Mantis Deposition Receives Nanocluster Deposition Research Grant

MANTIS Deposition, a leading manufacturer of UHV deposition equipment, has received a one year grant from the UK Government in the amount of £90,000 for developing an “advanced nanocluster deposition tool”. The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is funding the majority of the project. The grant application was 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.

Further information can be obtained from:

Steve Rothstein

Sales & Marketing Manager

MANTIS Deposition Ltd.

2 Goodson Industrial Mews

Wellington Street, Thame

Oxfordshire, OX9 3BX United Kingdom

USA East Office: (585)-671-9229 (phone/fax)

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