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Conformal Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Antireflective Coatings

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
ZT Solar, Inc
202 E. Border St., Suite 149 Arlington, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Conformal Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Antireflective Coatings
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0007
Award Amount: $100,000.00


ABSTRACT: The objective of this STTR Phase I proposal is to investigate the feasibility of a hybrid organic/inorganic gradient index anti-reflective (GRIN-AR) coating on both rigid and flexible substrates, based on the resonant infrared matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE) process. The hybrid organic/inorganic material approach enables both optical index control, as well as mechanical and thermal durability. The precise control of RIR-MAPLE based film deposition is perfectly suited for GRIN-AR formation since it will allow for the discrete deposition of multi-component hybrid nanocomposites while varying the composition to achieve a GRIN film. The resulting GRIN-AR structure can have the desired reflection of less than 0.5% over the wavelength range of interest (400-750nm) for wide incident angles, with proper control of the index profile. The coating could also be applied to any rigid or flexible substrate for conformal/wearable optics applications. BENEFIT: The mission of ZT Solar is to commercialize optical coating materials and processes to provide cost effective antireflective coatings. The success of the proposed conformal hybrid organic/inorganic GRIN-ARTM structure, based on the RIR-MAPLE process, can offer an environmentally durable, UV-protected AR coating for military and commercial applications such as wearable electronics, protective eye wear and energy efficient light weight solar control coatings.

Principal Investigator:

Eric Cline
Senior Scientist
(908) 247-2836

Business Contact:

Fang Lin
(817) 301-4649
Small Business Information at Submission:

ZT Solar Inc.
1120 South Freeway Fort Worth, TX 76104-

EIN/Tax ID: 260158103
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Duke University
Office of Research Support
2200 W. Main St., Suite 710
Durham, NC 27705-4677
Contact: Phillip Grosshans
Contact Phone: (919) 681-5132