Conformal Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Antireflective Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: F10B-T19-0191
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF10-BT19
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
ZT Solar Inc.
1120 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX, 76104-
DUNS: 799083089
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Cline
 Senior Scientist
 (908) 247-2836
Business Contact
 Fang Lin
Title: CFO
Phone: (817) 301-4649
Research Institution
 Duke University
 Phillip Grosshans
 Office of Research Support
2200 W. Main St., Suite 710
Durham, NC, 27705-4677
 (919) 681-5132
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: The objective of this STTR Phase I proposal is to investigate the feasibility of a hybrid organic/inorganic gradient index anti-reflective (GRIN-AR) coating on both rigid and flexible substrates, based on the resonant infrared matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE) process. The hybrid organic/inorganic material approach enables both optical index control, as well as mechanical and thermal durability. The precise control of RIR-MAPLE based film deposition is perfectly suited for GRIN-AR formation since it will allow for the discrete deposition of multi-component hybrid nanocomposites while varying the composition to achieve a GRIN film. The resulting GRIN-AR structure can have the desired reflection of less than 0.5% over the wavelength range of interest (400-750nm) for wide incident angles, with proper control of the index profile. The coating could also be applied to any rigid or flexible substrate for conformal/wearable optics applications. BENEFIT: The mission of ZT Solar is to commercialize optical coating materials and processes to provide cost effective antireflective coatings. The success of the proposed conformal hybrid organic/inorganic GRIN-ARTM structure, based on the RIR-MAPLE process, can offer an environmentally durable, UV-protected AR coating for military and commercial applications such as wearable electronics, protective eye wear and energy efficient light weight solar control coatings.

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