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Plasmonic MEMS Sensor Array

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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Five Stones Research Corporation
5767 Cove Commons Drive Suite 103c Hampton Cove, AL 35741-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Plasmonic MEMS Sensor Array
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0022
Award Amount: $740,304.00


Sensor development researchers and engineers have perpetually sought novel methods to reduce sensor size and improve performance. Continued miniaturization of sensors through micromachining has enabled novel applications and introduced new paradigms for engineered systems to interact with the world. The challenge has always been to improve performance while continually reducing size. In the current state-of-the-art, miniaturized sensors are often pushing the limits of physics, fighting against the effects of reduced scale on sensor mechanics. Meanwhile, in unconnected fields of research, physicists and chemists have been exploring methods for phenomenally sensitive detection of chemical and biological substances through controlled utilization of surface plasmons. Significant progress in this field over the past decade has led to tremendous advances in our ability to detect minute changes in physical and chemical properties very near to a nanostructured surface. Despite these advances, the field of plasmonics has largely been focused on chemical and biological detection. It is our contention, however, that plasmonics can serve a viable and effective role in a wide range of sensing needs. By combining the extreme sensitivity of plasmonic coupling with the versatility of micromachined sensing, this research effort will result in prototype sensor arrays using plasmonics.

Principal Investigator:

K. L. Kelly
Design Engineer
(256) 541-9639

Business Contact:

Anthony E. Green
Chief Financial Officer
(256) 975-0848
Small Business Information at Submission:

Five Stones Research Corporation
5767 Cove Commons Drive Suite 103c Hampton Cove, AL 35741-

EIN/Tax ID: 208898544
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Northwestern University
Dept. of Chemistry c/ VanDuyne
2145 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60208
Contact: Richard P. Van Duyne
Contact Phone: (847) 491-3516