Graphene Production Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0163
Agency Tracking Number: F08B-T10-0053
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-BT10
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
Small Business Information
201 Circle Drive North, Unit # 102, Piscataway, NJ, -
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nick Sbrockey
 Principal Scientist
 (732) 302-9274
 sbrockey@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: President
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: GSTompa@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
 Cornell University
 Mora C Harris
 373 Pine Tree Road
Office of Sponsored Programs
Ithaca, NY, 14850-
 (607) 255-1050
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and Cornell University are developing a flexible graphene film deposition system, for both research and production applications. In Phase I, our team demonstrated technical feasibility of scaling existing graphene process technology at Cornell to large wafer sizes. We demonstrated high quality graphene films by both silicon sublimation and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. Also in Phase I, SMI designed a beta prototype of the graphene production tool, to be built in Phase II. In Phase II, SMI will build and demonstrate the beta prototype graphene production tool. Cornell will further develop material processes and characterization technologies. We will demonstrate high quality graphene films by both CVD and silicon sublimation at large area, as well as overall low cost of ownership. We will work with a wide range of collaborators to demonstrate the properties and applications of graphene, for both defense and commercial markets. In the later stage of Phase II, we will establish the beta graphene production tool as a user facility. The operational beta prototype graphene tool will serve as a demonstration and pilot production facility for graphene materials and graphene based devices, into Phase III and beyond. BENEFIT: The recent discovery of graphene has sparked intense research, both from scientific interest in the material to technological interest in building graphene based nanodevices. Graphene has many unique properties which can be exploited for novel device applications. These properties include very high electron mobility, high thermal conductivity, high elastic modulus and a quantum Hall effect. Presently, a critical need exists for reliable and reproducible production tools for graphene film synthesis. This STTR program will develop a graphene tool platform which is scalable from initial research to ultimate high volume production, for smooth transition of graphene technical developments to the marketplace.

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