API Nanotronics Corp., a Hauppauge, N.Y.-based supplier of electronic components to the defense and communications sectors, announced the appointment of nanotechnology pioneer Martin Moskovits as chief technology officer. Moskovits will lead the company's nanotech research and development efforts; one of his first responsibilities will be to oversee the development and opening of the company's new state-of-the-art microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication facility. Previously the dean of science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Moskovits is known for his industrial leadership and research expertise in nanoscience and nanotechnology with special emphasis on nanosensors, API said. He is also known for developing porous anodic aluminum oxide as a template platform for nanotechnology. Moskovits is a member of the US Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee and played a significant role during the establishment of the DoE's five nanocenters.