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HRL Laboratories developing nanoscale fabrication technology for large-scale performance

HRL Laboratories, LLC will develop new methods of rapidly building up materials from the nanometer scale to the millimeter scale in order to exploit the extraordinary properties of extremely small materials.

Funded under the Atoms to Product (A2P) program through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), HRL’s GHz Nanoparticle Assembly project will develop processes to assemble nanoscale materials into forms that are compatible with existing manufacturing technologies.

Working in conjunction with Intelligent Materials Solutions, an HRL research team led by Dr. Adam Gross and Dr. Christopher Roper will rapidly assemble nanoscale particles to create a finished component that is 1,000,000 times larger than its individual building blocks.

Current nanoscale fabrication techniques, such as vacuum deposition, are limited in speed and scalability. Our goal is to develop a rapid, fundamentally new method that enables intricate 3-D millimeter-scale components made from a wide selection of nanoscale elements.

—Dr. Gross

HRL Laboratories is a corporate research-and-development laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors specializing in research into sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics. HRL provides custom research and development and performs additional R&D contract services for its LLC member companies, the US government, and other commercial companies.

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