SBIR Phase I:Microwave Surface-Wave Plasma Source for Large-Area, High-Throughput, High-Quality Thin-Film Manufacturing for Solar Panels and Semiconductors

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1014309
Agency Tracking Number: 1014309
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: NM
Solitcitation Number: NSF 09-609
Small Business Information
Starfire Industries
2109 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL, 61820
Duns: 119289051
Hubzone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Jurczyk
 PhD
 (708) 955-6691
 bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Title: PhD
Phone: (708) 955-6691
Email: bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop an innovative microwave surface-wave plasma source for low-cost, large-area, high-throughput conformal thin-film growth. A scalable architecture will be designed to generate high-pressure, low-temperature, narrow-gap, high-density, and damage-free microwave plasmas without the need for external magnetic fields. This project is expected to demonstrate the high-speed and large-area deposition of high-quality hydrogenated nanocrystalline and amorphous silicon thin films for high-efficiency tandem solar cells. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to provide a new plasma source with high-speed, large-area and high-quality thin film growth for applications in photovoltaic cells and other semiconductor devices. When scaled to large-areas, current Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) and Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition (PEALD) capacitive systems have limitations due to large transient Radio Frequency (RF) voltages, discharge non-uniformity and generation of arcs and surface defects between two active parallel plates. In this project, a microwave surface-wave plasma source will be developed to overcome these challenges. In addition, Starfire Industries will partner with the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions at the University of Illinois to provide educational opportunities to students.

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