Deterministic fabrication of aligned carbon nanotube array and device architectures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0217
Agency Tracking Number: O10B-004-4008
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD10-T004
Solitcitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
Absolute Nano, LLC
303 S. Main #304, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-
Duns: 964561802
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 A. Hart
 Chief Technology Officer
 (617) 319-9617
 john@absolutenano.com
Business Contact
 Steven Vozar
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 645-8841
Email: steve@absolutenano.com
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 John Hart
 2350 Hayward Street
Ann Arbor, MI, MI, 48109-2125
 (734) 615-6146
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this Phase I STTR project, we plan to demonstrate a new platform for engineering the diameter and packing density of vertically aligned CNT"forests", based on a scalable"blade casting"method of spatially directed evaporative self-assembly of metal catalyst nanoparticles. Using these self-assembled catalyst arrays, CNT forests will be grown by atmospheric pressure thermal CVD, taking advantage of the rapid control capability of the SabreTube furnace system developed by Absolute Nano. The catalysts arrays and CNT forests will be characterized and CNTs by atomic force and electron microscopy, and their key attributes will be compared. In parallel, starting from patterned CNT arrays grown from thin film catalysts, we will prototype and characterize a novel interpenetrating thin-film CNT (IPCNT) capacitor device architecture. At the end of Phase I, we aim to integrate the self-assembly and patterning methods for production of IPCNT device arrays having geometrically-specified properties, and commercialize a blade-casting tool as an instrument for self-assembly of nanoparticles.

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