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Company Information:

Company Name:
Materials Systems Inc.
Address:
543 Great Road
Littleton, MA 01460-
Phone:
(978) 486-0404
URL:
EIN:
43137214
DUNS:
557164498
Number of Employees:
35
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
N/A
POC Name:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,235,454.00 30
SBIR Phase II $11,936,799.00 19

Award List:

Cost-Effective Method for Synthesizing Innovative Transducer Materials for Senors and Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$58,661.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
1-3 type piezoelectric ceramic/polymer composites have demonstrated performance advantages in Navy sensor an dactuator applications, and their benefits in commercial acoustic imaging applications are well understood. At present, applications for these innovative transducer materials are limited by… More

Large Array Applications for 1-3 Piezoelectric Composite Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$586,152.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
Under separate Navy funding, MSI has developed a low cost injection molding process for piezocomposite fabrication that has made these innovative materials available for the first time in manufacturing quantities. 1-3 type piezoelectric ceramic/polymer composites have demonstrated performance… More

Low Impedance Two Dimensional Ultrasonic Imaging Array Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$42,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
Under separate Navy funding, MSI has developed a low cost injection molding process for piezocomposite fabrication that has made these innovative materials available for the first time in manufacturing quantities. MSI has used this technology to make large area 1-3 type piezoelectric… More

Infrared Windows with Improved Thermal Shock Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,411.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman
Abstract:
Infrared windows on high speed ship launched missiles, such as Standard Missile 2 Block 4A, are subject to high thermally induced stresses from aerodynamic heating. This program will seek to develop infrared window materials with improved thermal shock resistance over sapphire and without… More

Large Area Acoustic Control Panels for Air-acoustic and Hydrodynamic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$96,278.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
N/a

Multilayer 2D ultrasonic Imaging Array Transducers for Three Dimensional Undersea Imaging Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$42,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
N/a

Large Array Applications for 1-3 Piezoelectric Composite Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,604.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
N/a

Large Area Acoustic Control Panels for Air-acoustic and Hydrodynamic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$596,148.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
Under separate Navy funding, MSI has developed a low cost injection molding process for piezocomposite fabrication that has made these innovative materials available for the first time in manufacturing quantities. MSI has used this technology to make large area 1-3 type piezoelectric ceramic/polymer… More

Multilayer 2D ultrasonic Imaging Array Transducers for Three Dimensional Undersea Imaging Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$300,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen
Abstract:
Under separate Navy funding, MSI has developed a low cost injection molding process for piezocomposite fabrication that has made these innovative materials available for the first time in manufacturing quantities. MSI has used this technology to make large area 1-3 type piezoelectric… More

INJECTION MOLDED, HIGH PERFORMANCE PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,866.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman , Vice President
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$500,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Leslie J. Bowen , Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

Low Cost Manufacturing of Advanced Undersea Actuator Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman/kelley
Abstract:
Single Crystal relaxor ferroelectric materials have been found to have significant electroacoustic property enhancements compared to their polycrystalline counterparts. Navy underwater acoustic projectors would benefit significantly from the high sound pressure levels and compactness that such… More

INJECTION MOLDED, HIGH PERFORMANCE PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$594,163.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman , Vice President
Abstract:
N/a

Low Cost, Injection Molded, Universal Hydrophones

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
James M. Glynn
Abstract:
Recent advances in towed array electronics, based on NUWC's MASC Integrated Circuit and low cost, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) telemetry electronics, have significantly reduced the cost of towed array electronics. The largest cost element in the towed array is… More

Multi-Purpose Acoustic Imaging System for Shallow Water AUV Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Brian Pazol
Abstract:
N/a

Directional 1-3 Piezocomposite Transducer for Underwater Modems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Gerald Schmidt
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$600,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
James M Glynn
Abstract:
N/a

Multi-Purpose Acoustic Imaging System for Shallow Water AUV Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$671,019.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Brian G. Pazol
Abstract:
N/a

Flexible, Broad Band, High Power Projector for the AN/SLQ-25A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Gerald Schmidt, Manager, Surveillance Sys
Abstract:
Not Available Development of a Flexible, Broad band, High Power Projector is proposed to improve the utility and reliability of the AN/SLQ-25A torpedo defense system. Key attributes of the design proposed include reel stowage, ease of deployment/retrieval, improvedreliability, reduced maintenance,… More

Low Cost Optical Finishing of Transparent Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$120,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick McGuire, Engineer
Abstract:
Glass and polymer coatings applied to sapphire or other hard transparent ceramics offer several very low-cost approaches for optical finishing. In Phase I, MSI will investigate (A) polishing the applied coatings, (B) bonding of polished glass faceplates,(C) replicating optically smooth surfaces… More

Low Cost ALON

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman, Vice-President
Abstract:
This program will first establish a low-cost aluminum oxynitride (ALON) powder synthesis process, known to yield powder that can readily be densified to optical transparency. This program will then establish a new low-cost source for transparent ALONwindows. In Phase I, MSI will demonstrate a… More

Electrostatic Discharge Analysis of Reactive Material Formulations

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alan Curtis, Technology Manager
Abstract:
MSI proposes the development of a sonar array module that has a very wide bandwidth and can support a range of array configurations including conforming to a curved hull structure. The MSI design will be built around piezoelectric ceramic/polymercomposite, a proven transducer material with inherent… More

Low Cost Optical Finishing of Transparent Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$719,953.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick McGuire, Engineer
Abstract:
"Refractive index matching glass coatings have been successfully applied to rough-ground sapphire blanks, providing a very-low-cost method for optical finishing. In Phase I, MSI is optimizing the application and polishing of index-matching glass coatingsand replicating optically-smooth surfaces… More

High-Output Solid-State-Converted Piezoelectrics for Remote Vehicle Sonars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Fiore, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
"This program will demonstrate the performance advantages of applying solid-state- converted (SSC) PMN-PT 1-3 composite transduction materials to selected Navy sonar systems which require greater bandwidth, lower frequency operation, and/or higher sourcelevels to meet their operational objectives. … More

Actively Cooled Sapphire Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick McGuire, Engineer
Abstract:
"MSI will design and fabricate actively-cooled sapphire windows containing internal channels for a cooling fluid. The windows will be fabricated from two sapphire plates bonded together with an already-demonstrated index-matching glass. In Phase I, MSIwill (1) develop a preliminary flat sapphire… More

Solid State Converted Transducers for the Next Generation Countermeasure

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
James M. Glynn, Vice President
Abstract:
"A program to develop transducers incorporating solid-state converted transductionmaterials for the Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM) is proposed. The programaddresses the need for a low cost, compact, broadband, high power transducer thatcan be integrated with the NGCM. The program leverages… More

Nano-Grain Partially-Stabilized Zirconia IR Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman, Vice-President
Abstract:
"MSI will develop nano-grain partially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) as an extremely durable MWIR window and dome material. PSZ has 3 times the fracture strength and 2 times the fracture toughness of sapphire, the most durable current IR window material, andits intrinsic IR absorption edge extends… More

Low Cost ALON

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,907.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Richard Gentilman, Vice-President
Abstract:
This program will establish low-cost fabrication processes for aluminum oxynitride (ALON) transparent windows, domes, and armor. Phase II will build upon the high purity, low cost ALON powder synthesis process developed in Phase I. Three major programtasks for Phase II are: (1) Demonstrate complete… More

Cost-Effective Acicular Seed Production for SSC Piezoelectric Single Crystal Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Kelly McNeal, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Solid state converted (SSC) piezoelectric single crystal materials have been demonstrated to offer 80 percent of the electromechanical performance of melt-grown single crystals - at only a small fraction of the cost. Cost-effective acicular seedproduction methods are needed in order to scale up the… More

Solid State Converted Piezoelectric High Power Acoustic Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Fiore, Daniel, Sr. Engineer
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to develop and test designs for a high power acoustic source using solid-state-converted, 1-3 piezoelectric composite material. The solid-state-converted (SSC) material is a highly oriented piezoelectric that displays thehigh strain/high coupling characteristics of… More

Solid State Converted Piezoelectric High Power Acoustic Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$739,663.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Fiore, Daniel, Sr. Engineer
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to develop and test designs for a high power acoustic source using solid-state-converted, 1-3 piezoelectric composite material. The solid-state-converted (SSC) material is a highly oriented piezoelectric that displays thehigh strain/high coupling characteristics of… More

Solid State Converted Single Crystal Transducer Development for the MK 54 Torpedo Array

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
James M. Glynn, Vice President
Abstract:
A program to develop transducers incorporating solid-state converted transductionmaterials for the MK 54 Torpedo is proposed. The program addresses the need for abroadband, high power transducer that can be integrated with the MK 54. The programleverages several millions of dollars of DARPA… More

Cost-Effective Acicular Seed Production for SSC Piezoelectric Single Crystal Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$741,391.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Kelley McNeal, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
MSI has developed a method of producing solid state converted (SSC) relaxor ferroelectrics that involved recrystallization through the addition of orientable seeds that act as nucleation sites in the ceramic matrix. MSI has explored both integrated seed and epitaxial approaches to SSC. SSC has… More

Low Cost, Broadband Mk54 Torpedo Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$593,504.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Fiore, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
A low cost, broad bandwidth, acoustic homing array is needed for the Mk 54 torpedo to replace the lagacy Mk 50 array that was designed for blue water operation and is no longer in production. Under this Phase II SBIR program, MSI proposes to design and develop an upgraded array capable of improved… More

Broadband Piezocomposite Array for Surface Ship In-Stride Mine Avoidance High Frequency Sonar

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$985,826.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Brian Pazol, Vice President
Abstract:
A major strategic asset required for the DD(X) Surface Ship is the In-Stride Mine Avoidance Sonar System (ISMA). Included in this system is the Dual Frequency Bow Array consisting of both mid and high frequency arrays located in separate upper (HF) and lower (MF) domes with distinct window… More

Processing Methods to Fabricate Reliable Device Elements of PMN-PT Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,923.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Kelley McNeal, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
The Phase I program will concentrate on improving the reliability of flat wafers of melt-grown and solid state converted single crystal PMN-PT materials through surface quality management. Focusing on wafers rather than complex shaped parts maximizes flexibility for using materials of either the… More

Near Net Shape Forming of AlON or Spinel

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$723,242.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Robinson, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Within the next three years, the Joint Common Missile will be transitioned to full-scale production. Total U.S. procurements are anticipated to be in excess of 60,000 units over several years, requiring production of the specialized optical/RF seeker dome components at rates of 200 per week. … More

Near Net Shape Forming of AlON or Spinel

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$119,987.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Robinson, Production Manager
Abstract:
This program will establish a low-cost aluminum oxynitride (AlON) process capable of producing windows and domes for Joint Common Missile and other seeker applications. The program will achieve lower window production cost through net-shape or near-net shape forming of the ceramic window blank to… More

Common Acoustic Communication Module for UUVs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,879.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
MSI has developed a cost-effective method for producing PMN-PT single crystal materials by Solid State Conversion (SSC) of the precursor ceramic. MSI's SSC single crystals have five times greater piezoelectric performance than the conventional hard PZT ceramics used in legacy sonar transmitters.… More

Materials and Device Modeling to Reduce Cost and Time to Exploit Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals in Navy SONAR Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,985.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
The discovery in 1996 of a group of relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals with electromechanical properties superior to those of traditional PZT has generated considerable interest in for defense sonar. Recently, it has become evident that greater experience and improvements in materials… More

Piezocomposite Nose Array for the MK 54 Torpedo

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$464,933.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Barry J. Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
In order to take advantage of the latest advances in weapons related signal processing, the modern weapons sonar requires an essential upgrade from the existing electroacoustic array to an improved broadband design. Historically, the electroacoustic transducers used for medium power weapons sonar… More

Materials and Device Modeling to Reduce Cost and Time to Exploit Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals in Navy SONAR Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$448,061.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
The discovery in 1996 of a group of relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals with electromechanical properties superior to those of traditional PZT has generated considerable interest for defense sonar. Recently, it has become evident that greater experience and improvements in materials… More

Common Acoustic Communication Module for UUVs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$445,111.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
Under the proposed Phase II effort, MSI will be to continue to develop and demonstrate a Common Acoustic Communications Module (CACM) using single crystal materials for use in small and large UUV's. The CACM can be readily adapted for submarine and surface ship installations for command and control… More

Wideband Acoustic Communications Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,923.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
The goal of the proposed program is to combine the functionality of the TR-232, TR-233 and ITC-1007 transducers into a single high performance transducer that can meet all of the NavyOs submarine acoustic communications requirements. All this needs to packaged into a form factor that fits within the… More

Cost-Effective PiezoCrystal Transducer Assembly Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Technical Manager
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to devise and demonstrate innovative materials processing methods for the cost-effective fabrication of relaxor piezoelectric single crystals into complex sonar transducer assemblies. MSI has chosen to focus on fabrication issues in mid to high frequency transducers… More

Wideband Acoustic Communications Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,867.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Principal Investigator – (978) 486-0404
Abstract:
The goal of the proposed program is to combine the functionality of the TR-232, TR-233 and ITC-1007 transducers into a single high performance transducer that can meet all of the Navys submarine acoustic communications requirements. All this needs to packaged into a form factor that fits within the… More

Cost-Effective PiezoCrystal Transducer Assembly Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$747,859.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Barry Doust, Principal Investigator – (978) 486-0404
Abstract:
PiezoCrystal materials are compelling candidates for high performance electromechanical actuation devices due to the demonstrated extraordinary material properties. Navy sonar systems used in undersea warfare would benefit from these materials in providing more compact and efficient sensors with… More

High Data Rate Acoustic Modem Based on Piezocomposite Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Brian Pazol, Vice President – (978) 486-0404
Abstract:
Through this effort, Materials Systems Inc. and its teams, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Analytical Sciences, will develop an Ultra High Frequency (0.5-1 MHz) Acoustic Modem for transmitting information through ocean acoustic channels at bit rates of approximately 500 Kbps over… More

Acoustic Mapping for the Detection of Voids Underneath Aluminum Matting

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,946.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Brian Pazol, Vice President – (978) 486-0404
Abstract:
Through this effort, the team of Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) and Sonic Tech, Inc. (STI) will develop a non-destructive evaluation technique for detection of voids and defects underneath Aluminum Matting-2. The MSI scanning concept fully utilizes its expertise in the design and development of… More