Protein Crystals as Patterning Elements for Nanostructured Optoelectronic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28753
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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2386 Vassar Drive, Boulder, CO, 80303
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacques Pankove
 (303) 492-5470
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Research Institution
We propose to develop a new technology for the parallel nanostructuring of optoelectronic materials. It calls for the molecular self-assembly of protein masks on a surface which has been primed with SAMs (self-assembled monolayers) which themselves have been modified, in a parallel process, by deep UV radiation. After the protein masks have been self-assembled, the process of "parallel nanometer molecular lithography" provides an entirely parallel methodology for the transfer of the nanometer-scale pattern of the mask to the substrate surface. The subsequent application of LE4 (low energy electron enhanced etching) to impress a deeper nanostructuring into the substrate material is a parallel process as well. The successful demonstration of electroluminescence from quantum dot arrays of crystalline silicon nanofabricated by the proposed techniques would provide the first advanced-concept material derived from this highly innovative approach.

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