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RIT to get federal funding for photonics research

The Rochester Institute of Technology will receive $305,000 in federal funding through the National Science Foundation, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday.

The money will allow RIT to purchase an inductively coupled plasma reactive-ion etching system, which is used in the fields of nano-photonics, nano-electronics and nano-bio devices.

The system will help to bring new research, production and education opportunities to the region, further supporting the recently established American Institute of Manufacturing Photonics Center in Rochester, said Schumer, D-N.Y.

“This funding will support our RIT researchers’ crucial work in the field of photonics, so we can spur new opportunities for the Rochester workforce at AIM Photonics,” Schumer said in a statement.

“This grant is excellent news for the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a testament to the extraordinarily high quality of research that takes place on their campus,” said Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

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