Instrumentation for Nanoscale Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0211
Agency Tracking Number: F08B-T30-0027
Amount: $99,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-BT30
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
Small Business Information
RHK Technology Inc
1050 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI, 48083
DUNS: 023292972
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zhouhang Wang
 Chief Technology Officer
 (248) 577-5426
 wang@rhk-tech.com
Business Contact
 Michael Kloc
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (248) 577-5426
Email: kloc@rhk-tech.com
Research Institution
 University of Rochester
 L. Novotny
 The Institute of Optics
275 Hutchinson Road
Rochester, NY, 14627
 (585) 275-5767
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This STTR will provide a prototype Electronics Package that integrates disparate streams of spectrographic and topographic data to provide high resolution imaging and chemical specificity at the nanoscale. It will enable development of a commercial instrument delivering routine near-field tip-enhanced optical imaging with spatial resolutions in the range of 10-50nm along with topographic (Atomic Force Microscopy) and transport (Scanning Tunneling Microscopy) determinations. It will allow vibrational spectroscopy (Raman scattering, infrared absorption) to be performed with the same nanometer scale resolution. The prototype will use established MURI program know-how and RHK''s 25-year track record of developing and commercializing crucial AFM/STM controllers and sophisticated, integrated systems for atomic imaging. BENEFIT: This project enables simultaneous characterization of multiple materials and device properties on the nanoscale without a priori information about the material. This unique capability benefits Military/National Security by providing a previously unavailable means to screen for and reverse engineer high energy density materials, radar absorbing materials, biologically active nano-systems, and nuclear nanomaterials. Broad Commercial nanotech applications include life- and bio-science cell diagnostics, nano-pharmaceuticals, semiconductor process characterization and failure analysis, catalysis, etc.

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