate innovation and incubate new growth opportunities, the Office of the CTO recently hosted its first collaboration workshop at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory established to address the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health and creating new materials, among other research.
The half-day workshop assembled experts to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for collaboration in semiconductor manufacturing including EUV lithography, advanced etch techniques, compound semiconductors, energy storage and materials engineering.
As an incubator for ideas and innovations, Berkeley Lab is synonymous with “excellence” in the world of science. The relationship we’ve established with Lawrence Berkeley Lab, a world class institution, paves the way to new sources of innovation, incredibly brilliant people and core strengths for addressing new and adjacent markets using precision materials engineering.
Distinguished presenters from Berkeley Lab at the workshop included:
- Don DePaolo, Associate Lab director for Energy Sciences
- Venkat Srinivasan, head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department
- Steve Kevan, deputy director for Science, Advanced Light Source
- Kristin Persson, founder of the Materials Project
- Patrick Naulleau, director, Center for X-Ray Optics
- Jeff Neaton, director, Molecular Foundry
- Frank Ogletree, Molecular Foundry staff scientist
- Deirdre Olynick, Molecular Foundry staff scientist, Nanofabrication Facility
- Gao Liu, Electrochemical Technologies staff scientist
DePaolo commented on the significance of the workshop stating, “Today we made great progress linking the materials research and facilities at Berkeley Lab with a global leader in precision materials engineering. This is the beginning of a long and productive partnership.”
The workshop attendees identified several areas of collaboration going forward, including combinatorial chemistry methods for materials innovations and leveraging the Lab’s advanced x-ray and imaging technologies. Berkeley Lab technologists have also been invited to attend the upcoming Combinatorial Chemistry Workshop at Applied’s office in May.
More than 30 employees from the Office of the CTO attended the event on January 28 in Berkeley, CA. This and future workshops are significant as they strengthen Applied’s relationships with top research institutions, provide an opportunity to collaborate on cutting-edge technology and directly connect employees with top researchers from around the world.