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A Low-Cost, High-Performance Colloidal Quantum Dot LWIR FPA for Hyperspectral Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-14-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0400
Amount: $1,049,952.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD13-105
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-29
Small Business Information
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Damaris Kroeber
 (630) 226-0080
Business Contact
 Christoph Grein
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Phone: (630) 226-0086
Research Institution

The primary goal of this proposed work is to develop a long wavelength infrared (LWIR) colloidal quantum dot (CQD)-based focal plane array (FPA) and show its feasibility when used in a camera system and a hyperspectral imaging system. Phase I results cumulated in the first-ever synthesis of photoresponsive LWIR CQDs and CQD-based photodetectors at the single device level operating at room temperature. Furthermore, a CQD film compatible, commercially available read out integrated circuit (ROIC) was identified. These three accomplishments will allow the Sivananthan Laboratories team, with the help of the Guyot-Sionnest group at the University of Chicago, to develop a fully functional FPA during Phase II. The Guyot-Sionnest group will apply their substantial expertise to improve synthesis methods to create CQDs with the desired optical absorption and electrical properties in the 8-12 micron cutoff range at room temperature. The Sivananthan Laboratories group will leverage its extensive experience in nanotechnology, infrared technologies, device design and fabrication, as well as infrared camera design and hyperspectral imaging to build a low-cost LWIR camera and a hyperspectral imaging system.

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