STTR PHASE I: Laser Vapor Deposition for thin film functional polymers and nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740683
Agency Tracking Number: 0740683
Amount: $149,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
PO Box 159293, Nashville, TN, 37215
DUNS: 610562022
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hee Park
 (408) 386-1980
Business Contact
 Hee Park
Title: PhD
Phone: (408) 386-1980
Research Institution
 Vanderbilt University
 Richard Haglund
 110 21st Avenue, South
Suite 937
Nashville, TN, 37203
 (408) 386-1980
 Nonprofit college or university
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project will demonstrate the commercial potential of laser vapor deposition (LVD), an innovative technology for depositing functional thin films of electronic polymers and nanomaterials. In the LVD process, resonant infrared laser excitation of organic or polymer targets produces a vapor of intact material that can be deposited. LVDTM has been demonstrated for many different polymers, is fundamentally a low-temperature process, and preserves the functionality of polymers and small organic molecules. Furthermore, LVD can be used to fabricate new categories of thin-film devices incorporating biomaterials and nanocomposites. If successful, the outcome of this project will have a significant impact on the reduction to practice and the mass production of organic opto-electronics devices. Widespread adoption of solid-state lighting product such as white-light OLEDs could cut the US consumption of electricity for lighting by 29%, saving the nation's households about $125 billion in the process, according to the US Department of Energy. It would also reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saving the environment. Furthermore, the LVD will accelerate the penetration of organic electronics into the consumer space and create new applications such as flexible displays.

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