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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JMG601
Announcement of an Exempt Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday October 16, 2018
Awarded to:
Vendor: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Amount: An estimated $125,000
Terms:  One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The University awarded a contract for direct write laser system.
This instrument is needed to meet the semiconductor processing needs of the College of Engineering. This is a direct write laser system that creates patterned 1.0 micron and sub-micron (down to 0.3) size structures on semiconductor wafers or it can be used to crate photomasks for photolithography on other instrumentation, such as blanket UV exposure systems.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for performing sponsored research and other sponsored activities under grants and contracts funded by the sponsor or by sources other than State appropriations. (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b)(8)) The purchase of equipment with the same capability would have cost more than $500,000.00. At a minimum, the University would have to spend an additional $375,000.00 in the acquisition of new equipment with the same specifications. The ability to create photomasks also reduces the long-term expenses of operating the laboratory.

For additional information, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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