Roll-to-Roll Printing of Patterned Nanomembranes on Flexible Substrates

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: FA9550-11-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: O10B-005-1033
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-T005
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
2401 Crest Line Dr., Madison, WI, -
DUNS: 96666953
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Grierson
 (608) 217-9700
Business Contact
 David Grierson
Title: Principal
Phone: (608) 217-9700
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Kim Moreland
 Research and Sponsored Program
21 N. Park Street, Suite 6401
Madison, WI, 53715-1218
 (608) 262-3822
 Nonprofit college or university
The objective of this phase I STTR project is to develop and demonstrate a roll-to-roll process for printing semiconductor and metal nanostructures with lateral dimensions as small as 100 nm on flexible substrates. systeMech will collaborate with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Prof. M.G. Lagally"s group) to develop and characterize a process for transferring semiconductor and metal nanomembranes, which have been patterned via nanoimprint lithography at the wafer-level, to flexible substrates. The transfer of nanostructures patterned at the wafer-level has significant advantages over direct nanoimprinting, including better etching capabilities and fewer distortion problems. The primary objectives for phase I are: (1) Demonstrating retrieval of patterned nanostructures using a rotating stamp, (2) Demonstrating printing of nanostructures on flexible substrates using a rotating stamp, and (3) Designing a complete roll-to-roll manufacturing process capable of patterning>0.1 square meters. These objectives will be accomplished through mechanical modeling of the manufacturing process, retrieval and printing experiments, and process characterization. systeMech is a newly-formed small business, and the founders have experience in semiconductor manufacturing, mechanics, and nanoengineering. Prof. Max Lagally at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a leader in nanomembrane processing for electronic and photonic devices and currently leads an AFOSR-funded MURI on nanomembranes.

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