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Laser Plasma Manufacturing of Oriented Carbon Nanotubes and Nanowires

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73349
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-005-0254
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
2941 College Dr. Kettering, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Laser Plasma Manufacturing of Oriented Carbon Nanotubes and Nanowires
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0092
Award Amount: $99,544.00
 

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 effectively catalyze SWNT formation by current laser ablation techniques is an extremely inefficient process. This proposal examines unique applications of nanosecond and ultrashort pulse lasers in combination with thin film deposition techniques to generate a significantly higher percentage of Fe nanoparticles of the desired size and distribution. The experimental approach combines the best of current laser technology and process monitoring and control techniques to create a stable production environment for the formation of SWNT. The proposed work also incorporates precision laser micromachining with PLA techniques to investigate the fabrication of devices from ordered SWNT arrays. Both the lasers and the processing techniques were selected to provide the foundation for the development of a cost-effective manufacturing process for the fabrication of devices incorporating SWNT.

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth E. Hix
Research & Development Scientist
9378653041
kenhix@mlpc.com

Business Contact:

Larry R. Dosser
President & CEO
9378654481
dosserlr@mlpc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 223 Miamisburg, OH 45343

EIN/Tax ID: 030409881
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTI
Nonmetallic Materials Division, 300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
Contact: Linda Young
Contact Phone: (937) 229-2919
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university