Mantis Awarded £90,000 for Advanced Nanocluster Deposition Tool Development

Mantis Deposition of Oxfordshire, UK a manufacturer of UHV deposition equipment,
has received a one year grant from the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) in the amount of £90,000 to further develop an advanced nanocluster
deposition tool. The UK is funding the majority of the project which is also
supported by Sharp Laboratories of Europe, the University of Oxford and the
Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid in Spain. Of 113 companies who applied,
only Mantis Deposition was granted approval for a research project. Small Business
and Enterprise Minister Nigel Griffiths says; “I am delighted that the
DTI has been able to support Mantis Deposition’s innovative work in the field
of nanocluster deposition. Our Grant for Research and Development has helped
many thousands of small businesses innovate and develop
.”

The project goals are to design and build a “floating” nanocluster
deposition source which will be able to produce accelerated nanoclusters, as
well as investigating electrostatic optics to allow the beam to be steered and
focussed. This will enable the source to be used in systems where it is difficult
to bias the substrate. The optics will allow more complex experiments to be
undertaken by enabling patterning of the nanoclusters. Mantis already offers
commercially available nanocluster deposition sources and systems based upon
it’s “NanoGen” technology. However, in the NanoGen (without the
“floating” principle), the substrate must be directly biased for accelerated
impact of the nanoparticles. Some applications affected by this new research
program are optoelectronics, bio-sensors and surface physics. Company
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