SBIR Award Title
Low cost, scalable and selective electrochemical metallization process technology
SBIR Award Abstract
NANO3D will disrupt 3D chip packaging market for Through-Silicon Vias which are currently fabricated by
comparatively high cost and poorly scalable Damascene approach. The project is aimed to develop low cost,
scalable and selective electrochemical (eLOCOS) plating technology based on proprietary nano-materials to
replace Damascene processing and enable high density interconnects for 3D IC. eLOCOS is a nano- and
micro-fabrication platform technology that have other applications including metallization of Through-Glass
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Research Opportunity
Title Material Scientist
Number of Fellows 1
Open for Applicants Yes
Address line 1 1915 NW Amberglen Pkwy.
Address line 2 Suite 400
City Beaverton
State OR
Zip 97006
Name Val Dubin
Phone number (971) 327 4055
Principal Investigator
Name Val Dubin
Phone number (971) 327 4055
The research activities are aimed on the development of NANO3D platform technology to produce largescale
arrays of magnetic nano- and microstructures and testing their feasibility for biomedical applications.
The new platform addresses barriers to sensitive, scalable, high-throughput use of magnetic shaped
microstructures. These barriers are high deviation in size and magnetic properties of the magnetic particles as
well as its low sensitivity and low signal-to- noise ratio for the application as MRI contrast agents. The
platform based on utilizing a NANO3D eLOCOS technology which is low cost, scalable and selective
electrochemical metallization technology for ‘bottom-up’ fill of the pre-patterned substrates to produce wellcontrolled
in size magnetic structures. The technical plan hypothesize that (1) narrowing of nuclear magnetic
resonance (NMR) frequency shifts (of about less than 10-20%) by improving uniformity of the magnetic
miscrostructures (5 to 10% deviation in size) therefore increasing the sensitivity of the MRI contrast agents;
(2) the magnetic cylinders may be designed to increase a signal to noise ratio to produce a highly effective
MRI contrast agents; (3) the NANO3D technology is highly efficient therefore will allow to produce low
cost, high-throughput manufacturing of the well controlled 3D metal magnetic microstructures.

Desired Knowledge
The job duties include:
1. Managing and performing technical work to meet research program objectives.
2. Conduct magnetic particle synthesis and analysis per customer specifications.
3. Generate design of particle structures and fabrication process flow per customer technical specification.
4. Work with a team of engineers and technicians to execute research programs.
5. Write reports documenting results and present work to customers or at conferences.
Minimum requirements include:
1. Doctoral degrees in Material Science, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
2. Proficiency in using SEM/EDX, XPS and XRD
3. Good verbal and written skills
Desired qualifications:
1. Experience in magnetic characterization involving B-H Looper, SQUID and Zetasizer
2. Surface chemistry experience involving surface modifications using self-assembled monolayers or plating
3. TEM and NMR experience
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NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship Program
Administered by: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) |
1818 N St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036-2479 | 202-331-3548

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