Dr. Ed Hungerfor, physics,
$400,000 to develop advanced
linear accelerator devices.
Dr. Ben Jansen, electrical engineering, $340,000 to research
digital signals and images.
Dr. Larry Kevan, chemistry,
$325,000 to study metals of
catalytic importance with an eye
co developing better catalysts.
Dr. Stuart Long, electrical engineering, $385,000 to research
integrated printed circuit antennas.
Dr. J. Andrew McCammon,
chemistry, $250,000 for computer aided design of mole-
cudes for use in agriculture,
chemistry and medicine.
Drs. John McDonald and
Gerald Gardner, Allied Geophysical Laboratories, $270,000
to use seismic waves in mapping partially depleted oil and
Dr. Robert Nerem, mechanical engineering, $500,000 to accelerate the efforts in mammalian cell culture technology.
Dr. Donald Pitts, optometry,
$650,000 to use new high technology optics in corrective devices for the eye.
Drs. Gerry Speitel and James
Symons, civil engineering,
$285,000 for study of microorganisms in the treatment of organic chemical pollution.
Dr. C. S. Ting, physics,
$280,000 for the theoretical investigation of transport of hot
electronics in small sized semiconductor devices.
Dr. Shiao-Chun Tu, biochemical sciences, $250,000 to
study luminescence immunoassays as an alternative to radioisotopes immunoassays.
Dr. Marvin Vestal, chemistry,
$444,667 to develop and make
available new high performance
chromatography and spectrometry techniques for the life sciences.
Dr. Roy Weinstein, physics,
$600,000 for development of a
calorimeter for use in high-energies.
Dr. Jack Wolfe, electrical engineering, $425,000 to research
solutions to several problems in
integrated circuit manufacturing-
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(*) is reprinted from Strides Magazine,
a product of Media Relations.
In the not too distant future,
home computers may perform
faster and stereo systems may
sound better because of a research and development effort
starting at the University of
Houston this year.
The National Aeronautics
and Space Administration has
awarded the campus $5.5 million to fund a Center for the
Commercial Development of
Space. This center will develop
applications for the vacuum in
low earth orbit, a process ex
pected to lead to the production of high quality microelectronics and computer components in space.
The UH center is officially
designated as the Center for the
Commercial Development of
Space Vacuum Epitaxy Technology. Physics professors Paul
C. W. Chu and Alex Ignatiev
will serve as Director and Associate Director, respectively.
Sponsored through NASA's
Office of Commercial Programs, the center receives five
years of NASA seed funding.
By the end of that period,
NASA expects the center to be
in a position to operate without
NASA funding under support
provided from a combination
of public and private sources. In
addition to NASA's commitment, Univeristy Park will provide $1 million of support
through space, equipment, and
cost sharing, and a current consortium of seven industry and
government organizations has
committed $900,000 for the first
year. However, during its first
five years, the center may attract
in excess of $16 million in support from a consortium expected to have more than 15 supporting organizations from industry, government, and higher
The vacuum epitaxy technique, incorporation molecular
beam epitaxy (MBE) and
chemical beam epitaxy (CBE),
is a high-technology process
that grows thin films of extremely pure material almost
atom by atom. In fact, it has
been described as the most
powerful technique for materials synthesis, according to Chu.
However to achieve high purity,
the process relies on an ultrahigh vacuum environment,
something that is difficult to
achieve in large volumes on
That is the unique aspect of
this center; the proposed use of
the vacuum in space for development and production of the
next generation of microelectronics and computer chips.
"Previous efforts have focused on the advantages of the
zero-gravity environment of
space. Ours is the first proposal
to take advantage of the space
vacuum," Chu says.
vacuum in low earth orbit is not
as good as the best vacuum
achievable on earth, Chu says.
However, with a little manipulation, low earth orbit space becomes an ultra-high vacuum
much better than vacuums attainable on earth. The manipulation is done by a structure
called a wake shield. As the
shield passes through space, it
literally clears the way of atoms
and molecules, creating an ultra-high vacuum directly behind the shield, Ignatiev ex-