Strain-Modulated Diamond Nanostructures for Next-Generation, Biocompatible Nanoelectromechanical Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-12-C-0102
Agency Tracking Number: A12A-017-0282
Amount: $99,667.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T017
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.
48 E. Belmont Drive, Romeoville, IL, 60446-1764
DUNS: 143371388
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hongjun Zeng
 Research Scientist
 (815) 293-0900
 zeng@thindiamond.com
Business Contact
 John Carlisle
Title: Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (815) 293-0900
Email: carlisle@thindiamond.com
Research Institution
 Princeton University
 Jeffrey Petsis
 Fourth Floor, New South Bldg.
Post Office Box 37
princeton, NJ, 18544-0036
 (609) 258-6325
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this proposal, we demonstrate fabrication and characterization of diamond nanoribbons, novel strain-modulated diamond nanostructures (SMDN). Such structures are generated by applying strain force on nano-patterned diamond film as the nanopatterns are transferred to a flexible substrate. Once the strain is released, the rigid diamond patterns are converted to highly ordered diamond nanoribbons. The nanoribbons provide a platform for investigating the electronic performance of diamond under strain and hence exploring the potential of strain-diamond electronics. These structures also convert rigid diamond into flexible shapes, which should enable them to be employed as highly biocompatible materials in implantable devices in the human body. Therefore, a study on their surface chemistry and biocompatibility will be conducted as a key part of the project. Through this Phase I project we will assess the relationship between the nanoribbon performance and the diamond manufacturing parameters. With diamond nanoribbons, we will conceptually prove if SMDN have high mobility and biocompatibility, and discover any other unique aspects of this type of nanostructure. More essentially, the results could give birth to high mobility diamond electronics and"flexible diamond"devices, each of which could bring significant value to the fields of nanotechnology, information technology industry and biomedical instruments.

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