The MBI is open to outside users and encourages interaction with industry. We collaborate with small and large companies to develop nano and microtechnology solutions, from efficient jet engines to a portable dialysis appliance.
Please refer to our "How to Get Started at MBI" page for external users if you are interested in becoming a facility user. Information regarding tooling fees is available in the following downloadable PDF, "MBI FY13 External User Rates."
In addition to collaborative work, the facilities, on a pay-for-service basis, provide those who do not have equipment or who need extra bandwidth, with access to high-cost capital equipment and technical expertise. We fulfill time-critical needs during production ramp and intense phases of research and development. Users include biotech, semiconductor, solar, wood products, defense and advanced materials companies and universities.
Here are just a few examples of external collaborators:
- CH2MHill: Collaborating with Oregon State University, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Voxtel Inc. on improving manufacturing processes for PV production. Read more about this state-of-the-art research in an ONAMI press release. The image at right is a representation of the core/shell/ligand shell Voxtel’s nanodot technology.
- Northwest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Working on novel microchannel fuel injection systems. A detailed project overview is available on the ONAMI website.
- Trillium Fiber Fuels: Generating ethanol from agricultural residues. A detailed project overview is available on the ONAMI website.
New Matching Grant Opportunity
Business Oregon and ONAMI can connect your company with more than 300 scientsts and researchers who can help turn your ideas into exciting new opportunities, or improve existing product lines to make your company more competitive.
Oregon's three state-of-the-art Signature Research Facilities offer materials characterization and fabrication services available via a pay for service or a partnership basis. Users include 140 businesses in the biotech, semiconductor, solar, wood products, defense and advanced materials markets.
This matching grant program is targeted at users new to CAMCOR at the University of Oregon, CEMN at Portland State University, and the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute at Oregon State University.
For complete information, download BizOR-ONAMI Industry First Time Users Grants.