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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
1058576
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1058576
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
Phase II
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11300 Decimal Dr., Louisville, Louisville, KY, 40299-2444
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799015305
Principal Investigator:
Mehdi Yazdanpanah
(502) 619-5156
mehdi@nauganeedles.com
Business Contact:
Mehdi Yazdanpanah
PhD
(502) 619-5156
mehdi@nauganeedles.com
Research Institute:
Stub




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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