SBIR Phase I: Advanced Lift-off Technology for Low cost III-V Solar Cell Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637976
Agency Tracking Number:
0637976
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MICROLINK DEVICES INC
6457 W HOWARD ST, SUITE 135, M/S 800, NILES, IL, 60714
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
135553472
Principal Investigator:
Noren Pan
Ph.D
(847) 588-3001
noren_pan@mindspring.com
Business Contact:
Noren Pan
Ph.D
(847) 588-3001
noren_pan@mindspring.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I research project will develop a lower cost high quality compound semiconductor thin film for advanced renewable energy technology. This program will investigate Multiple-layer Epitaxial Lift Off (MELO) technique as it applies to a group of Photovoltaic (PV) epitaxial structures grown on GaAs. Current state of the art PV devices are fabricated on expensive GaAs substrates, which are then incorporated into the final product at high costs. MELO will significantly reduce the cost down to the epitaxial material costs alone by spreading the total manufacturing cycle over many structures on one wafer. The company will have established a 100mm diameter Epitaxial Lift Off technology that has been extended to the maximum number of epitaxial structures that can be grown on one wafer. The broader impact of this proposed activity includes the possibility to produce any structure compatible with MELO technology. This may include lower cost Hetero-Bipolar Transistor (HBT) devices that directly benefit from the transfer to more suitable thermally dissipative and electrically isolated substrates.

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