Follow On: Commercialisation of Nanotube-based Mode Lockers and Ultrafast Fibre Lasers

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Engineering

Abstract

The aim of this follow-up project is to develop a range of packaged carbon nanotube based mode-lockers and compact ultrafast fibre lasers utilizing these mode-lockers, with the aim to bring to market exploitation the fundamental results of the previous EPSRC grant. To do so we will first optimize polymer-nanotube composites aiming at long-term and high-fluence stability. We will then produce engineered devices with performance suitable for demonstration to target manufacturing companies. Nanotube-based photonic devices are expected to find a wide range of applications not only in optical communications but also in bio-medical instruments, chemical analysis, time resolved spectroscopy, electro-optical sampling, microscopy and surgery. Given the wide range of derivative technologies, to guide our development efforts we will carry out market surveys to identify key applications and target specifications. This will guide the technology marketing at the end of the project.

Publications

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Bonaccorso F. (2011) Graphene composites for ultrafast photonics in Conference Program - MOC'11: 17th Microoptics Conference

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Castellani C (2013) CW-pumped short pulsed 1.12 µm Raman laser using carbon nanotubes in Laser Physics Letters

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Castellani CE (2011) Ultrafast Raman laser mode-locked by nanotubes. in Optics letters

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Echtermeyer T (2011) Strong plasmonic enhancement of photovoltage in graphene in Nature Communications

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Hasan T (2011) Molecular- and Nano-Tubes

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Hasan T (2009) Nanotubeâ??Polymer Composites for Ultrafast Photonics in Advanced Materials

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Hasan T (2008) Dispersibility and stability improvement of unfunctionalized nanotubes in amide solvents by polymer wrapping in Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures

 
Description The aim of this follow-up project was to develop a range of packaged carbon nanotube based mode-lockers and compact ultrafast fibre lasers utilizing these mode-lockers, with the aim to bring to market exploitation the fundamental results of the previous EPSRC grant. We optimized polymer-nanotube composites aiming at long-term and high-fluence stability. We produced engineered devices with performance suitable for demonstration to target manufacturing companies.
Exploitation Route Nanotube-based photonic devices are expected to find a wide range of applications not only in optical communications but also in bio-medical instruments, chemical analysis, time resolved spectroscopy, electro-optical sampling, microscopy and surgery.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

 
Description This research has significant implications for applications of nanotubes in lasers, detectors and photovoltaic devices. A spin-off was formed and a patent submitted.
Sector Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other
Impact Types Economic

 
Description EC FLAGSHIP GRANT FOR GRAPHENE CENTRE
Amount £1,620,947 (GBP)
Funding ID 604391 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2013 
End 03/2016
 
Description GRAPHENE SPINTRONICS WITH HIGHLY SPIN-POLAR IZED ELECTRODES
Amount £78,546 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2011 
End 12/2014
 
Description Graphene Photonics and Electronics
Amount £511,177 (GBP)
Organisation Nokia 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2013
 
Description Rodin
Amount £353,968 (GBP)
Funding ID 246026 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2013
 
Description Sorted Carbon Based Nano Materials for Photonics and Optoelectronics
Amount £21,315 (GBP)
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Department Isaac Newton Trust
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2012 
End 04/2013
 
Description WOLFSON MERIT AWARD: OPTOELECTRONICS FROM GRAPHENE, NANOTUBES
Amount £155,000 (GBP)
Funding ID WM090070 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2015
 
Description Advance Nano Tech Inc 
Organisation Advance Nanotech
Country United States 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Title Multi-structure nanowire and method of manufacturing the same 
Description Provided is a multi-structure nanowire in which silicon nanowires are formed at both ends of a compound semiconductor nanorod, and a method of manufacturing the multi-structure nanowire. The method includes providing a compound semiconductor nanorod; forming metal catalyst tips on both ends of the compound semiconductor nanorod; and growing silicon nanowires on both ends of the compound semiconductor nanorod where the metal catalyst tips are formed. 
IP Reference EP2144846 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact N/A
 
Company Name CamLase 
Description amLase is an innovative manufacturer of low-cost, compact and reliable ultrafast fiber laser modules & systems. Originally span out from the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, our team is comprised of world-renowned experts in the field of photonic materials and ultrafast laser engineering. 
Year Established 2010 
Impact n/a