Plasmonic Enhancement of Receiver Circuits for Energy Harvesting

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0452
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-003-0509
Amount: $79,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T003
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Milder
 Senior Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
 amilder@nanohmics.com
Business Contact
 Michael Mayo
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: mmayo@nanohmics.com
Research Institution
 The University of Texas at Austin
 Gennady Shvets
 Office of Sponsored Projects
101 N. 27th Street, Suite 400
Austin, TX, 78712-1500
 (512) 471-7371
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Nanohmics and Professor Gennady Shvets at the University of Texas at Austin propose to develop a Multi-Spectral RectennaTM (MSR) composed of a large area flexible sheet of plasmonic absorber structures coupled to an advanced scintered nanoparticle diode junction material. The resulting film would generate rectified current vertically, from the plasmonic strips to the underlying mirror layer, enabling larger active area development, low-cost, truly scaleable fabrication, and high conversion efficiency. The plasmonic elements are fabricated using nanoimprint lithography and serve as active transducers for visible, near-IR and SWIR energy conversion via a novel field-enhanced charge accumulation pathway. The integrated devices interface directly to the underlying metal electrode. This method will enable high efficiency conversion in a large area, low-cost, scalable processing method.

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