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Company Information:

Name: Nanohmics, Inc
Address: 6201 East Oltorf St.
Suite 400
Austin, TX 78741-7511
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (512) 389-9990

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $7,031,029.00 65
SBIR Phase II $18,188,096.00 25
STTR Phase I $1,499,106.00 17
STTR Phase II $1,499,943.00 2

Award List:

Carbon Fiber Composite Aeroelastically Tailored Rotor Blades for Utility-Scale Wind Turbines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: The Wichita State University
Principal Investigator: Kyle K. Wetzel
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
70206T02-II The wind turbine industry will require advanced blade materials and designs to achieve the DOE goal of 3.0¿/kWh cost of energy at Class 4 sites. The use of hybrid carbon/glass composite materials offers the potential for significant savings in blade weight. In addition, twist-bend… More

High Flux Atomic Nitrogen Source for GaN Growth

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $69,671.00
Abstract:
Current gallium nitride epitaxial growth systems suffer from low atomic nitrogen flux density, yielding materials having high intrinsic conduction due to nitrogen deficiencies or defects. A number of atomic nitrogen sources exist for MBE epitaxial growthof gallium nitride but the flux density is… More

Compact Biological Aerosol Fluorescence Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics, LLC proposes to develop a compact fluorescence particle counter, biological aerosol detection system. The prototype instrument will combine fluorescence discrimination with aerosol counting techniques to provide a reliable warning of potential increase in biological particles inside… More

High Efficiency MEMS Based Cryocooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
New developments in micro miniaturized systems have enabled very efficient cooling systems. The key figure of merit for these devices is the specific capacity which is defined as the ratio of the heat dissipation capacity vs. the overall mass of the dissipating device. In the case of… More

Ultrahigh Volumetric Energy Density PEM Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,846.00
Abstract:
A nanoassembly process for constructing ultrahigh volumetric energy density PEM fuel cell stacks is proposed. The method does not require vapor deposition techniques, bulk sintering or post-loading treatments of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA). The method enables ultimate control of two key… More

Silicon Based High Efficiency Near Infra Red Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
Silicon continues to be the material of choice for most microelectronic applications. Unfortunately, silicon is not a good material for high efficiency near IR photo-emission or detection because it has an indirect bandgap. Recently, studies of b-FeSi2have shown that it can be grown into silicon… More

Novel Host Material for Solid State Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $69,912.00
Abstract:
Wide bandgap semiconductors highly doped with optically active ions are a promising system upon which to base a new class of solid state lasers and optical devices. Due to their ruggedness, wide bandgap and high thermal conductivity, these devices canoperate at higher power densities and shorter… More

Amorphous Nitride Films as Improved Optical Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: OHIO UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $69,997.00
RI Contact: Shane L. Gilkey
Abstract:
Amorphous wide bandgap semiconductors are a promising system upon which to base optical coatings. Due to their ruggedness, excellent adhesion, smoothness and the ability to tailor the thermal expansion coefficient and index of refraction by changing thegroup III material, these materials should… More

Holographic Decoding of Biochemical Libraries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Steve M. Savoy
Award Amount: $111,345.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Nanohmics has developed a platform for decoding signatures of biochemical library compounds from randomly ordered arrays. The approach uses a novel holographic imaging technique to identify positive reactions with any compounds during a single image acquisition… More

Biological Aerosol Spectrofluorometric Identification System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,970.00
Abstract:
There is a need for a rapid, inexpensive technique to monitor bioaerosol loading in a manned space environment in order to insure the safety and health of the occupants. Condensate traps from air conditioners and heating and cooling ducts in spacecraft provide particularly efficient means for… More

High Efficiency MEMS Based Cryocooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $899,404.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, Nanohmics is developing an ultrahigh efficiency MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) cryogenic cooling system. The cryocooler is based on a Stirling Engine that is operating in reverse mode (mechanical-to-thermal) transduction. These devices show particular promise as MEMS… More

Arrayed, Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Based High Intensity LED for Area Denial

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes to develop a compact, efficient, high luminous intensity strobe light that emits in the 520 to 550 nm spectral range using gallium nitride (GaN) emitters. The design will be developed around an array of GaN surface mount chips for a 180 degree illumination pattern of light… More

Singlet-Delta Oxygen Generation via Electron Impact Excitation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
Chemical oxygen-iodine lasers (COIL) are being developed for use in several MDA mission areas, in part due to their favorable operating wavelength, relatively high chemical efficiency, and their ability to be scaled to high beam powers. Unfortunately, the reagents and fluid-handling equipment… More

Improved Electron Yield and Spin-Polarization from III-V Photocathodes via Bias Enhanced Carrier Drift

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Principal Investigator: Gregory A. Mulhollan, Dr.
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: James E. Simpson
Abstract:
72323- The exploration of certain regimes of high energy physics will require the development of photocathodes with emitted electron spin-polarizations above 90%. Emitted electron spin-polarizations approaching 90% have been achieved, but at the expense of quantum yield. Because natural… More

Military Parachutist Tactical Guidance System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: mike durrett, senior scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics and Mr. Jerry Plaszoweiki of Sierra Skyware will team to provide the military with an extremely flexible system aimed at providing the military parachutist with immediate updates relating to current conditions and possible drop zone alternatives. The system is based on a ruggedized PDA… More

Nanostructure-Enhanced Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $69,953.00
Abstract:
Compact, solid-state thermoelectric devices are now widely used for both cooling and power generation. These highly reliable devices have no moving parts, operate around room temperature, and are easily integrated into thermal systems. Despite these advantages, engineering applications have been… More

Novel high strength capacitor dielectrics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program Nanohmics propose to fabricate high breakdown strength flexible dielectrics films for use in high voltage capacitors from sputter deposited amorphous oxides. Previous work at Nanohmics has demonstrated a room temperature sputtering technique to deposit exceedingly high quality… More

Arrayed, Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Based High Intensity LED for Area Denial

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith D. Jamison, President
Award Amount: $599,922.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics is developing a light emitting diode (LED) based strobe light system that emits intense light at 365 (lens fluorescence) or 520 to 550 nm light (eye sensitive) wavelengths to distract or disorient potential adversaries. This device is being developed as an alternative to a Stun Grenade… More

Handheld biothreat reader with integrated CMOS disposable

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Steve M. Savoy, Vice President R&D – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The rapid detection and identification of biological pathogens (biothreat agents, infectious diseases) is of paramount importance for our nation?s defense and well being. The vast majority of biological pathogen analysis utilizes immunological binding affinity to pathogen targets as the means for… More

Natural Product Antifoulant Protection for Bio-Sensors and Solar Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Donald E. Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $74,684.00
Abstract:
Solar panels and bio-optical sensors play a significant role in a number of applications that are of importance to NOAA. Many of these instruments require a high transmission of radiation into the device for it to work properly. Typically, these devices have a coverglass affixed over the active… More

Novel high strength capacitor dielectrics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $749,922.00
Abstract:
Compact, high volumetric energy density, pulse-power capacitors are an enabling technology for future DoD weapon systems. These capacitors will be used in pulse forming networks (PFNs) for the conversion of prime electrical energy into short pulses needed for directed energy and kinetic energy… More

Radiation Hard Amorphous Nitride Based Solar Cell Coverglass Anti-reflective Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Solar cells are typically protected from the environment by a coverglass that has good light transmission properties in the response region of the solar cell. Newer generations of multilayer solar cells are extending the response region from the UV into the infrared portion of the spectrum to… More

Target Identification via Laser-Material Interaction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,794.00
Abstract:
The Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) is being developed for precision strike missions utilizing a directed-energy laser weapon mounted to or in an aircraft to engage ground or airborne targets. When there is some uncertainty about the visual identification of targets, the coherent radiation from the… More

Compact laser detection system based on Multi-spectral Mosaic (MSM) filter arrays and DMD AoA determination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
Compact, low-cost laser warning systems are in high demand for military and other commercial avionics platforms. This looming threat has recently gained national attention with reports of laser cockpit breaches in commercial aircraft over the past few months. Present laser warning systems (LWS)… More

Laser Assisted Machining Applied to Rifling of Ceramic Barrels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Ceramic barrels have found little application as their extreme hardness make them quite brittle and difficult to machine. Grinding and diamond machining have found some success but both yield very low material removal rates and can induce defects. To address this problem Nanohmics Inc. and Dr. Y. C.… More

Novel Color Depth Mapping Imaging Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Milder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
Autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic systems require information about their surroundings in order to navigate properly. A video camera machine vision system can supply position information of external objects, but no range information. Ideally, a system that, in one package, provides… More

Military Parachutist Tactical Guidance System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $749,895.00
Abstract:
Military parachuting operations require complex planning with the integration of a wide range of data. In essence what is needed is a device that can incorporate GPS data, map data and meteorological data along with parachute/free fall performance specifications to provide the user with an immediate… More

Environmentally-Friendly Anti-Fouling Coverglass for Bio-Optical Sensors and Solar Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Donald E. Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $299,935.00
Abstract:
During a successful Phase I feasibility study, Nanohmics¿ scientists were able to incorporate environmentally-friendly algaecides into hard, optical quality polymers for use as coverglass materials. These transparent coverglass materials stopped all marine algae growth on the glass for well over a… More

Target Identification via Laser-Material Interaction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $594,308.00
Abstract:
The Advanced Tactical Laser is being developed as an platform for high-precision strike missions utilizing a laser weapon mounted to a tactical aircraft. Boresighted cameras provide the system with high-resolution imagery for the identification and discrimination of targets of interest. The ATL… More

Laser Threat, Compact Alert Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $749,941.00
Abstract:
Compact, low-cost laser warning systems are in high demand for military, commercial, and battlespace platforms as lasers become more prevalent in tactical weapon systems. Present laser warning systems (LWS) are bulky when all features are integrated as a complete laser profiling analysis system.… More

Microchip MEMS Iron Maiden

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Don Patterson, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
As a last resort, self-destruct technologies must be employed to protect sensitive electronic data. Squib-induced pyrotechnics and low energy electro-explosives that provide a controlled explosive force can be effective in the destruction of the silicon microchip. However, explosives and chemical… More

Handheld Microfluidic Blood Ananlyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel R. Mitchell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes to develop a handheld blood analyzer for micro- and hypo-gravity missions. The prototype instrument will combine impedance analysis with optical spectroscopy techniques to provide a reliable means of performing a complete blood count (CBC) using microliters of sample. An… More

High ZT Nanoparticle/Polymer Composites for Cooling Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President Technology Developme
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Infrared imaging devices (like night-vision goggles), rely on solid-state coolers to cool and stabilize the temperature of the optical detectors in these systems. Primarily, this cooling is performed by thermoelectric (TE) devices. These highly reliable devices have no moving parts, operate around… More

Novel Color Depth Mapping Imaging Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,998.00
Abstract:
Autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic systems require information about their surroundings in order to navigate properly. A video camera machine vision system can supply position information of external objects, but no range information. Ideally, a system that, in one package, provides… More

Organized Hole Conducting Polymer/Nanoparticle Composite Solar Cell Fiber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
Recent innovations in noncrystalline solar cells are beginning to emerge as viable replacements to traditional CVD grown single crystal counterparts in applications that demand high specific power, low product cost ($/sq.ft.) and ultimately scalable unit energy cost ($/W). Future NASA missions stand… More

Picosecond Laser Drilling of Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,861.00
RI Contact: Ken Suter
Abstract:
In collaboration with Dr. Y. Shin of Purdue University Nanohmics Inc. proposes to develop picosecond laser drilling technology for SiC continuous fiber ceramic matrix composites (CMC). The application of this new technology will significantly reduce the cost of machining CMC components for new… More

Label-Free NanOFET Microarrays with Embedded-Probe Nanocomposite Active Layers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Steve M. Savoy
Award Amount: $399,323.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Nanohmics, Inc. and Ambion, Inc. working in consortium with Dr. Susan Kauzlarich at the University of California Davis and Dr. Lynn Loo at the University of Texas at Austin propose to develop a Nanocomposite Organic Field-Effect Transistor (NanOFET) multiplex… More

SBIR Phase I: Integrated CMOS Microarray Disposable for Handheld Oligonulceotide Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Steve M. Savoy, Dr
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research will lead to a novel disposable microarray device that combines solid-surface oligonucleotide synthesis with a CMOS imaging sensor. Since this technique involves direct coupling between fluorophore/emitter and the detector instead of an… More

FluoroGuard: Personal Insect Repellent Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Donald E. Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,982.00
Abstract:
An advanced, easy-to-use, passive personal insect repellent device is greatly needed for both military and general public use. While existing insect repellents and insecticides provide excellent protection against a variety of annoying and potentially deadly insects, most of the repellents are… More

Laser Assisted Machining with Integrated Dynamic Tooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
Ceramics materials have great potential in a wide variety of applications but their use is often limited by the associated high cost of machining. To alleviate this Nanohmics Inc. and Dr. Y. C. Shin of Purdue University propose to apply the recently developed technique of laser assisted machining… More

Plenoptic Camera Based Single Aperture Passive Rangefinder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,926.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes to design an electro-optical imaging device capable of determining the range to individual objects in a scene without the use of active emitters or multiple apertures. The novel, automated, handheld imaging system is based on a plenoptic camera design, and will be simple to use,… More

Optimization of scandate high current density cathodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: OHIO UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $99,994.00
RI Contact: Shane L. Gilkey
Abstract:
Evolving commercial and military requirements for high-frequency power amplification are driving the demand for modern vacuum electronics devices. The explosion of wideband RF communications, space-based communication, and geolocation, as well as advanced military radars and directed energy… More

SBIR Phase II: Compact genetic assessment using the Infrarray SNAP (Simple Nucleic Acid Profiler)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Steve M. Savoy, PhD
Award Amount: $499,986.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project aims to further develop a microfluidic device for the detection of nucleic acids for a variety of studies where genetic analysis and identification of target sequences are required. The instrument proposed is designed to be… More

Radiation Hard Multi-Layer Optical Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
Next generation space telescopes require advanced optical coatings to provide low loss transmission of light in a variety of spectral ranges and protect optical components from damage in a space environment. In this SBIR program Nanohmics proposes to examine uses of amorphous nitrides and oxides as… More

Laser Assisted Machining of Metal Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,638.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Metal matrix composites (MMC's) are of great interest in aerospace applications where their high specific strength provides a weight saving alternative to standard materials. To date however their use has been limited by the difficulty in fabricating complex shapes. Most current methods for… More

Visibility Through Foliage - A Plenoptic Sensor for Riverine Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,976.00
Abstract:
The threat of attack from within obscuring foliage is a very real threat to U.S. riverine craft or other marine operations close to shore. Generally, this asymmetric situation allows opposing forces to hide undetected within or behind bushes and trees until an opportune moment for attack. On the… More

Novel Energetic Polymers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Donald E. Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Energetic polymers find use in a myriad of military and commercial applications. Among the most commonly used formulations are the nitrate esters, which have reasonably high energy densities. However, the inherent instability of nitrate esters requires formulations to include stabilizers. … More

Multi-spectral Mosaic (MSM) Digital Imaging Sensor for Microscopy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $251,353.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Compact, low-cost digital imaging systems that combine the benefits of high spatial and spectral resolution are in demand for bioanalytical analyses such as in situ hybridization (ISH) and fluorescence in situ hybridiz ation (FISH) karyotyping, tissue and… More

High Temperature, High Energy Density Film Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The production of long life, light weight, high-volumetric-energy-density, high-voltage bus capacitors, which are stable at temperatures over 250oC, would enable the electrical systems of electric vehicles to operate at a higher temperature, making them ready for next generation SiC based… More

Resident Space Object Detection and Characterization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
Traditional means of searching a wide angular field for a threat or unknown object involves scanning a narrow field of view optical system or building a system with heavy wide-field-of-view optics. Neither method is optimum for an on-orbit system, as there are severe weight, reliability, complexity,… More

Compact night vision focal plane array cooling using FlexTEC high-ZTape

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President Tech. Dev.
Award Amount: $778,940.00
Abstract:
Compact, solid-state thermoelectric devices provide many advantages in refrigeration and power generation. These highly reliable devices have no moving parts, operate over a large range of temperatures, do not emit toxic/environmentally unfriendly gases and are easily integrated into thermal… More

Electromagnetic Metamaterial Films

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Andrew Milder, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Gennady Shvets
Abstract:
The field of electromagnetic metamaterials has been rapidly developing in recent years, promising to deliver new composite materials with exotic electromagnetic properties generally unattainable in nature. The resulting wide-angle, ultra-thin absorber is highly desirable for various technological… More

Wearable Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Agent Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Founder & VP Technology D
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Detection of Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) threats is becoming increasingly important in todays world of asymmetric enemies. This growing threat requires new techniques and technologies for detection of agents by individuals while wearing their protective gear. Todays methods for detection of… More

Plenoptic Imager for Automated Surface Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Milder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,419.00
Abstract:
Autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic systems require information about their surroundings in order to navigate properly. A video camera machine vision system can supply position information of external objects, but no range information. Ideally, a system that, in one package, provides… More

Radiation Hard Multi-Layer Optical Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,672.00
Abstract:
Next-generation space telescopes require advanced optical coatings to provide low-loss polarization-preserving transmission/reflection of light in a variety of spectral ranges. These coatings also need to protect optical components as well as the coatings themselves, from damage in a space… More

Optimization of scandate high current density cathodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Ohio University
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, President
Award Amount: $749,943.00
RI Contact: Shane L. Gilkey
Abstract:
Evolving commercial and military requirements for high-frequency power amplification are driving the demand for modern vacuum electronics devices. The explosion of wideband RF communications, space-based communication, and geolocation, as well as advanced military radars and directed energy sources,… More

Conformable Thermoelectric Device for Waste Heat Scavenging in Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of New Orleans
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
NASA space exploration missions stand to benefit from reliable means to conserve energy that is otherwise given off as waste heat. Thermoelectric generators have demonstrated the potential for scavenging waste heat energy, yet are still limited by technical and geometrical boundaries that must be… More

Plenoptic Camera Based Single Aperture Passive Rangefinder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Presently the Marines use a wide range of handheld, head mounted, and weapons-mountable optical systems. These devices serve many functions; from visible and night vision imaging to target designation and ranging. Optical rangefinders employed by the Marines mostly utilize active laser sources.… More

Visibility Through Foliage - A Plenoptic Sensor for Riverine Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $599,990.00
Abstract:
Threat of attack from within obscuring foliage is a very real threat to U.S. riverine craft or other marine operations close to shore. Generally, this asymmetric situation allows opposing forces to hide undetected within or behind bushes and trees until an opportune moment for attack. On the other… More

Highly Novel Detection Approaches to Human Volatile Organic Compound Signature Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Founder and V.P of Techno
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Commercial gas sensors employ a number of different transduction mechanisms depending on the nature and reactivity of the gas and include systems based on optical, electrical and mass detection. Recent advances in gas sensor technology have provided even more sensitivity and are poised to increase… More

Hyperspectral Infrared (IR) Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Postdoctoral Scientist
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
Multispectral zinc sulfide (ZnS) because of its good visible and near infrared transmission as well as the 3-5 micron and, more importantly, the 8-12 micron range along with its good thermal shock resistance is one of a number of materials used as infrared windows. The window serves to protect the… More

Novel Highly-Linear Imprint Nanowire FET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Milder, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $98,964.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes to design a nanowire-based FET (NWFET) around an advanced nanolithographic imprint methodology which will lead to a scalable and economically competitive manufacturing process. The NWFET will consist of Si nanowires etched from an epitaxially deposited single crystal layer of Si,… More

Multiplexed Assay for the Detection of Wound-related Pathogens

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $119,993.00
Abstract:
Wound-related pathogens (WRPs) are a major challenge affecting the care of injured soldiers. Infection caused by WRPs leads to morbidity and can lead to mortality if appropriate care is not administered in a timely fashion. Therefore, rapid identification of wound related bloodstream infections in… More

Advanced Technologies for Discrete-Parts Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $749,914.00
Abstract:
Ceramics materials have great potential in a wide variety of applications but their use is often limited by the associated high cost of machining. Developing laser assisted machining (LAM) for a commercial environment will greatly mitigate these costs. Nanohmics and Dr. Y. C. Shin of Purdue… More

Nonlinear Plasmonic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
Over the past fifty years, technological advancements in the microelectronics industry have been astounding. As a result of this success, today's microfabricated devices are inexpensive, can be produced in large volumes, and can be fabricated with billions of sub-100 nm logic elements as small area… More

Light Emitting Diode Technology Deployment Involving an Aerospace Light Application Manufacture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dan Mitchell, Inorganic Chemist / P.I.
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics, Inc will develop a drop-in LED replacement for the M6363/3-2 reflector SC bayonet mount bulb used in these wingtip lighting assemblies. The Nanohmics LED replacement will have the same physical dimensions as well as comparable light output and angular intensity while using less electrical… More

High Temperature, High Energy Density Film Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Keith Jamison, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,844.00
Abstract:
Production of long life, light weight, high-volumetric-energy-density, high-voltage bus capacitors, which are stable at temperatures over 250C, would enable the electrical system of an electric vehicle to operate at a higher temperature, thereby readying these systems for next-generation SiC-based… More

Vacuum Microelectronic Thermoelectric Cooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Donald Patterson, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The $100B thermal control market is dominated by compressed gas technology. Peltier devices are an interesting solid state alternative to standard compressor technology; however, these devices are grossly inefficient and are not capable of removing massive quantities of heat. Nonetheless, a solid… More

Ponderomotive Field Effect Transistor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Texas
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Founder & VP Technology Dev.
Award Amount: $99,883.00
RI Contact: Gennady Shvets
Abstract:
Over the past fifty years, technological advancements in the microelectronics industry have been astounding. As a result of this success, today's microfabricated devices are inexpensive, can be produced in large volumes, and can be fabricated with billions of sub-100 nm logic elements as small area… More

Perfectly Impedance-Matched Negative Index High Temperature Selective Emission Films for Thermophotovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew J. Milder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,915.00
Abstract:
Thermophotovoltaic(TPV) energy conversion produces electrical power from heat energy in a simple, low maintenance manner ideal for certain NASA applications. Currently, thermophotovoltaics suffer from low efficiencies, where only a small fraction of the total thermal energy is converted to… More

Multiplexed Assay for the Detection of Wound-related Pathogens

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President Technology
Award Amount: $729,988.00
Abstract:
Wound-related pathogens (WRPs) are a major challenge affecting the care of injured soldiers. Infection caused by WRPs can lead to mortality in the event rapid identification and medical diagnosis of wound-related bloodstream infections is not accomplished in a timely fashion. However, limited… More

Hyperspectral Infrared (IR) Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $749,974.00
Abstract:
Multispectral zinc sulfide, because of its good optical transmittance in the visible, near infrared, MWIR, and LWIR spectral bands, is one of a number of materials used extensively as a"hyperspectral"window. Such windows serve as primary protection for sensitive multi-band electro-optic… More

Light Emitting Diode Replacement for MIL6363/3-2: The LED NavLight

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dan Mitchell, Senior Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $749,984.00
Abstract:
Standard filament light bulbs are being replaced by light emitting diode (LED) technology at a rapid pace in areas as diverse as automotive and commercial / residential lighting. LED"s provide relatively high efficiency in a compact device but the major selling point is the extended life span,… More

Laser DEW Threat Detection System for UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,993.00
Abstract:
With improved performance in directed energy weapons (DEW), the susceptibility of modern weapon, reconnaissance, and surveillance systems - in particular those with optical sensors - is acute. Recent interest in protection of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and their sensor suites has become… More

Highly Novel Detection Approaches to Human Volatile Organic Compound Signature Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Vice President Technology
Award Amount: $749,980.00
Abstract:
The ability to perform rapid, highly sensitive and selective detection of a complex Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) signature profiles is important for applications ranging from acute situational health and safety assessment to suspect/target identification. Commercial gas sensors employ a number of… More

Laser Cladding Modeling and Operation Applied to Plasma Facing Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Timothy Raines, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
PFC materials must withstand a very harsh environment. The most cost effective means of meeting these requirements is by selectively depositing specialized materials, particularly refractory metals or carbon fiber composites, to regions where the harshest conditions occur. These materials are… More

Integrated THz Plasmonic Chemical and Biological Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Principal Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,985.00
RI Contact: Gennady Shvets
Abstract:
Detection of chemical and biological threats is becoming increasingly important in today"s world of asymmetric enemies. The threat of attack using chemical and biological warfare (CBW) agents has increased significantly both abroad and at home due to the availability of information and large… More

High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Shvets Group
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, Materials Chemist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,977.00
RI Contact: Gennady Shvets
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Recent advances in manufacturing in Inverted Metamorphic Multi-junction (IMM) cells have opened new terrestrial opportunities that demand high specific power as a key enabling component. Originally designed for space applications, IMM photovoltaics have a high overall power conversion… More

Plasmonic Enhancement of Receiver Circuits for Energy Harvesting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Andrew Milder, Senior Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $79,942.00
RI Contact: Gennady Shvets
Abstract:
Nanohmics and Professor Gennady Shvets at the University of Texas at Austin propose to develop a Multi-Spectral RectennaTM (MSR) composed of a large area flexible sheet of plasmonic absorber structures coupled to an advanced scintered nanoparticle diode junction material. The resulting film would… More

Laser Direct Deposition Applied to the Manufacturing of Bulk, Net Shaped Metallic Glasses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,944.00
Abstract:
Manufacturing of bulk metallic glasses (BMG) requires very rapid cooling and some recent work in laser direct deposition or laser engineered net shaping (LENS) techniques has indicated the possibility of producing net shaped bulk quantities of these materials. To date several groups have had some… More

Military Freefall Handheld High Altitude High Open (HAHO) Android Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $148,902.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics Inc. proposes the development of navigation app on an Android handheld that integrates directly with the current Nanohmics military free fall navigation system (GlideLine). The proposed Android handheld will wirelessly accept a mission file generated by the jumpmaster and use this file… More

Threat Assessment Sensor Suite (TASS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: There is a need for space optical systems that have high sensitivity and can stare over a super-wide field of regard without the complexity, size, weight, and cost associated with scanners or wide-angle optics. Nanohmics proposes to build and test a novel, low-cost optical system for… More

Increased Infrared (IR) Sensor Angle of Regard for Conformal/Special Operations Force

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Optical sensors are extensively used in aircraft for a variety of purposes. The majority of these sensors are situated behind windows, which provide the interface between the aircraft interior and the outside world. The window must be transparent in the spectral bands of interest, and… More

Plenoptic Wavefront Sensing for Tactical Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
Wavefront sensors for adaptive-optics systems have traditionally been used in conditions where atmospheric turbulence is relatively weak and concentrated near the pupil of the optical system. Several generations of rotating radial grating, Shack-Hartmann, and modal wavefront sensors have been… More

Laser DEW Threat Detection System for UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $1,538,623.00
Abstract:
A significant fraction of new battlefield instrumentation is based on lasers and the performance of directed energy weapons (DEW) has improved. Therefore, the susceptibility of modern weapon, reconnaissance, and surveillance systems in particular those with optical sensors is acute. Recent… More

Advanced Antireflective Coatings for Polycarbonate Lenses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Texas State University
Principal Investigator: Donald E. Patterson, Senior Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,889.00
RI Contact: Reddy Venumbaka
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Robust optical coatings are of great importance across a broad spectrum of applications. Hard, durable, stress-free coatings are needed and used in everything from ophthalmic polymers to infrared optics. One of the principal shortcomings of typical inorganic oxide, nitride, and sulfide… More

High specific power flexible integrated IMM photovoltaic blanket

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Qizhen "Jim" Xue, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,981.00
Abstract:
Originally designed for space applications, multi-junction solar cells have a high overall power conversion efficiency (>30%) which compares favorably to amorphous silicon, CIGS and bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices which are limited to<10%. Recent advances in manufacturing of Inverted… More

Secure Nano Electromechanical Systems-based Software-Defined Radio

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ricardo Ramirez, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,996.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes the integration of two major paradigms to optimize and improve current EVA communication systems. To address the implementation of tunable front-end transceivers, nanoimprint methodologies will be used to create nanoscale dimensions sub-systems designed to fit flexible printed… More

Handheld tactical multi-band advanced FPA system

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, VP Research and Development – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,994.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Nanohmics Inc., working in collaboration with Professor Gennady Shvets at the University of Texas at Austin, proposes to develop a handheld tactical imaging system for tunable band imaging based on a sensor array that can be fabricated directly on silicon, but uses a novel detection… More

Increased Infrared (IR) Sensor Angle of Regard for Conformal/Special Operations Force

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Principal Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $749,844.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Nanohmics is proposing a technology development program that will result in infrared optical components (windows, lenses, and domes) that have high-performance broadband anti-reflection, large angle-of-regard, and anti-erosion properties. The underlying technology is based on a new… More

Plenoptic Wavefront Sensing for Tactical Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $749,911.00
Abstract:
Wavefront sensors for adaptive-optics systems have traditionally been used in conditions where atmospheric turbulence is relatively weak and concentrated near the pupil of the optical system. Recently, the need to perform adaptive optics compensation for strong and distributed turbulence has kindled… More

Military Freefall Handheld High Altitude High Open (HAHO) Android Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Senior Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) parachute insertions are a clandestine means of delivering soldiers and equipment into hostile territory. HAHO operations involve complex planning and integration of dynamic geographic, meteorological, and tactical data. For example, changes in the wind altitude… More

Rapid Sample Transport in Austere Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Experimental Physicist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Attaining rapid transportation of samples 50-1000 miles in an austere environment requires air transportation. Past applications have included UAV"s which transport the sample to selected location and drop the sample via guided parachute These systems can be quite accurate but they are… More

Non-Mechanically Moving Solar Directing System for Photovoltaic Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, VP Research and Developme – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,985.00
Abstract:
The benefits of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems with regard to total system efficiency are well known in commercial applications and operate at system efficiencies near 30% with some demonstration systems operating above 40%, compared with 15-20% peak efficiency for conventional PV. Because… More

Anti-Tamper Technology for Missile Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Milder, Physicist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
Anti-Tamper systems are designed to prevent and/or delay the exploitation of critical technologies. One of the major tools for reverse engineering is x-ray imaging, often used with computer-aided tomography to enable 3-dimensional information gathering of an IC structure. Thus, a device which can be… More

Innovative NOx Sensor for Tailpipe Emissions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dan Mitchell, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,994.00
Abstract:
Diagnostic characterization of tailpipe emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx) is becoming increasingly important as environmental concern and government regulations are requiring the use of complex NOx monitoring and destruction schemes, especially in diesel fueled engines. As these… More

Laser Cladding Applied to the Construction of PFCs with Integral Tritium Diffusion Barriers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,965.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
Selection of the Plasma-Facing Component (PFC) material composition is a primary consideration in future fusion reactor design. The PFC materials must not only withstand the harsh operating conditions of the reactor, but the amount of tritium uptake experienced by the PFC during… More

Portable Android Based Plenoptic Ophthalmic Slit Lamp

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Rapid evaluation of ocular injuries in austere environments requires the acquisition and transmission of visual examination data by relatively unqualified individuals due to the lack of qualified ophthalmologists or optometrists in many remote, hostile, or disaster regions. In order to be useful for… More

Wide Field-of-View Imaging System with Active Mitigation of Turbulence Effects for Tactical Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Mitigation, correction, or cancellation of the deleterious effects of atmospheric turbulence on wide field of view (WFOV) imagery is desired to increase the efficiency and accuracy of visual tasks performed at a distance. With recent advances in optical components, coatings, microfabrication, and… More

Metamaterial Enhanced Thermophotovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Texas Austin
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, VP Research and Developme – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $79,988.00
RI Contact: Contracts A. Grants
Abstract:
Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion produces electrical power from heat energy using, in its most basic form, a thermal emitter and a photovoltaic converter. Since these systems typically have no or few moving parts, they provide a long term maintenance-free power generation. Key factors… More

Wide Spectral Band Laser Threat Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Texas Austin
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $79,992.00
RI Contact: Gennady Shvets
Abstract:
US troops and equipment are increasingly at risk for irradiation by lasers, whether it be from enemy targeting and ranging systems, designators, or high-energy lasers as weapons themselves. Countering the threat requires detection of the incident laser radiation, the direction from which it is… More

Ultra-efficient Thermoelectric Cooling Module for Satellite Thermal Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, VP Research&Development – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,992.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Military space assets can have special constraints in form factor and function. For example, fluid cooling systems normally used for electronics and sensor cooling suffer numerous drawbacks in space applications. Conversely, compact, solid-state thermoelectric devices provide many… More

A High Throughput Assay for MHC-Peptide Interactions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Steve M. Savoy – 512-389-9990
Award Amount: $279,851.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The ability to print full-scale tissue analogues with realistic look, feel, and material properties directly from medical imaging data would have wide application in the MedSim market including planning and rehearsing patient-specific surgical cases,… More

FlashLED: A Reusable Extended Light Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dan Mitchell, Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,951.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Nanohmics proposes to develop the FlashLED, a reusable extended artificial light source. Using commercial off the shelf (COTS) light emitting diodes (LEDs) and custom optics, it is possible to create a lighting system that matches the luminous output of the flash bulb with triggerability… More

Infrared-Transparent Electromagnetic Shield

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Byron Zollars, Chief Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $79,985.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes to develop and demonstrate a surface layer with high electrical conductivity that also has high transmittance in the MWIR band. The layer can be coated on optical windows or domes to shield electromagnetic interference (EMI). The proposed EMI shielding optical coating is… More

Adaptive Diesel Engine Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joshua Ruedin, Principal Investigator – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
Nanohmics proposes a combined software/hardware solution to reduce the volume of fuel consumed by the MTVR engine during mission operations while increasing the power output of the engine. These goals will be reached thru modification of the Caterpillar C12 enabling full and independent control of… More

Laser Direct Deposition Applied to the Manufacturing of Bulk, Net Shaped Metallic Glasses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Mike Durrett, Principal Scientist – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $998,159.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop reactive composite materials with sufficient strength and stiffness to serve as structural components for penetrating weapons and other munitions. The composites will consist of two materials that react with each other, in either oxidation-reduction (such as in a thermite) or… More

High Index of Refraction Materials for Printed Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Savoy, VP Research and Development – (512) 389-9990
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Modern electrical and opto-electronic devices are predicated on controlled deposition and patterning of material layers (e.g. semiconductor, conductor, and dielectrics). Vacuum thin film and other evaporative methods, in combination with microlithography, have long dominated this… More