SBIR Phase I:Inkjet Printed Antennas for Wireless Local Area Networks

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945428
Agency Tracking Number:
0945428
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
IC
Solicitation Number:
NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
MetaTenna
469 Wharton Blvd., Exton, PA, 19341
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830864687
Principal Investigator
 Adam Fontecchio
 MS
 (610) 458-2573
 fontecchio@metatenna.com
Business Contact
 Adam Fontecchio
Title: MS
Phone: (610) 458-2573
Email: fontecchio@metatenna.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 project will result in transparent, conductive organic polymer antennas that have the potential to revolutionize wireless communications. Recent advances in material science have allowed for conductive organic polymers that can enable transparent polymer structures on a variety of substrates. The principal technical activities of the project involve: i.) Developing chemical formulations and fabrication techniques to use commercial materials printers to inkjet print antennas out of flexible and transparent conductive organic polymers and ii.) Measuring the radiation efficiency, gain, and data transfer performance of the new antennas on a variety of conformal antenna structures. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project include the significant commercial potential of having antennas that are optically transparent and fabricated using additive inkjet processing techniques. Antennas can be printed on transparent stickers and adhered to different surfaces. Antennas that previously occupied valuable circuit board space on mobile devices, could be printed conformally on the surface of the device, allowing them to be miniaturized. The fabrication technique described in this proposal is also eco-friendly, making use of an all-additive processing technique that does not involve environmentally wasteful mechanical or chemical etching of metal structures.

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