New Manufacturing Methods for Producing Large Area Graphene Foil

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N00014-11-M-0120
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB2-0218
Amount: $98,912.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB102-004
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-02-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4012 Pinckney Street, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 962771700
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Piner
 Chief Technology Officer
 (512) 232-5948
Business Contact
 Rodney Ruoff
Title: President
Phone: (512) 560-8766
Research Institution
In this Phase I SBIR project for DARPA, Graphene Materials of Austin, Texas, will design and develop new methods of manufacturing high quality monolayer and multilayer"graphene foil". The objective is to enable the production of high quality large area graphene foils for a variety of applications in nanoelectronics, thermal management, and in micro and nanoscale electro-mechanical systems. In Phase I we will build and test a new system to demonstrate the feasibility of growing single layer and multi-layer graphene as well as ultrathin graphite materials of arbitrarily large lateral dimensions. The proposed effort will offer much improved control over reaction conditions, exploit rapid heating and cooling, and will be tightly focused on methods that are scalable to large size. The metal substrate (that the graphene/ultrathin graphite will be deposited on) will be heated by RF heating. The results of Phase I will determine the best method to scale up production of graphene to large scale, which would be defined as square meters or larger. It will allow the design and construction, in Phase II, of a prototype reactor for this purpose. The goal is to aggressively target scaling for roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing of graphene and multilayer graphene foils.

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