AAPS’s foils lab was renamed Micromatter after AAPS acquired the assets and intellectual property of a niche manufacturer, Micromatter Co., located in Arlington, Washington in February 2009, and merged these with the existing capabilities.
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) technology has utility in a number of applications, ranging from thin foils used in radioisotope production to thin film coatings for medical devices. The novel process uses laser ablation to deposit nano-crystalline DLC and produces an extremely durable foil that increases productivity through higher performance and increased service intervals.
In addition, AAPS’ Micromatter capabilities in vapour deposition are used to produce thin film X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) calibration standards, most often used for instrument calibration and quality control in the fields of pollution monitoring, and measurement of thin coatings on parts and devices like computer hard drives.
AAPS assisted Micromatter by providing all the necessary incubation resources and services, such as access to TRIUMF facilities and resources (office and lab space, safety monitoring, facility renovations, operating license, telecommunications services, etc.), as well as AAPS administrative services (accounting – payables and receivables, purchasing, logistics, legal, HR, business advice), and enabled Micromatter’s development of new products, as well as participation in knowledge sharing activities and conducting marketing activities (workshops and conferences), ultimately resulting in increased revenues.
Micromatter was incorporated as an independent company in 2014, with the senior engineer acquiring the assets and leading the company. It is now operated as a standalone entity and revenues have been steadily increasing.