Lithography-free Manufacturing of Polymer Photonic Devices

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$999,617.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
D12PC00356
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB3-0061
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB103-004
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
50 Soldiers Field Place, Brighton, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
557201394
Principal Investigator:
Mitchell Zankin
Government Development&
(617) 621-8500
mzankin@nanoterra.com
Business Contact:
Mitchell Zankin
Government Development&
(617) 621-8500
mzankin@nanoterra.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This program is directed at developing nanomanufacturing for photonic devices. Photonic devices are typically manufactured out of rigid materials such as silicon, inorganic oxides, and semiconductors using conventional photolithographic methods and highly dedicated infrastructures. The proposed approach will provide an alternative manufacturing technique for the fabrication of photonic components made out of polymers, using field-portable, easily deployable, roll-to-roll devices. A low-footprint, low-power, portable roll-to-roll device will be developedbased on the initial prototype built under Phase I supportand ultimately ruggedized and used to fabricate nanocavity-based Raman spectrometers out of polymeric materials. Performance of the Raman spectrometers will be assessed using test molecules representative of the conventional agents (chemical / biological agents and explosives) identified as threats to military personnel. Key advantages of these spectrometers include their low-cost, ease of manufacturing and deployability, and specificity to molecular agents.

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