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Development of s-SNOM Technology to Enable AFMs Perform sub-30nm IR…

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Department of Energy
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2008 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Anasys Instruments Corp
325 Chapala St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3407
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Development of s-SNOM Technology to Enable AFMs Perform sub-30nm IR Spectroscopy and Imaging
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER86338
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Scanning Probe Microscopy, SPM, is a strategically vital tool for nanotechnology research, a 250 million dollars per year industry essential to such multibillion-dollar downstream industries as materials and pharmaceuticals. However, the single biggest drawback to SPM is its inability to obtain any chemical information on its samples. This drawback impacts DOE researchers in the Genome to Life program and corporate researchers in chemicals and pharmaceuticals. This project will develop a novel detection scheme that, together with two other proprietary ideas, promises to solve the major problems that have prevented scattering Scanning Near Field Optical Microscopy technology from becoming a commercially feasible solution. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Besides enabling the 60 percent of SPM users in Materials Research for whom chemical information on their samples is critical, the technology should enable SPMs to penetrate new markets such as life sciences and disease screening, where lack of chemical information is a major bottleneck

Principal Investigator:

Markus Raschke

Business Contact:

Roshan Shetty
Small Business Information at Submission:

Anasys Instruments Corp
25 W. Anapamu Santa Barbara, CA 93101

EIN/Tax ID: 203081525
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Univ of Washington
Dept of Chemistry
Box 351700
Seattle, WA 98195 1700
Contact: M. Raschke
Contact Phone: (206) 543-2906
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university