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SBIR Phase I: Submicron Thick Nanostructured Diamond Films

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84677
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0638182
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VISTA ENGINEERING, INC.
1500 1ST AVE N, B117 BIRMINGHAM, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: Submicron Thick Nanostructured Diamond Films
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0638182
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to investigate the feasibility of using hard ultra-smooth nanostructured diamond (NSD) for application in submicron thick X-ray windows. In terms of sorting metal scrap at high speed with a micron-thick film intermittently in contact with scrap, the film must be strong, hard, adherent, crack resistant, transparent to X-rays and structured on a submicron scale. Furthermore, applications in lithography-pattern stamps require similar rigorous abrasive wear on submicron sized features. The objective of this SBIR is to investigate NSD nucleation, strength, and X-ray properties in a thin, free-standing film. The research to be conducted is: the design of support grids for the growth of free-standing submicron NSD film, methodology of optimizing adherence on selected support grids, design of prototype X-ray window based on NSD film, and testing of NSD X-ray windows. The anticipated results of this SBIR research include the first NSD data on X-ray transparency, adherence, and the abrasive-wear properties of submicron film. The commercial value of hard, ultra-smooth, adherent NSD films in the submicron and nano-ranges is just now being explored. The need for micron and submicron films that have extreme properties can be immediately found in radiation windows and lithography-like tools subjected to abrasion and wear. Evidence of the commercial value is found in the wTe company support of this research for immediate application in X-ray windows. The application of these coatings and films find commercial value in that they extend life of products, reduce pollution, reduce energy use and facilitate efficient recycling. Each of these outcomes has specific, quantifiable positive effects for society.

Principal Investigator:

Valery V. Konovalov
PhD
2059436720
vkonovalov@vistaeng.com

Business Contact:

Valery V. Konovalov
PhD
2059436720
vkonovalov@vistaeng.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VISTA ENGINEERING INC
1500 1st Ave. No Suite B117 Birmingham, AL 35203

EIN/Tax ID: 631216610
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No