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SBIR Phase II: Batch Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio Metallic AFM Probes

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1058576
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
Phase II
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
NAUGANEEDLES
11300 Decimal Dr. Louisville Louisville, KY 40299-2444
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: SBIR Phase II: Batch Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio Metallic AFM Probes
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1058576
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to develop a low-cost manufacturing process to produce conductive and high-aspect-ratio probes for atomic force microscopy (AFM). A new fabrication tool with high-precision alignment and in-situ process monitoring sensors will be designed and constructed. The probes (so-called NeedleProbes) will be fabricated in a batch process that can pattern an entire wafer of conventional AFM probes with freestanding metal alloy nanowire tips. The broader/commercial impacts of this project will be the potential to provide affordable, conductive and high-aspect-ratio AFM probes that would be well suited in biology for cell scanning and probing, and materials science for imaging of ultra-high-aspect-ratio structures, and electronic measurement of nanostructures. The current fabrication method of AFM probes is a serial process that produces approximately five probes per hour. The advancement in this project toward batch fabrication is expected to extend far beyond the current fabrication method and result in a price reduction of the probes by a factor of 5.

Principal Investigator:

Mehdi M. Yazdanpanah
5026195156
mehdi@nauganeedles.com

Business Contact:

Mehdi M. Yazdanpanah
PhD
5026195156
mehdi@nauganeedles.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NaugaNeedles LLC
11300 Decimal Dr. Louisville Louisville, KY 40299-2444

EIN/Tax ID: 113817627
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No