Low-cost batch fabrication of high aspect ratio AFM tips
University of Waterloo - WatCo, Ontario, Canada
This technology is a fabrication process for high aspect ratio Atomic force microscope (AFM) tips. The key feature is that it is a low-cost batch fabrication process with potentially high yield. The process starts from a regular pyramid-shaped tips wafer, process them simultaneously to produce high aspect ratio tips.
Primary Application Area: Instrumentation & Manufacturing
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 7
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: Our technology utilizes a batch process where the entire wafer of tips is processed at the same time. This implies a very low cost for our process. Therefore, the potential profit margin is rather high for our technology.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 940
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: The technology is awarded for the Canada NSERC Idea to Innovation grant Phase I. $125,000 for one year to develop the product prototype, which include 90% product development expense and 10% IP protection and market outreach expense.
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners