Nanoscale Chemical Analysis using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (nano-LIBS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number: A045-011-0100
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-T011
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
123 Crosby Ct. #3, Walnut Creek, CA, 94598
DUNS: 147539378
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jong Yoo
 Chief Scientist
 (408) 945-7753
Business Contact
 Richard Russo
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (925) 330-1431
Research Institution
 University of California Berkeley
 Pat Sullivan
 Sponsored Projects Office, 336 Sproul Hall MS 5940
Berkeley, CA, 94720
 (510) 642-0120
 Nonprofit college or university
As nanotechnology fabrication develops internationally, the availability of tools for ensuring that materials and systems abide by their chemical design characteristics becomes essential. In order for nanotechnology to mature, diagnostic instruments must be developed to detect and analyze physical and chemical properties with spatial resolution much less than the dimensions of the nanostructures (materials and devices). The basis of this proposal is to address this need by expanding the capabilities of LIBS (laser induced breakdown spectroscopy) to the nanoscale. LIBS-based diagnostic systems have been developed for military and industrial applications because of the advantages of sensitive real-time analysis and in-situ measurement capabilities. The Phase I effort will demonstrate the feasibility of performing nanometer spatially resolved chemical analysis based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (nano-LIBS). The nano-LIBS system (to be prototyped in Phase II) will provide the capability for imaging the morphology of the sample, with selection of individual nanoparticles and nanostructures for chemical analysis . The proposed system will utilize NSOM (Near-field Scanning Optical Microscopy) ablation capability with nanosecond and femtosecond pulsed laser excitation, and intensified optical detection, to chemically analyze individual nanoparticles on surfaces (as opposed to particles in an aerosol stream) and nanostructures.

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