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John Muth


Monteith Engineering Res.Ctr. 322C


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Date: 09/01/22 - 8/31/25
Amount: $289,039.00
Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)

We propose to acquire the LPKF ProtoLaser R4, a class 1, pico-second laser specially designed for cutting, fabricating, and patterning a wide range of materials that will be of critical use for advanced manufacturing. Features as small as 20 microns can be easily developed using this machine and it can be used to directly process a wide range of materials for energy, biomedical systems, soft materials, inorganics, and electronics applications.

Date: 11/01/22 - 8/31/23
Amount: $5,000.00
Funding Agencies: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Funding is requested by the underwater robotics club (AquaPack Robotics) to aid in the building of their robot for the 2023 Robosub competition. This is an international competition with more than 40 teams from around the world competing to build and run an underwater vehicle through a set of challenges. The contest is held annually in San Diego Ca.

Date: 09/01/12 - 8/31/23
Amount: $37,836,660.00
Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Advanced Self-powered Systems of Integrated Sensor Technologies (ASSIST) vision is to be a dynamic leader in development of wearable, self-powered integrated sensor technologies for continuous health and environmental monitoring. These technologies will directly respond to NAE?s Grand Challenge to advance health informatics to improve acquisition, management and use of health information to enhance medical care, correlate disease and environment and revolutionize response to public health emergencies, disasters, pandemics and/or chem-bio attacks. ASSIST?s mission is to transform US and global health informatics, electronics and biomedical engineering industries through development and demonstration of fundamental and enabling nanotechnologies for energy harvesting, battery-free energy storage and ultra-low power computation and communication, integrated with physiological and environmental nanosensors and biocompatible materials, to empower personal environmental health monitoring and emergency response. Goals: 1. Advance discovery in energy harvesting and storage, multifunctional sensors and materials, and low-power systems design; 2. Develop enabling technologies for energy conversion, device reliability and ultra-low power computation and communications, with integration to achieve two 1st-generation test-beds: self-sustaining wireless nodes and conformal multifunctional applications; 3. Develop systems integration requirements and demonstrate ?Exposure Track? and ?Emergency Track? testbeds; 4. Develop efficient and secure methods to handle large quantities of data and retrieve patterns of environmental and health correlations; 5. Create a culture of team-based research, education and innovation, cultivating a diverse group of talented, well prepared graduates excited about research, design and production of health informatics and biomedical engineering solutions to improve global health and safety; 6. Form partnerships with precollege institutions to strengthen the STEM pipeline by helping middle and high school students and teachers develop technical literacy and motivation to contribute to solving NAE Grand Challenges; 7. Stimulate entrepreneurship and form sustainable partnerships with small and large firms, health practitioners and emergency responders to link ASSIST discoveries to innovation, accelerated commercialization and job creation. ASSIST integrated sensor technologies will result in a wearable health patch that incorporates energy harvesting and storage, computation and communication, along with low-power integrated sensors for health and environmental exposures. This will be the platform technology that will drive two systems applications related to global health. The first, the Exposure Track, will enable longitudinal, simultaneous monitoring of environmental factors and human health parameters to create an unprecedented set of data to lead to direct understanding of how environment impacts health. This information, of great interest to EPA and CDC, will revolutionize our understanding of environmental health and may impact future regulatory policies. The patch?s self-powered nature will enable critical longitudinal monitoring. This system will involve epidemiologists, social scientists, data mining, pattern recognition professionals and EPA scientists to further understanding of environmental health. The patch will also drive a second system, the Wellness Track, which will aim to empower patients to take charge of their own health by having readily accessible information about their health status. According to the Milken Inst., lifestyle diseases consume 70% of the US?s health care resources and face an unsustainable future in light of rising health care costs. It has been shown that humans are more likely to change lifestyle habits if they witness real-time, positive changes in their health as a result of those changes. The Wellness Track will provide an unobtrusive, battery-free interface for sensing of multiple vital signs, along with advanced and secure communication strateg

Date: 05/05/22 - 8/04/23
Amount: $350,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Air Force (USAF)

The proposal concerns the selection of materials and the fabrication test structures to evaluate different types of materials for possible use in systems that use the earth’s magnetic field to navigate. For example: birds are thought to migrate with inputs based on magnetic field information.

Date: 11/01/21 - 7/15/22
Amount: $5,000.00
Funding Agencies: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Funding is requested by the underwater robotics club to aid in the building of their robot for the 2022 Robosub competition. This is an international competition with more than 50 teams from around the world competing to build and run an underwater vehicle through a set of challenges. The contest is held annually in San Diego Ca.

Date: 01/01/13 - 12/31/21
Amount: $14,000.00
Funding Agencies: Everactive (formerly PsiKick Semiconductor)

Affiliate Membership

Date: 09/15/15 - 8/31/21
Amount: $5,500,000.00
Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)

The RTNN is a consortium of three North Carolina (NC) institutions and is proposed as a site in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network. NC State, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill are all located in close geographical proximity within North Carolina’s Research Triangle. The RTNN currently offers fabrication and characterization services and education to a diverse range of users from colleges, universities, industry, non-profits, and individuals. The RTNN will bring specialized technical expertise and facilities to the National NNCI in areas that include wide bandgap semiconductors, soft materials (animal, vegetative, textile, polymer), functional nanomaterials, in situ nanomaterials characterization and environmental impact, nanofluidics, heterogeneous integration, photovoltaics, and positron annihilation spectroscopy. The RTNN strengthens the National NNCI in the areas of social and ethical implications of nanotechnology, environmental impacts of nanotechnology, and education/workforce development through interaction with industry and community colleges in the Research Triangle. All facilities engaged in this consortium have established track records of facilitating industrial research and technology transfer, strengths that further leverage the proposed site within the Research Triangle.

Date: 01/09/21 - 8/18/21
Amount: $70,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Air Force (USAF)

Advancement in the ability to detect small changes in electrical charge induced in semiconductor materials as the result of motion through a magnetic field is necessary to improve the capabilities of a GPS denied navigation system. This proposal will investigate and compare the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of sensor technologies with the goal of refining the sensor requirements that will reduce system size weight and cost while enabling increased performance.

Date: 08/15/19 - 8/14/21
Amount: $227,184.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Defense (DOD)

The requested equipment consists of various commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components that will be assembled into an ultraspectral solar simulator testbed. The instrument can also be used as a high spectral resolution (Δλ ~ 0.004 nm or resolving power R = 137,500 at λ = 550 nm) monochromator or spectrograph. This testbed will serve as a platform for quantifying the performance of Fraunhofer line discriminators for luminescence and fluorescence detection, testing solar-blind imaging approaches, and for testing free-space optical communications systems or signaling methods.

Date: 08/01/15 - 7/31/21
Amount: $420,000.00
Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)

The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing Ga2O3 based structures for power applications. We intend to explore several growth approaches, aiming to achieve epitaxial structures of high quality. The expected strong potential of this material for producing high power devices will be explored by developing structures with controllable doping.

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