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Nanograin Ceramic Optical Composite Window

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Department of Defense
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801-1721
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Nanograin Ceramic Optical Composite Window
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0229
Award Amount: $69,900.00


Infrared (IR) window materials possessing both good optical and mechanical properties have been identified and developed for several decades. While their optical properties have been perfected to approaching the theoretical limits, higher mechanical strengths are still sought to meet the ever-demanding application needs. One route to improved mechanical and other properties will be through nanostructure engineering. It is possible to realize the next-generation IR window materials with properly designed nanostructural composite materials, in which two or more phases are combined at the nano scale to give enhanced properties not achievable with any of the single components. Boston Applied Technologies, in collaboration with University of Puerto Rico, proposes a novel chemical process to conveniently synthesize nanograin ceramic IR windows in production volume. The high purities of the starting materials will be maintained in the final products since the entire nanoparticle synthesis process will be eliminated. A recently developed combinatorial forming technique will be used to quickly and economically scan a few candidate systems. This unique approach will enable us to establish a vast materials database, from which the best composite formulation can be identified and further optimized. The availability of higher strength IR windows will certainly advance U.S. defense capabilities, and at the same time find many new applications in numerous commercial markets.

Principal Investigator:

Kewen K. Li
VP Materials Technologies

Business Contact:

Hua Jiang
President & CEO
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150H New Boston Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 510414999
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Puerto Rico
Research & Development Center, University of Puerto Rico
Mayag¿ez, PR 00681
Contact: Fernando B. Pic¿
Contact Phone: (787) 831-2065
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university