Low-Cost, High-Throughput Roll-to-Roll Printing of Integrated Photonic Devices on Flexible Substrates via a Combination of Nanoimprinting and Ink-Jet

Period of Performance: 03/01/2012 - 11/30/2012


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Omega Optics, Inc.
8500 Shoal Creek Road, Bldg4/Ste200 Array
Austin, TX 78757
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Texas at Austin
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 160 J. J. Pickle Research Campus
Austin, TX 78758
Institution POC


ABSTRACT: In this program, Omega Optics, Inc., in collaboration with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and the University of Texas at Austin, proposes low-cost, high-throughput roll-to-roll (R2R) printing of integrated photonic devices by using a high-rate R2R ink-jet printing system in conjunction with a high-rate R2R nanoimprint lithography (R2RNIL) system and demonstrate fabrication of photonic devices utilizing sub-wavelength (1meter/min) continuous processing. The customized R2R high-rate ink-jet print engine will provide precise placement of functional materials, including semiconductor membranes, polymers, organics, bio-inspired materials, nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles etc, whereas R2RNIL will provide sub-wavelength (