Material Surface Properties Modifications by Nonequilibrium Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: F054-028-0037
Amount: $149,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T028
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-05-01
Small Business Information
3900 Paseo del Sol, Santa Fe, NM, 87507
DUNS: 133779160
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Selwyn
 President & CEO
 (505) 471-6399
Business Contact
 Ferdinand Carasco
Title: VP Marketing & Sales
Phone: (505) 471-6399
Research Institution
 Lisa Farese
 Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ, 07030
 (201) 216-5671
 Nonprofit college or university
The Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet (APPJr) technology invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory and exclusively licensed to APJeT, Inc., is a revolutionary platform technology enabling economic application of atmospheric pressure plasma technology in an array of applications. APPJr is a non-thermal, stable, uniform discharge having 50-1000 times greater power density than conventional atmospheric plasmas such as coronas and dielectric barrier discharges. Rather than using dielectric covers on the electrodes, APPJr uses rf excitation, helium carrier gas and a patented design to avoid arcs. The APPJr technology may be used in a downstream mode in which reactive chemical species are blown out onto the substrate. This offers the advantage of being able to treat complex shapes and the ability to feed deposition precursors into the afterglow region to minimize monomer fragmentation and chamber/electrode coating. This also enables the creation of unique chemistries for deposition or surface treatment. APPJ technology may also be used in an in-situ mode in which the substrate is moved directly through the discharge, resulting in reduced consumption of feed gas and power. APJeT will design and manufacture scalable APPJr sources and demonstrate several functional coatings and surface modifications of potential interest to Air Force and commercial customers.

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