Low-Cost, High Throughput, Roll-to-Roll Ink-Jet Manufacturing of Hybrid Electronic Systems on Flexible Substrates

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$743,148.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-11-C-0704
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-031-0214
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T031
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
10306 Sausalito Dr, Austin, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
102861262
Principal Investigator:
Harish Subbaraman
Research Scientist
(512) 996-8833
harish.subbaraman@omegaoptics.com
Business Contact:
Gloria Chen
Contracts Manager
(512) 996-8833
gloria.chen@omegaoptics.com
Research Institution:
The University of Texas at Austin
Ray T Chen and Ananth Do
10100 Burnet Rd, PRC/MER 160,
Bldg 160
Austin, TX, 78758-
(512) 471-7035
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Realizing the tremendous demand and commercialization potential of flexible electronic components for modern systems, Omega Optics, Inc., together with the University of Texas at Austin, propose Low-Cost, High Throughput, Roll-to-Roll Ink-Jet Manufacturing of Hybrid Electronic Systems on Flexible Substrates. In the Phase I program, using an ink-jet developed 2-bit 1x4 Phased Array Antenna (PAA) system, beam steering of 3GHz signal from 0 to 13.6 degrees was demonstrated on a flexible substrate. Bottom illuminated organic solar cells were fabricated, and using a new type of copolymer, diketopyrrolopyrolecopolymers, a high PCE of 4.7% was achieved. In the Phase II program, high-rate roll-to-roll manufacturing of organic and inorganic electronic devices on flexible substrates will be investigated. Key manufacturing related issues such as in-line alignment control, quality assurance, etc, will be addressed. Using a customized ink-jet print engine, high-rate development of electronic components will be performed. Gaining vital information from a single ink-jet printer, a two-stage continuous high-rate roll-to-roll ink-jet printing system with print speeds of 20-30m/min at throughput of 150m^2/hr will be developed. As a proof of concept of this enabling technology, high throughput manufacturing of solar cell powered flexible PAA communication system on a Kapton substrate, a common material used for PC board, is proposed. These objectives are targeted at developing unique multifunctional inorganic, organic and bio-inspired hybrid electronic system architectures on flexible substrates that can only be achieved with printing.

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