STTR Phase I: Broadband Silicon-Germanium Based Quantum Dot Materials

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0930623
Agency Tracking Number:
0930623
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
MM
Solicitation Number:
NSF 06-598
Small Business Information
QuantTera
15560 N. Frank Lloyd Wright, suite B4-405, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161171223
Principal Investigator
 Matt Kim
 PhD
 (602) 214-3524
 mk@quanttera.com
Business Contact
 Matt Kim
Title: PhD
Phone: (602) 214-3524
Email: mk@quanttera.com
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Susan Tompkins
 210 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE, 19716-1551
 (302) 831-2136
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small business Technology Transfer Phase I project is to develop silicon-germanium based quantum dot materials that operate over a wide range of optical wavelengths by virtue of their composition and size distribution. This innovative material will allow the development of broadly absorbing solar cells on silicon with a single junction technology or the development of highly efficient broadband photo-detectors for telecommunications applications. Successful commercialization for this materials technology would improve performance in the areas of high speed telecommunications, and photovoltaic devices for energy conversion. Broadband detector technology for telecommunications could be a very large market since this material would allow for one detection technology to efficiently cover many wavelengths, as well as being integratable with existing silicon IC technology. For use in the photovoltaic industry, the development of a highly efficient visible to near-IR absorbing materials technology would be significant since costs can be lowered.

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