Lockheed Martin and Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University have agreed to establish a joint research laboratory to study nanocopper and its possible commercialization.
The collaboration involves $10 million in initial funds for the facility's first four years of operation at NTU's Yunnan campus, Lockheed said Tuesday.
Up to eight Lockheed scientists will work with NTU students and faculty at the lab on developing nanocopper, the main material used in CuantumFuse, an electrical interconnect technology designed to produce conductive joints.
Team members will also design, build and test prototypes at the lab as well as exchange research and knowledge.
“This collaboration is a good example of how NTU can connect to global industrial partners to collectively develop innovative solutions to many global challenges faced today,“ said NTU Provost Prof. Freddy Boey, who signed the memorandum of understanding with Dr. Kenneth Washington, vice president of a technology center for Lockheed’s space systems company.
Washington said the company and NTU are aiming to bring CuantumFuse out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
“We look forward to working with our colleagues at NTU to identify specific commercial target markets and applications for both Lockheed Martin and NTU's intellectual property,“ he added.
Boey suggested other potential future research topics for collaboration include satellite technology, interactive media and deep-sea mining.
“There's so much we can learn from each other, this collaboration is hopefully just the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between Lockheed Martin and the university,“ Washington said.