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Tufts University Selects Veeco MBE Systems to Develop Semiconductor Devices for Solar and Electronic Applications

September 08, 2014

Plainview, N.Y., September 08, 2014 -- Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today that Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has ordered two GENxplor™ R&D Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Systems for cutting-edge compound semiconductor research.

These systems were purchased in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and will be the basis for a new Epitaxial Core Laboratory in the School of Engineering at Tufts.  The lab will be directed by Tufts Professor Tom Vandervelde and staffed by an experienced team to produce samples for Tufts University research as well as others in the research and business community.

“With the introduction of the GENxplor, Veeco has become synonymous with innovative MBE R&D technology,” said Tom Vandervelde, Ph.D., and Faculty Professor at Tufts. “The advanced design, multi-chamber capabilities, and ease-of-use made it the ideal choice when we received the NSF grant.  The GENxplor systems will enable our team to make great progress in developing energy-efficient semiconductor devices for solar and electronic applications.”

Winner of the CS Industry™ 2014 award, the GENxplor deposits high quality epitaxial layers on substrates up to 3” in diameter and is used for a wide variety of applications such as developing high-speed transistors, night vision systems, and wireless technology.

“The GENxplor has quickly become the MBE system of choice for leading research institutions,” said Gerry Blumenstock, Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Veeco’s MBE Operations. “Dr. Vandervelde is a leading figure in the MBE community and his selection of the GENxplor is a testament to Veeco’s strong and continuing commitment to the R&D market.” 

Veeco and the GENxplor MBE System will be at the International MBE Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona September 7-11 in Booth #1-2.

For more information about Professor Vandervelde’s research, visit http://www.ece.tufts.edu/research/reap/
For more information on the National Science Foundation, visit http://www.nsf.gov/.

About GENxplor R&D MBE System
The award-winning GENxplor R&D MBE System is Veeco’s latest innovation for the R&D market, enabling growth on wafers up to 3” in diameter.  The system combines the best of Veeco’s R&D products to bring a low-cost, vertically oriented reactor to the market.  Innovations such as a single-frame cantilevered design with fully integrated electronics and controls not only reduce the footprint by 40% compared to other systems, but also improve the usability, serviceability, and installation time.  When coupled with Veeco’s bellows-free retractable sources, the GENxplor MBE system allows for virtually uninterrupted operation and enables cutting-edge MBE materials research.

About Tufts University School of Engineering
Tufts University School of Engineering is uniquely positioned to educate the technological leaders of tomorrow. Located on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus, the School of Engineering offers the best of a liberal arts college atmosphere coupled with the intellectual and technological resources of a world-class research-intensive university. Its goals are to educate engineers who are committed to the innovative and ethical application of technology to solve societal problems, and to be a leader among peer institutions in targeted areas of interdisciplinary research and education. Strategic areas of emphasis include programs in bioengineering, sustainability, and innovation in engineering education.