Self-Assembled Adaptive Optical Components

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
990088
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NanoSonic Inc
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Kristi Cooper
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Dr. Richard O Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: roclaus@vt.edu
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech Fiber Optics Center
 Dr. You-Xio Wang
 106 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
 (540) 231-7203
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The proposed program would demonstrate the feasibility of electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes for the low-cost fabrication of adaptive reflector membranes for space-based optical systems. ESA processing involves coating solid substrates by the alternate adsorption of anionic and cationic complexes of polymers, metallic nanoclusters and other molecules from water-based solutions at room temperature and pressure. By controlling the molecular structure created in the resulting multilayer thin film, materials with different properties may be formed, including optical filters and mirrors, electrostrictive actuator elements, ultrahigh conductivity interconnecting thin film leads, and ultrahard surface protection coatings. NanoSonic has licensed nine strategic ESA patents from Virginia Tech to enable materials and device commercialization. During the Phase I program, NanoSonic would work with Virginia Tech to demonstrate the feasibility of the ESA process for integrated reflector/actuator device fabrication, high conductivity element interconnects, and surface protecting coatings. Several large industrial partner companies would provide input during Phase I concerning ESA process scale-up and device testing, and would offer opportunities for Phase II development partnering. ~990088 ~

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