Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT), a high-tech startup in Michigan’s Capitol Region, announced today that each of its three Phase I SBIR/STTR proposals which were submitted to the US DOE’s FY22 SBIR/STTR program have been selected for awards.
GLCT’s chief scientist Paul Quayle is the lead on each of the projects, which are among more than 150 selected projects across 29 states, which, as recently announced by DOE, aim to optimize and commercialize renewable energy technology.
GLCT’s President & CEO Keith Evans commented, “We are very thankful for DOE’s support of our proposals which seek to develop and demonstrate crystalline diamond materials solutions for three specific advanced application spaces of importance to renewable energy. Each of our proposals benefited from Paul’s technical leadership along with critical guidance from our technical advisor and co-founder Tim Grotjohn plus support from several key research and commercialization partners.”
Each of GLCT’s selected projects targets a specific application space and benefits from one or more key partnerships which the company expects to announce details about once they go under contract in the next 30 to 60 days.
Each selected project will be carried out primarily in GLCT’s advanced diamond manufacturing pilot line which is being built at its headquarters in the Van Camp Incubator + Research Labs which are managed by the University Corporate Research Park (UCRP) which is closely affiliated with Michigan State University Foundation.
About Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT)
GLCT’s mission is to create a commercial source of semiconductor-grade diamond materials for advanced applications in high energy particle detection, x-ray and other photon optics, electronics, and quantum technology. GLCT launched in 2019 as a Michigan State University (MSU) startup with early support from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures. The company has also benefited from the positive Michigan based ecosystem for startups receiving the Business Accelerator Fund and Emerging Technologies Fund, both of which are administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
GLCT is a founding member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, a member of the Inaugural Cohort of the Duality Quantum Accelerator, and a member of the Resilient Infrastructure + Secure Energy (RISE) Consortium.