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Company Information:

Name: Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
Address: 2941 College Dr.
Kettering, OH
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (937) 865-4481

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,565,493.00 16
SBIR Phase II $5,111,459.00 7
STTR Phase I $552,229.00 5
STTR Phase II $1,499,708.00 2

Award List:

High Strength Structural Carbon Solids from Pitch Powders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph W. Hager
Award Amount: $62,988.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a novel, inherently simple processing concept for the synthesis of monodispersed pitch powders suitable for use in the fabrication of high strength monolithic carbon and carbon-carbon composite artifacts. The starting materials may be either devolatilized isotropic petroleum… More

Oxidation Resistant Carbon Matrix Composites for Use at 550 to 1200 Degrees F

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph Hager
Award Amount: $99,936.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Larry R. Dosser, President
Award Amount: $99,843.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph W. Hager, Operating Manager-Member
Award Amount: $64,940.00

SBIR Phase I: Solution Processing of Carbon Matrix Precursors for Control of Char Microstructure and Oxidation Behavior in Carbon-Carbon Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Joseph Hager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project addresses the problem of imparting intrinsic oxidation resistance to a carbon-carbon composite when the matrix is derived from a carbonaceous precursor via pyrolysis. The overall goal of the project is to assess the feasibility of using… More

Laser-Based Nano and Micro Machining for Meso-Matter Tooling and Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Larry Dosser, President
Award Amount: $745,640.00
Abstract:
This proposal details a program that combines laser micromachining and micro-Raman spectroscopy for the development of advanced and innovative laser-based processing techniques. Such techniques will enable the production of micro- and nano-particle basedmesomatter for advance space based… More

Laser-Based Nano and Micro Machining for Meso-Matter Tooling and Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Larry Dosser, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This proposal details a program that combines laser micromachining and micro-Raman spectroscopy for the development of advanced and innovative laser-based processing techniques. Such techniques will enable the production of micro- and nano-particle basedmesomatter for advance space based… More

Development of a Laser Micromachining Process for the Fabrication of SiC Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth E. Hix, R&D Scientist
Award Amount: $99,509.00
Abstract:
The key goal of this program is to reduce the non-recurring and recurring costs and shorten cycle times for fabrication of the next generation cryogenic telescope structural and optical components. Currently beryllium is used for both the mirrors and the optical bench assemblies in these high… More

Laser Micromachining of Optical Structures and Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Dayton
Principal Investigator: Kenneth E. Hix, Research & Development Scientist
Award Amount: $99,743.00
RI Contact: Claudette M. Groeber
Abstract:
Advanced laser micromachining technology will prove to be a vital fabrication tool for high precision devices having functional features on the mesoscopic and microscopic scale. The proposed program will establish the fundamentals of advanced 3-D high precision laser micromachining of SiC and Si3N4… More

Laser Micromachining of Optical Structures and Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: WRIGHT STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Kenneth E. Hix, Research & Development Scientist
Award Amount: $749,719.00
RI Contact: Ellen Reinsch Friese
Abstract:
MLPC is aggressively developing the technological infrastructure for laser micromachining silicon carbide (SiC) mirror substrates to reduce both cost and long lead-times associated with current beryllium optics. During the Phase I STTR effort investigation into the effects of laser micromachining… More

Laser Plasma Manufacturing of Oriented Carbon Nanotubes and Nanowires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTI
Principal Investigator: Kenneth E. Hix, Research & Development Scientist
Award Amount: $99,544.00
RI Contact: Linda Young
Abstract:
One of the best methods for producing single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) is pulsed laser ablation (PLA). SWNT formation is catalyzed by the formation of iron nanoparticles that are formed in the laser generated plasma. However, the formation of Fe nanoparticles of the size necessary to… More

Development of a Laser Micromachining Process for the Fabrication of SiC Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth E. Hix, R&D Scientist
Award Amount: $699,885.00
Abstract:
The primary goal of this Phase 2 proposal is the construction of a multi-axis laser micromachining workstation for the fabrication of SiC mirrors and optical bench components to reduce both cost and long lead-times associated with current beryllium optics. Phase 1 results clearly indicated that… More

Evaluation of Effects of Laser Marking for Serialization of Dynamic Aircraft Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Larry R. Dosser, President
Award Amount: $79,959.00
Abstract:
Common methods for serialization of components are often either invasive and damaging (stamping, engraving), or lack durability in a dynamic or engine environment (inking, tagging). This proposal posits that previous efforts to laser mark materials have often fallen into one of these categories due… More

Short Pulse Laser Texturing of Wear Resistant Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Larry Dosser, President
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
This program seeks to develop and optimize laser textured wear resistant coatings with adaptive solid film lubricants to protect and extend the life of aircraft engine components. Patterns of micron-sized dimples on surfaces act as reservoirs for smart, nanostructured solid film lubricants that… More

STTR Phase I: Laser Ablation - Diamond Turning Hybrid Process for Brittle Material Machining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Western MI Univ
Principal Investigator: Ronald L. Jacobsen, Dr
Award Amount: $149,547.00
RI Contact: John A. Patten
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project, a collaboration between Mound Laser and Photonics Center and the Manufacturing Research Center at Western Michigan University, will develop a novel, synergistic method for precision machining of brittle materials and semiconductors by… More

STTR PHASE I: Innovatve Laser Ablation Techniques for Increasing Catalyst Utilization in PEM Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: University of Dayton
Principal Investigator: Ronald L. Jacobsen, PhD
Award Amount: $149,975.00
RI Contact: Paul Murray
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will dramatically improve electrocatalyst utilization in PEM fuel cells to reduce their cost and ultimately assure their commercial viability in transportation applications. Using current technology, the cost of mass- produced PEM fuel… More

SBIR Phase I: Laser Machining of Terahertz Waveguide & Microscopy Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Carl Druffner, MS
Award Amount: $149,935.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop engineered wire waveguides for time-domain terahertz (THz) spectroscopy and imaging systems. Design of waveguides for various materials will be accomplished by finite element modeling and finite time difference simulation. The… More

Short Pulse Laser Texturing of Wear Resistant Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ronald Jacobsen, Program Manager
Award Amount: $745,871.00
Abstract:
This Phase II program seeks to develop laser surface texturing methodologies that, combined with solid film lubricant technology, will greatly extend the wear life of a variety of engine components used by the Joint Strike Fighter as well as diverse other military and commercial aircraft. Building… More

Mega-G-Force Diamond Accelerometer with Integrated Nano Waveguide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carl Druffner, Research Specialist
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
We propose an innovative solution to the problem of developing an extreme-g, integrated accelerometer for microscale ordnance fuzing. The proposed solution exploits an integrated optical sensing technique and an all-diamond microfabricated structure to overcome the key technical barriers that have… More

Innovative Methods for Automated Controlled Removal of Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) and Bondcoats from Turbine Airfoils for Rework and Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carl Druffner, Research Specialist
Award Amount: $99,950.00
Abstract:
MLPC will develop a laser ablation method for precise removal of thermal barrier coatings (TBC) from aircraft engine parts. Worn TBC eventually needs to be stripped and replaced from airfoils. Current industry practice is to remove the TBC by grit blast or chemical techniques that lack precision,… More

SBIR Phase I: IDT Sensors for Monitoring Wind Energy Infrastructure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Carl Druffner, DPhil
Award Amount: $149,772.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop sensor technology to address the problem of inspection and health monitoring of composites used in wind turbine blades used for clean electrical power generation. Such technology will be useful for field inspection… More

SBIR Phase II: IDT Sensors for Monitoring Wind Energy Infrastructure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Carl L. Druffner
Award Amount: $499,734.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will demonstrate an inspection and monitoring sensor system that addresses the problem of structural evaluation of composite components with an innovative nondestructive evaluation (NDE) sensor system. Composites have always been a… More

IDT Sensors for Detection of Heat Sensitization in Aluminum Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ronald Jacobsen, Program Manager – (937) 865-4046
Award Amount: $79,977.00
Abstract:
An innovative surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor for in situ detection and real-time monitoring of heat sensitization in 5XXX series aluminum alloys will be developed. These active sensors generate ultrasonic Rayleigh waves at a fundamental frequency and then detect higher harmonics of that… More

Innovative Methods for Automated Controlled Removal of Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) and Bondcoats from Turbine Airfoils for Rework and Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Carl Druffner, Program Manager – (937) 865-4429
Award Amount: $742,623.00
Abstract:
This Phase II program seeks to develop a laser process for removing thermal barrier coatings (TBC) from engine airfoils for rework or repair. The TBC removal processing will be able to fully remove the TBC coating from the airfoil without excessive damage to or unwanted removal of the bond coat or… More

Micro-Hole Membrane for Solid-Liquid Separation of Micron-Scale Particulate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ronald Jacobsen, Dr. – (937) 865-4046
Award Amount: $149,171.00
Abstract:
Low pressure filtration and dewatering techniques for solid-liquid separation (SLS) of particulate material from dilute streams are of great importance in reducing the cost and energy consumption of processing materials in wide variety of food, water, pharmaceutical and energy related industries. … More

Patterned Microtexture for Improved Durability of Orthopedic Knee Implants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Principal Investigator: Ronald L. Jacobsen – 937-865-4046
Award Amount: $53,420.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Each year in the US, approximately 600,000 total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries are performed at a total annual cost of 15B and nearly 4.5M Americans are currently living with a TKR implant. The survival rate of TKRdevices declines dramatically after ten years… More

Micro-Hole Membrane for Solid-Liquid Separation of Micron-Scale Particulate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ronald Jacobsen, Dr. – (937) 865-4046
Award Amount: $928,051.00
Abstract:
There is great demand for low energy dewatering technologies to harvest very fine particulate, such as microalgae. Current dewatering methods (e.g. centrifuge, press filter) consume much energy and are less effective for separating high value micro-particulate. One promising method for very low… More

Computational Process Model Development for Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Beeler, Research Scientist – (937) 865-3214
Award Amount: $749,655.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Powder-bed based additive manufacturing (AM) technologies typically involve rapid solidification after a laser or electron beam melts a region of powder. Although parameters can be optimized for lowest cost, highest precision, or optimum microstructure, these optimizations require… More

Methods to rapidly optimize materials for Additive Manufacturing processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Hicks, Research Scientist – (937) 865-3458
Award Amount: $149,538.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Powder-bed based additive manufacturing (AM) technologies typically involve rapid solidification after a laser or electron beam melts a region of powder. These powders can have an associated cost as much as an order of magnitude greater than the bulk material. Although less costly powders… More