SBIR Phase II: Batch Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio Metallic AFM Probes

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1058576
Agency Tracking Number: 1058576
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: Phase II
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NaugaNeedles LLC
11300 Decimal Dr., Louisville, Louisville, KY, 40299-2444
DUNS: 799015305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mehdi Yazdanpanah
 (502) 619-5156
 mehdi@nauganeedles.com
Business Contact
 Mehdi Yazdanpanah
Title: PhD
Phone: (502) 619-5156
Email: mehdi@nauganeedles.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to develop a low-cost manufacturing process to produce conductive and high-aspect-ratio probes for atomic force microscopy (AFM). A new fabrication tool with high-precision alignment and in-situ process monitoring sensors will be designed and constructed. The probes (so-called NeedleProbes) will be fabricated in a batch process that can pattern an entire wafer of conventional AFM probes with freestanding metal alloy nanowire tips. The broader/commercial impacts of this project will be the potential to provide affordable, conductive and high-aspect-ratio AFM probes that would be well suited in biology for cell scanning and probing, and materials science for imaging of ultra-high-aspect-ratio structures, and electronic measurement of nanostructures. The current fabrication method of AFM probes is a serial process that produces approximately five probes per hour. The advancement in this project toward batch fabrication is expected to extend far beyond the current fabrication method and result in a price reduction of the probes by a factor of 5.

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