STTR Phase I: A Lithographic Gelcasting Process using Nanoparticulates: An Enabling Technology for Mass Production of Microdevices with Nanoscale Features

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637850
Award Id:
84878
Agency Tracking Number:
0637850
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
301 Enterprise Dr, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Philipsburg, PA, 16866
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806810581
Principal Investigator:
Brian DeForce
Mr
(814) 342-5898
jeshrock@4-app.com
Business Contact:
Brian DeForce
PhD
(814) 342-5898
bsdeforce@4-app.com
Research Institution:
PA State Univ
Eric V Mockensturm
110 Technology Center Bldg
University Park, PA, 16802 7000
(814) 863-0736
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop the technology for the manufacture of complex 3-D micro-devices from an array of metal and ceramic nanometer-scale particulates. In a novel lithographic gelcasting (LGC) process, multilayer molds will be made using standard photolithography techniques used in the semiconductor industry, and each mold layer cast with nanometer-scale particulate materials. The resulting multilayer parts will then be sintered to fuse the particles into a dense solid. The innovation will expand the suite of available micro-manufacturing processes, allowing more complex parts to be made from a much wider variety of materials. The broad impact of this research will be the manufacture of micro-surgical instruments to enable the next generation of minimally invasive surgical procedures. The technology developed under the NSF STTR funding will be transferred to industry via commercialization. The technology could also have profound implications in a wide range of industries where ceramic and metal microscale devices are needed. For example, all the micro-mechanical systems being proposed such as micro air and land vehicles, micro robots, and micro surveillance system must be assembled from robust micro-components that can withstand the environments, stresses, and fatigue lives of their macroscopic counterparts.

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