In 2013 Amethyst Research Inc. received funding through the Small Business Administration's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant. The STEP funds Amethyst received from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce allowed our company to establish an office in Glasgow, U.K. This office in Glasgow serves as a base for our European exports. Because of this new office, we have already received a contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defense for providing solutions for chemical sensors. It is proving to be a significant asset to us and has allowed us to now look at European products and sales --- all of which we plan to manufacture in Ardmore, OK.
Phase 1 SBIR-$150k-AF
This program targets development of a high-performance thermoelectric (TE) cooler with a figure-of-merit, ZT > 3, which greatly exceeds currently available technology. The cooler is fabricated using Group II-VI compound semiconductors, i.e. HgCdSe or HgCdTe, using a low dimensional structure known as a superlattice (SL). The proposed TE coolers will operate at temperatures ranging from 50K to 300K, thereby providing a fundamentally new and disruptive method for achieving cryogenic cooling. In fact, currently no solid-state refrigerator can provide sufficient cooling for high-performance infrared (IR) detectors or that can cool from room temperature down to the transition temperature of superconductors or similar systems. In addition, applications involving the thermal management of high performance II-VI based infrared (IR) sensors and focal-plane arrays (FPAs) are well suited to this technology since the cooler is fabricated using similar materials.
This STTR Phase I proposal addresses a NASA need for improved near-to-mid IR detectors for imaging and spectroscopy. High performance IR detectors with cutoff wavelengths in the range of 2.5 to 5.0 microns will be developed using InGaAs / AlAsSb semiconductor materials.
OCAST AWARDS 2012-2014
Hydrogen Assited Surface Cleaning and Passivation of Semiconductor Substrates for Heteroepitaxy
Development and Manufacture of Next Generation Ultra-high Efficiency Photo-Voltaic Solar Cells
Antimonide-based Quantum Dots for High Efficiency Photovoltaic Applications
Integrated Analytical Toolset for Defect Reduction in Large Format Infrared Detector Materials
Research and Development Intern Partnership
Amethyst hosts Technical Summit. Amethyst announces spin-out companies Garnet Technologies and Topaz Thermoelectrics, while announcing new collaborative agreements with Cerium Laboratories and Lightwave Photonics. Attendees included the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and leading scientists throughout Oklahoma and North Texas.
The Oklahoma Journal Record’s 2012 Innovator of the Year award is presented to Amethyst for the second time. This prestigious award recognizes Oklahoma businesses that have squarely positioned themselves on the leading edge in their industry.
Missle Defense Agency-Phase 1-STTR-$100k-Defect Passivation for Improved Material Properties in Ga-free and Ga-based SLS
Missle Defense Agency-Phase 2-STTR-$1000k-The Use of Hydrogen for Defect Reduction in Large Format Infrared Detector Materials.
The Ardmore Development Authority and Amethyst Research, Inc. are instrumental partners in the formation of a statewide association to promote the growing sensor industry ― the Oklahoma Sensor Alliance. Other partners in the development of this association include the Oklahoma State University Center for Innovation and Economic Development, the University Multispectral Lab, the Ponca City Development Authority and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.
Amethyst Research was featured in an Ardmore Chamber of Commerce partnerships video during the 2011 Awards Banquet.
Amethyst obtains 2-year funding approval from OCAST.
Amethyst hosts Business After Hours, a monthly networking event sponsored by the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce. Attendees toured the laboratories and experienced infrared first-hand through an activity with night vision binoculars.
Amethyst and the Ardmore Development Authority (ADA) attended the National SBIR Beyond Phase II Conference in Atlanta to develop collaborations for Amethyst and possible new companies to locate in Ardmore as a result of these collaborations. The event brought together current SBIR Phase II companies (Amethyst is one), key technology and acquisition personnel from government and industry to enable the transition of SBIR-funded research and development into products for military, government and private sector commercial markets. The event was hosted by the Department of Defense. Amethyst operated a booth at the event.
Amethyst Research, Inc. (ARI), receives a $1.5M Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) Award. Administered under the auspices of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), the EDGE Fund annually awards projects that invest in expanding the number of researchers within Oklahoma, increase the number and growth of technology companies in the state, leverage research dollars into Oklahoma research institutions and improve the health status and quality of life for Oklahoma. Amethyst’s EDGE project focuses on the advanced development of Micromechanical Infrared Nanowire Thermo-Electric (MINTE™) imaging sensors, and the eventual volume production of MINTE sensor systems in Oklahoma.
Amethyst begins moving into its second (and larger) facility adjacent to its existing facility. The second building has 3600sf of lab space and 2400sf of office space. This facility will serve as Amethyst's headquarters and be home to its sensor growth competency. Infrastructure improvements are underway to make this a state-of-the-art laboratory for cutting-edge materials growth.
Amethyst hosts representatives from all five Congressional Districts and both Senate offices. What was initially thought to be a visit from Oklahoma State Senator James Inhofe and staff turned into a morning hosting over 30 visitors from Capitol Hill, Government Prime Contractors, i2E, and the Ardmore Development Authority. Amethyst's technologies generated acute interest among all visitors, which was piqued by a short video presentation followed by a tour of the two facilities. Amethyst's scientific corps was on-hand to field a variety of questions from the visiting entourage.
The Office of Navy Research (ONR) awards Amethyst a Phase III contract to develop infrared materials processing technologies in Ardmore, OK.
Amethyst acquires an ion beam accelerator to be used in its wafer defect mapping technology.
Amethyst Ardmore Operations (AAO) absorbs company administrative functions into its facility. This event marks the end of a successful tenure within the Ardmore Development Authority's technology incubator.
Representatives from the Tulsa, OK office of Innovation to Enterprise (i2E), a private not-for-profit Oklahoma corporation focused on wealth creation by growing the technology-based entrepreneurial economy within the state, visit the Amethyst facility during a tour of Ardmore's technology centers.
Dr. Khalid Hossain explains the ion beam accelerator to David Thomison and James Randall of i2E during a recent site visit to Amethyst's Ardmore Operations facility.
Amethyst begins two Oklahoma funded projects, both managed by the OCAST. The first project improves manufacturing processes for III-V focal plane arrays under OCAST's Oklahoma Applied Research (OARS) program. The second project, under the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project (ONAP), targets growth of compliant thin-film nano-engineered substrates.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards Amethyst a SBIR Phase I contract based on its proposal for defect passivation of CdTe devices used in the detection of gamma rays.
Missile Defense Agency awards Amethyst a Phase I SBIR to develop a wafer mapping technology.
June 2008- Amethyst receives a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Phase II SBIR award for continuing work on defect passivation technologies targeting improved operability of HgCdTe focal plane arrays. The goal of the project is to significantly improve production yield of high-performance infrared detectors used within DoD, thus driving costs down and putting more of these high-end sensors in the hands of our warfighters.
Amethyst hires scientist to oversee company’s materials growth operations. Dr. Brenda VanMil, an expert in Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) will be based initially at the HgCdTe materials facility at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD.
Amethyst signs lease on a 4,100 sq.ft. building that marks the beginning of its transition from the technology incubator. Referred to as Amethyst Ardmore Operations (AAO), the building is located half-way between Ardmore and Lone Grove, OK.
Amethyst participates in the "Capitol Day" technology exhibition in honor of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). The event showcases 20 exhibitors as Oklahoma's governor and legislators view the diverse array of technologies taking form in the state.
Dr. Jack Dinan, formerly of the U.S. Army's Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, joins Amethyst in its pursuit of next generation HgCdTe-based infrared detector technologies. Widely known for his leadership and innovation in infrared materials process technologies, and especially in MBE-grown HgCdTe devices, Dr. Dinan is a key addition to the Amethyst technical team.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards Amethyst a SBIR Phase II contract involving selective area hydrogenation of HgCdTe focal plane and avalanche photo-diode arrays.
The Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) announces that Amethyst Research has been selected for funding under its Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) R&D Faculty and Student Internship Program for FY08. This highly competitive program provides a dollar-for-dollar match for up to two years of a company's expenses involved in the hiring and management of an Oklahoma college or university student or faculty intern.
Amethyst wins its first SBIR Phase II contract from the US Army Night Vision Laboratory to develop defect passivation technology for HgCdTe Focal Plane Arrays.
Amethyst receives a National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I grant for work on its selective area hydrogenation technology targeting improvements in operability and manufacturability of infrared focal plane arrays.
Amethyst moves into the Oklahoma Technology Incubator. Located on the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center Campus, the Incubator is associated with the Ardmore Development Authority.
Amethyst is selected for funding under OCAST’s Oklahoma Applied Research (OARS) Program for research in "Large Area Wafers for HgCdTe Infrared Detectors".