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Self-Assembled Adaptive Optical Components

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
55000
Program Year/Program:
2001 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
990088
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NanoSonic Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136-3645
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Self-Assembled Adaptive Optical Components
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed program would demonstrate the feasibility of electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes for the low-cost fabrication of adaptive reflector membranes for space-based optical systems. ESA processing involves coating solid substrates by the alternate adsorption of anionic and cationic complexes of polymers, metallic nanoclusters and other molecules from water-based solutions at room temperature and pressure. By controlling the molecular structure created in the resulting multilayer thin film, materials with different properties may be formed, including optical filters and mirrors, electrostrictive actuator elements, ultrahigh conductivity interconnecting thin film leads, and ultrahard surface protection coatings. NanoSonic has licensed nine strategic ESA patents from Virginia Tech to enable materials and device commercialization. During the Phase I program, NanoSonic would work with Virginia Tech to demonstrate the feasibility of the ESA process for integrated reflector/actuator device fabrication, high conductivity element interconnects, and surface protecting coatings. Several large industrial partner companies would provide input during Phase I concerning ESA process scale-up and device testing, and would offer opportunities for Phase II development partnering. ~990088 ~

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Kristi Cooper
5409531785

Business Contact:

Dr. Richard O Claus
President
5409531785
roclaus@vt.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

NanoSonic Inc
P.O. Box 618 Christiansburg, VA 24068

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Tech Fiber Optics Center
106 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Contact: Dr. You-Xio Wang
Contact Phone: (540) 231-7203
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university