Rockville, MD, June, 2018: AccuStrata received a new Department of Energy SBIR Phase I award for development of novel technology for combinatorial discovery of catalysts in the combustion process. In this grant, AccuStrata will work with researchers from the University of South Carolina to create a control and discovery system for high-throughput flame spray pyrolysis (FPS) system. The system will facilitate the rapid, combinatorial discovery and optimization of heterogeneous catalysts using the flame spray pyrolysis synthesis technique. The proposed work involves optimization and operation of the high-throughput FSP system that is uniquely capable of creating solid solution catalysts more rapidly and with greater purity than other techniques. The system will integrate AccuStrata’s in-situ laser induced breakdown spectroscopy system, which is capable of monitoring the particle synthesis in real-time to provide critical information that can be used in conjunction with advanced machine learning algorithm that will utilize process parameters, metrology data and post-synthesis characterization data to discover critical signatures within the emission spectra that can help narrow material search space and speed up materials discovery.
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Rockville, MD, June, 2018: AccuStrata starts the commercial installation of its AtOMS product in several industrial facilities in the USA for monitoring and control of epitaxial thin films, Extreme UV Lithography mirrors and super-alloy thin films. The company considers this commercial interest as an encouraging sign of wider acceptance of our patented Atomic Absorption / Optical Emission Spectroscopy technology in separate industrial verticals as a novel 21-century solution for in situ process control, which is poised to replace traditional quartz crystal monitoring and optical spectroscopy monitoring. AtOMS technology is capable of monitoring and control of thin films of almost any type and configuration, such as extreme thin films (below 50 Angstrom), very complex multi-layer film stacks comprising thousand of individual thin films, compound materials and alloys, optically opaque films, interface layer formation, patterned films, and films where traditional in situ process control solutions are not applicable.
Rockville, MD, May, 2018: We are pleased to announce that AccuStrata has been awarded a Department of Energy SBIR sequential Phase IIB contract worth $1 Million for validation of its Atomic Absorption/Optical Emission Spectroscopy system AtOMS into several separate industrial applications such as Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography and Aerospace industry. The latest AtOMS product is capable of monitoring and control of the atomic concentration of up to 4 individual chemical elements in the vacuum deposition zone next to the deposited substrate/wafer for precise control of the individual deposition rates of the elements and the chemical composition of the growing film. In addition, the patented fiber-optics solution can perform monitoring using up to 3 probe beams simultaneously, arranged in a radial or parallel configuration for monitoring of the spatial distribution of the deposition process to precisely control the uniformity of the film growth. These AtOMS capabilities offer unique process control benefits during thin film deposition and etching of complex compound materials such as InGaN, YBCO, CIGS and high entropy alloy films. The system also offers a new solution for in situ control of coating quality on substrates with curved or odd shapes as well as substrates performing very fast rotation or complex rotation such as planetary or other rotation or movement during deposition.
Rockville, MD, July, 2017: Come see us at the 21st American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy where we will be exhibiting our latest technology in advanced monitoring systems for epitaxial growth processes. The exhibition will be held from July 30, 2017 to August 01, 2017 at the El Dorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. AccuStrata’s President, Dr. George Atanasoff, will also be giving a lecture on state-of-the-art process monitoring systems and how they are advancing deposition process control. The lecture will be held at 8:30 AM on August 3, 2017. See http://www.crystalgrowth.org/ for more details on the show. Hope to see you there!
Rockville, MD, April, 2017: AccuStrata will be exhibiting with its partner DigiVac, at the 2017 60th SVC Annual Technical Conference (April, Providence, Rhode Island) where it will focus on presenting its in situ optical monitoring technology for high vacuum applications.
In keeping with its ability to innovate, AccuStrata has been awarded yet another $225K DoE SBIR contract for its proposed work in the creation of a field deployable in situ Excitation Emission Matrix Spectroscopy System for groundwater quality monitoring . In this work, AccuStrata will redefine environmental monitoring by creating a groundwater monitoring system that can uniquely identify organic and inorganic pollutants in the natural underground waterways to act as a first line of defense against human exposure to hazardous contamination. The work begins in February and will yet again reinforce AccuStrata’s position as a leader in customized portable optical monitoring solutions.
Rockville, MD, January, 2017: Come see us at CLEO 2017 where we will be exhibiting our latest technology in handheld, rack mounted and advanced monitoring systems. AccuStrata will be exhibiting from May 16, 2017 to May 18, 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, United States. See http://www.cleoconference.org/home/ for more details on the show. Please visit us at Booth 2237. Hope to see you there!
Rockville, MD, January, 2017: Come see us at Photonics West 2017 where we will be exhibiting our latest technology in handheld, rack mounted and advanced monitoring systems. AccuStrata will be exhibiting from January 31, 2017 to February 2, 2017 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, United States. You can find us at Booth Number 1746. Please go to: http://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/photonics-west
Rockville, MD, August, 2016: AccuStrata presented on its cutting-edge work in in situ atomic absorption spectroscopy at the 2016 SPIE Optics + Photonics Exhibition in San Diego, California in August. During the show AccuStrata gave a talk entitled Fiber-optic based in-situ atomic spectroscopy for manufacturing of x-ray optics where it introduced its new technology for deposition rate monitoring to the broader X-Ray optics community. The presentation on the work can be found in the proceedings under section 9962-14 during Session 5. The published work can also be found as doi: 10.1117/12.2240406
Rockville, MD, April, 2016: AccuStrata receives a SBIR contract from DoE for $1,150,000 to develop an advanced atomic emission/absorption system for process control during vacuum deposition of complex thin film products