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Real-time monitoring of SWNT nucleation and growth in laser oven reactor

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73350
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-005-0079
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IONWERKS, INC.
3401 Louisiana St., Suite 355 HOUSTON, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Real-time monitoring of SWNT nucleation and growth in laser oven reactor
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0115
Award Amount: $99,903.00
 

Abstract:

An innovative and highly patented Ion Mobility orthogonal Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (IM-oTOF MS) will characterize SWNT (single wall nanotube) growth in a laser oven reactor. Time evolution of the size distributions of carbon and metal catalyst cluster growth (either free or attached to nanotubes) as well as the ratio of cluster to tubular carbon forms will be measured both within the plasma desorption region as well as downstream in the reactor. In Phase I we will use our spectrometer to monitor the ions directly desorbed or formed in the region above the laser ablation target from those downstream in the reactor. Double laser operation, as well as ionization techniques will be incorporated in Phase II for recording the time and spatial distribution of neutral reactants. Real-time characterization of size (by mass spectrometry) and shape (by ion mobility) of reactants and products will provide invaluable analytical information for the growth mechanism understanding and allow for desirable optimization of reactor conditions.

Principal Investigator:

J. A. Schultz
President/Director of Research
7135229880
kes@ionwerks.com

Business Contact:

J. A. Schultz
President/Director of Research
7135229880
kes@ionwerks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ionwerks, Inc.
2472 Bolsover, Suite 255 Houston, TX 77005

EIN/Tax ID: 760589694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
RICE UNIV.
Carbon Nanotechnology Lab, 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005
Contact: Robert H. Hauge
Contact Phone: (713) 348-4082
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university