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Company Information:

Company Name: Applied Nanotech, Inc.
City: Austin
State: TX
Zip+4: 78758-7631
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (512) 339-5020

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,216,715.77 24
SBIR Phase II $8,211,054.00 12
STTR Phase I $539,143.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,250,206.00 2

Award List:

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $67,273.00

CBWA Decontamination Unit Based on Carbon Nanotube Cathodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Leif Thuesen, Chief Test Engineer
Award Amount: $51,007.00
Abstract:
It is proposed to use a carbon cold cathode as a source for an electron spray Chemical andBiological Warfare Agent (CBWA) decontamination unit. The goal is to design a device usingthe cold cathode source and model all of the necessary parameters of its operation. Electronbeam technology has been… More

Carbon Cold Cathode Electron Sources for Low Power Electric Propulsion Thrusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The innovation proposed here is the use of carbon thin film cathodes as an electron source for electric propulsion for microspacecraft applications. Hall and ion thrusters are two types of electric propulsion systems that are commonly used on earth-orbiting spacecraft and very recently on… More

Carbon Cold Cathode Electron Sources for Low Power Electric Propulsion Thrusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $582,333.00
Abstract:
The innovation proposed here is the use of carbon thin film cathodes as an electron source for electric propulsion for microspacecraft applications. Hall and ion thrusters are two types of electric propulsion systems that are commonly used on earth-orbiting spacecraft and very recently on… More

Fully Integrated Millimeter RF Array Using a Carbon Nanotube Cathode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $63,553.00
Abstract:
The innovation proposed here is the use of carbon nanotube (CNT) field emission cathodes incorporated into a fully integrated array of RF sources. The goal is to design, fabricate and demonstrate an integrated array of sources for RF generation in theregion of 10 GHz. By integrating the sources… More

Fully Integrated RF Array Using Carbon Nanotube Cathode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Vice President
Award Amount: $742,171.00
Abstract:
FEPET, Inc. has developed a Carbon Nanotube (CNT) cold-cathode material. It has demonstrated the use as an electron beam source in configurations that include both single-beam and arrays of beams. This document reviews the feasibility of development of aCNT-based microwave power amplifier array… More

Metal Oxide Nanoparticle CO Detector Kit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James P. Novak, Scientist
Award Amount: $90,879.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech Inc. proposes a miniaturized, low power, rapid responsive CO sensor based on molybdenum oxide nanoparticle networks applied to a thin-film transistor architecture. This sensor will be designed as a low maintenance detector for CO levels in air vehicles. Molybdenum oxide is an… More

High Current Density Carbon Nanotube Cold Cathode for TWT Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Vice President of Engineering
Award Amount: $76,410.00
Abstract:
We propose a carbon nanotube based cold cathode designed for high current density, continuous beam operation for Traveling Wave Tubes and other microwave device applications. Our approach in this proposal will be to design the CNT emitters to spread the emission current load and to heat sink the… More

Metal Oxide Nanoparticle CO Detector Kit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James P. Novak, Scientist
Award Amount: $745,388.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech, Inc. will design and develop a CO Detector Kit. The CO Detector Kit will meet MIL-STDs for environmental, shock and vibration and EMI. The CO Detector Kit will be ready at the option of the U.S. Air Force to be flight tested. A by-product of the Phase II effort will be a… More

High Current Density Carbon Nanotube Cold Cathode for TWT Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $749,000.00
Abstract:
Traveling wave tubes (TWTs) are key components for generating high frequencies and high power for communication, radar and electronic warfare. Almost all TWTs used to date in active service use thermal cathodes as the electron source needed to generate the high current density beam required for TWT… More

Dual Sensor Module for Human Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: James P. Novak, Scientist
Award Amount: $98,757.00
Abstract:
There is an urgent need detect humans hiding in shipping containers. ANI proposes an innovative chemical sensor that is miniaturized, robust, low power, low power, maintanence free, rapid responsive chemical sensor that reliably detects human(s) hiding in cargo shipping containers. ANI`s… More

Chem/Bio Sensor Network Design Tool (SNDT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Donald Shropp, Scientist
Award Amount: $99,832.00
Abstract:
Concerns over chemical and biological weapons motivate interest in ¿smart¿ building technologies that incorporate a network of sensors for Chemical and Biological (CB) threat agents. Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) proposes to collaborate with Lagus Applied Technology, Inc. (LAT) to develop and… More

CNT-Based Gas Ionizer to Replace Radioactive Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Richard L. Fink, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $128,813.00
Abstract:
In the recent past, government agencies from the US and other foreign countries have recognized the problem of orphaned radioactive sources worldwide. Such sources pose a security risk in the form of potential material for a ¿dirty bomb¿ or other illicit applications. We propose to replace Ni-63… More

A Solid-State Sensor to Identify and Quantify Contaminants in Cockpit Air

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James P. Novak, Scientist
Award Amount: $99,405.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech, Inc. will design and develop a sensor package. This sensor package will be capable of sensing various hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, particulate debris and smoke contaminants in aircraft cockpit air. Our sensor is based on solid-state sensing elements attached to a single platform… More

Solid State Hypergolic Chemical Leak Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Novak, Scientist
Award Amount: $99,149.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) proposes to develop novel Gated Metal Oxide Sensor (GMOST) technology into a device capable of sensing leaks of hypergolic fuel materials. GMOST is a robust solid state system that offers several advantages relative to convention metal oxide sensor technology… More

CNT-Based D2 Ion Source for Improved Neutron and Photon Generator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Richard L. Fink, Vice President
Award Amount: $149,955.77
Abstract:
The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) requires non-intrusive radiation detection equipment to identify special nuclear materials (SNM). Preferred neutron sources for the detection of SNM should have narrow pulse width, low source neutron energy, high yield and be based on non-radioactive… More

Gated Metal Oxide Sensors for Human Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: James P. Novak, Sr. Scientist – (512) 339-5020
Award Amount: $749,947.00
Abstract:
An essential component of an Advanced Container Security Device (ACSD) system is a low cost, low power, chemical sensor that reliably detects humans hiding in cargo shipping containers. In a Phase I SBIR effort to address this need, Applied Nanotech, Inc., ANI, has developed a solid state sensor to… More

CNT-Based Gas Ionizer to Replace Radioactive Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Richard L. Fink, Vice President
Award Amount: $996,973.00
Abstract:
The aim of this SBIR program is to develop a CNT based gas ionization source to replace radioactive 63Ni beta emitter sources used in ion detection instruments, cost effectively and without performance offsets. In Phase I, ANI worked with development partner Sionex, Inc. to establish proof of… More

Solid State Hypergolic Chemical Leak Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jamie Novak, Scientist
Award Amount: $399,977.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the two phase SBIR program is to develop a hypergolic leak detector (HLD) that can be mounted on the outside of a missile canister which is able to detect rapid changes in concentration that signal leaks of hypergolic rocket fuels and oxidizers. In Phase I Applied Nanotech,… More

Advanced Coal Research, New CO2 Monitoring Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Rice University
Principal Investigator: Igor Pavlovsky, Dr
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Frank K. Tittel
Abstract:
Scientists have proposed reducing greenhouse gas emissions by capturing combustion gases from power plants and injecting the carbon dioxide into geologic subsurface structures, where it would remain sequestered for geological periods of time. Demonstration projects are being funded by DOE to assess… More

CNT-Based D2 Ion Source for Improved Neutron and Photon Generator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Richard L. Fink
Award Amount: $264,182.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) proposes to develop a novel field ionization technology to produce a deuterium ion (D+) current for a neutron source or gamma-ray source enabling fast switching, high repetition rate and high yields. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have a high aspect ratio structure (they are… More

Solar Energy, Materials Solutions for Cells and Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Max Roundhill, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Electrical contacts are a critical part of photovoltaic technology. For these contacts, there is an increasing drive to develop improved processes that differ from current approaches based on physical vapor deposition (PVD) and photolithography. In particular, it would be desirable to develop… More

Tin Whisker Mitigation by Photonic Sintering for Sn-based Surface Finishes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Mohshi Yang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Michael Osterman
Abstract:
For decades Sn/Pb components and circuit assemblies have been used for high reliability, high performance military and Air Force applications. With new legislation intended to eliminate lead from electronics manufacturing and packaging, the next generation of high performance devices will need to… More

Conductive Ink for High Resolution 3-D Printing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Li, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
The Army is seeking a low-cost process for applying EMI grid patterns to the concave surface of a missile dome. Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) is a leader in the development of metallic nano-inks for challenging application requirements; Optomec has developed a breakthrough multi-axis direct-write… More

Standoff Detection of Nuclear Materials Using CNT-Based D2 Plasma Ion Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Develop alternative means for stand-off detection of radiological, and specifically fissile materials through their effects on, or interactions with, the environment. Potential approaches include, but are not limited to: electrostatic, thermodynamic, fluorescent, spectroscopic, magnetic or… More

Solar Energy, Materials Solutions for Cells and Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Max Roundhill, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
Electrical contacts represent a critical element of photovoltaic technology and are problematic for silicon solar cell production. Current processes that use silver and nickel/copper top contacts are not cost effective: silver is too expensive and the use of a nickel diffusion barrier adds cost… More

Carbon Stripper Foil for the Next Generation Rare Isotope Beam Facility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) will be a key tool for nuclear science that promises to change the way we view and describe the nucleus. In the RIA, a charge stripper foil will be an essential device. These foils will increase the variety of acceleration schemes and decrease accelerator… More

CNT-Based Electrostatic Atomizing Fuel Injector Promoting Fuel Combustion Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Nan Jiang, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,947.00
Abstract:
Currently, more than 62 million registered cars and 6.4 million unregistered vehicles are operating in the United States, of which 64% are powered by gasoline engines. The annual consumption of gasoline hit a record high in 2007 at about 140 billion gallons. In 2007, the US government passed a… More

Sintered Copper Ink as a Low Cost Replacement for High Temperature Solders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peter Laxton, Dr.
Award Amount: $83,551.00
Abstract:
In hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) that operate at elevated temperatures, an independent cooling loop is used to maintain the reliability of the power electronics, which otherwise would suffer from degradations related to the die-attachment method used in… More

Tin Whisker Mitigation by Photonic Sintering for Sn-based Surface Finishes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Center for Advanced Lifecycle Eng.
Principal Investigator: Mohshi Yang, PI/Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Mike Osterman
Abstract:
Missile Defense Agency is seeking new technologies to reduce the tendency to form tin whiskers in electronic assemblies and microelectronic devices. RoHS regulations enacted by the European Union have generated a global shift toward Pb-free electronic components and circuitry. Pb-free solders… More

Printed Wideband Metamaterial Antennas for Ballistic Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Univ.of Tennessee
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Aly E. Fathy
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has initiated a program to develop the next-generation Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 system to detect and jam enemy improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The objective of this proposed effort is to develop the manufacturing… More

High-Speed Method to Produce Flexible Pressure Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: James Novak, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,993.00
RI Contact: Ananth Dodabalapur
Abstract:
The promise of printed electronics can not be realized without high-speed manufacturing processes to drive the cost down for wide spread distribution. This proposal will outline the key points for rapid manufacturing of new electronic devices and systems and make recommendations for making them a… More

Novel Si Nanostructure Material for Lithium-ion Battery Anode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Nan Jiang, Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
To obtain a noticeable improvement in the specific capacity of Li-ion battery, the conventional carbonaceous anode needs to be replaced with anodes having higher energy capacity. Si is far ahead of the other metals or metalloids in terms of high energy capacity; however, practical implementation… More

Portable, Low-Cost Approach for Identification Based on Individual Scent (IBIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Uniquely identifying an individual based on biometric information can currently be performed by using fingerprints, facial images and eye scans. These techniques frequently require the cooperation or at a minimum the acknowledgement from an individual that information is being gathered from them. … More

Nanotechnology Enabled Thermal Management Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James P. Novak, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $68,338.00
Abstract:
Modern power electronics operate with greater electrical output and smaller package dimensions than ever before. This creates tremendous thermal stress on the individual components and defines stringent requirements for thermal management. Applied Nanotech, Inc. will demonstrate its CarbAl(TM)… More

Nanomaterials for High Performance Thermal Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Novak, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Modern electrical systems operate with high power consumption and as a result of the power dissipation generate much heat that can damage components and limit application lifetime. Even with the specialty materials currently used in both the electronic package as well as the mounting buss for heat… More

Carbon Stripper Foil for the Next Generation Rare Isotope Beam Facility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Dr.
Award Amount: $771,812.00
Abstract:
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a key tool for nuclear science that promises to change the way we view and describe the nucleus. A charge stripper foil is an essential device in a heavy-ion accelerator; they increase the variety of acceleration schemes and decrease the… More

Evaluation of Airborne Particle Emissions from Commercial Products Containing Eng

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: University Of Iowa
Principal Investigator: Betsy Shelton – 512-339-5020
Award Amount: $99,237.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This multiphase STTR project will result in a standard method to evaluate the release of airborne particles from commercial products that contain engineered nanomaterials during their use or disposal. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an important class of engineered… More

Ultra Lightweight High Pressure Hydrogen Fuel Tanks Reinforced With Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dongsheng Mao, Dr. – 512-339-5020
Award Amount: $149,897.00
Abstract:
One effective way to lower the weight, thus decreasing the carbon fiber usage and lowering the cost, of a CFRP tank is to improve the mechanical properties of the CFRP composite resin matrix using nano-reinforcement. Using the resin matrix itself as a source of composite strength, along with the… More

Printed Wideband Metamaterial Antennas for Ballistic Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Univ. of Tennessee - Knoxville
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, VP, Engineering – (512) 339-5020
Award Amount: $750,206.00
RI Contact: Aly Fathy
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has initiated a program to develop the next-generation Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 system to detect and jam enemy improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The objective of this proposed effort is to develop the manufacturing… More

Portable Pollen Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Texas A&M
Principal Investigator: Igor Pavlovsky, Chief Scientific Officer – (512) 339-5020
Award Amount: $99,916.00
RI Contact: Vaughn M. Bryant
Abstract:
We propose to leverage the expertise of Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) in building highly sensitive, selective, portable and versatile GC/DMS instruments, to create a system to uniquely identify a pollen species based on its VOC profile. This project will determine which VOCs shall be collected and… More

Nanotechnology Enabled Thermal Management Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Novak, Senior Scientist – (512) 339-5020
Award Amount: $729,754.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech Inc. (ANI) proposes to continue application development of its proprietary thermal management composite, (CarbAl(TM)). CarbAl(TM) is a carbon-aluminum composite with low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), high thermal conductivity, low density and low cost. The Phase I… More

Portable, Low-Cost Approach for Identification Based on Individual Scent (IBIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Fink, Executive VP – (512) 339-5020
Award Amount: $729,520.00
Abstract:
Uniquely identifying an individual based on biometric information can currently be performed by using fingerprints, facial images and eye scans. These techniques frequently require the cooperation or at a minimum the acknowledgement from an individual that information is being gathered from them. … More

High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James Novak, VP Applications Development – (512) 339-5020
Award Amount: $149,966.00
Abstract:
Applied Nanotech, Inc. proposes to partner with a leading thin-silicon solar cell manufacturer to develop highly flexible, dielectric backplane materials. ANI and its partner will take advantage of the flexibility of thin-silicon and work to provide support solutions that have excellent adhesion… More