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Company Information:

Company Name: PICOCAL, Inc.
City: Ann Arbor
State: MI
Zip+4: 48103-8012
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (734) 972-9348

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $949,671.00 6
SBIR Phase II $1,963,535.00 3
STTR Phase I $149,869.00 1

Award List:

SBIR Phase I: Low Noise Scanning Thermal Microscopy for Defect Detection and Characterization of Semiconductor Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Shamus McNamara, PI
Award Amount: $99,925.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Phase I project addresses a scanning thermal microscope (SThM) system, which can be used for measuring thermal parameters such as temperature, thermal conductance, and heat capacity in nanotechnology, semiconductor, and biological applications. The SThM… More

SBIR Phase I: Micromachined Four Point Probes for Electrical Characterization at the Nano-Scale

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Angelo R. Gaitas, MBA
Award Amount: $99,844.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of a state-of-the-art enabling system for measuring sheet resistance in thin films and nanostructures for microelectronics applications at the nanoscale. The proposed micromachined… More

SBIR Phase I: A High-Throughput Scanning Probe Microscope Using Micromachined Ultracompliant Probe Arrays with Embedded Sensors for Simultaneous Topography and Thermal Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Angelo G. Gaitas, MBA
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a high throughput scanning probe microscopy system for measuring topography and thermal parameters in nanotechnology, bio and semiconductor applications. The need for higher throughput in scanning probe microscopy will be… More

SBIR Phase II: A High-Throughput Scanning Probe Microscope Using Micromachined Ultracompliant Probe Arrays with Embedded Sensors for Simultaneous Topography and Thermal Imag

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gaitas, MBA
Award Amount: $499,694.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to produce a commercial prototype of a state-of-the-art high throughput scanning probe microscope (HT-SPM), which can be used for measuring topography and thermal parameters in nanotechnology, bio, and semiconductor applications.… More

Novel single cell disease markers with a hybrid AFM scanning piezo-thermal probe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $400,128.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In this SBIR a powerful new tool for imaging biological samples with sub-nanometer resolution is proposed. This tool allows for information on cellular processes to be measured from the mechanical and thermal properties of living cells. To date there has been no… More

SBIR Phase I: Automated Identification and Rapid Detection of Explosives Using Piezoresistive Micro- and Nano-Cantilever Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Weibin Zhu, DEng
Award Amount: $99,776.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project develops an inexpensive, rugged piezo-resistive micro-cantilever sensor array for explosives and toxins detection with the ability for wireless data transmission. The sensor can identify analytes by changes in the electronic properties… More

STTR Phase I: Advanced Uncooled Infrared Detectors at the Nano-Scale

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Principal Investigator: Weibin Zhu, MBA
Award Amount: $149,869.00
RI Contact: Cagliyan Kurdak
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project aims to develop highly sensitive and inexpensive uncooled microbolometers using ultra-thin films of metals, metal oxides, or semi-metals. These microbolometers will be attractive for use in portable night vision devices and other thermal… More

SBIR Phase II: ERC-Small Business: Micromachined thermal probes for localized nano-manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gaitas
Award Amount: $199,920.00
Abstract:
NSF invites funding requests from current Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase II grantees to perform collaborative research with an Engineering Research Center (ERC). The goals of this collaborative effort are to provide a mutually beneficial… More

A research and drug development tool for the real time in vitro study of single c

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gaitas – 734-913-2608
Award Amount: $1,263,921.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION: In this SBIR Phase II PicoCal will develop a high throughput apparatus to measure changes in cell adhesion at the level of individual receptor-ligand interactions in real time. This tool finds critical applications in research and drug development and would allow researchers to study… More

SBIR Phase I: Electrophysiology and fluidic delivery with a nano patch-clamp probe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gaitas
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop a micromachined patch-clamp probe that enables sub-cellular imaging, electrophysiology, and fluidic delivery at the nanoscale with control of applied force at pN levels. The probe can operate like a force sensing finger… More