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
Contract: 0637850
Agency Tracking Number: 0637850
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
APP
301 Enterprise Dr, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Philipsburg, PA, 16866
DUNS: 806810581
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian DeForce
 Mr
 (814) 342-5898
 jeshrock@4-app.com
Business Contact
 Brian DeForce
Title: PhD
Phone: (814) 342-5898
Email: 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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