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Company Information:

Company Name:
Structured Materials Industries
Address:
201 Circle Drive North
Unit # 102
Piscataway, NJ
Phone:
(732) 302-9274
URL:
EIN:
223175106
DUNS:
787144807
Number of Employees:
15
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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POC Phone:
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Narrative:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $7,425,049.00 87
SBIR Phase II $16,053,222.00 21
STTR Phase I $2,489,990.00 25
STTR Phase II $6,324,382.00 10

Award List:

Infra Red Detector Array on a Silicon Compatible Substrate

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,986.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Kim
Abstract:
Development of HgCdTe FPAs on Mg2Si/Si will reduce thermal expansion mismatch of the sensor substrate and the signal collector substrate, which will result in lower device noise levels and also lower the processing costs. Significantly lowering the cost of FPA\'s will allow broader application of… More

Light Emitting Thin Films Containing Germanium Quantum Nanocrystals

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,907.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
S.i. Kim
Abstract:
N/a

Light Emitting Thin Films Containing Germanium Quantum Nanocrystals

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$827,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
S.i. Kim
Abstract:
The recent observation of light emission from porous silicon and from germanium nanocrystals in a silicon dioxide matrix has given a great boost to the field of quantum confined structures. It has been suggested that the formation of quantum wires in porous silicon is responsible for the observed… More

Porous Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,956.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gang Sun, Phd
Abstract:
IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT EFFICIENT PHOTOLUMINESCENCE CAN BE OBSERVED FROM POROUS SILICON, WHEN THE POROSITY IS SUFFICIENTLY HIGH. THIS RESULT HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO QUANTUM SIZE EFFECTS, DUE TO THE FORMATION OF SILICON "WIRES". IN RECENT WORK AIMED AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIGHT EMITTING DEVICES, WE HAVE… More

DEVELOPMENT OF LONG WAVELENGTH INFRARED DETECTORS FOR TRACE GAS DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$74,971.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Dr Gang Sun
Abstract:
LONG WAVELENGTH INFRARED (IR) DETECTORS WILL BE PRODUCED FOR APPLICATION IN TRACE GAS ANALYSIS. THE DETECTOR IS FORMED BY AN InAs/InxGa1xSb STRAINED LAYER SUPERLATTICE (SLS). IT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED IN THIS PROJECT THAT InAs/InxGa1xSb SLSs WITH EFFECTIVE BAND GAPS OVER A WIDE RANGE OF THE IR… More

Quantum Nanocrystal Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gang Sun
Abstract:
RECENT OBSERVATION OF LIGHT EMISSION FROM MATERIALS CONTAINING SILICON NANOPARTICLES (INCLUDING POROUS SILICON) HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SILICON CAN BE DRASTICALLY ALTERED BY QUANTUM SIZE EFFECTS. IN RECENT WORK AIMED AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIGHT EMITTING DEVICES IN SUCH… More

Carbon Nitride Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$60,333.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
S.i. Kim
Abstract:
N/a

Production of Morphologically Smooth And Transparent Diamond Like Films for Wear Resistant Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,970.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Dr. S. I. Kim
Abstract:
N/a

Valved Group III Effusion Cell Development for MBE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Gary S. Tompa
Abstract:
Advanced valved Group III elemental effusion cells for precise flux control in Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) systems will be developed and commercialized in the proposed project. The sources are designed to be retrofittable to commercial MBE systems and compatible with flux (feedback) controlling… More

Carbon Nitride Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
S.i. Kim
Abstract:
RECENT THEORETICAL WORKS HAVE PREDICTED A CARBON NITROGEN COMPOUND (C3N4 IN A Si3N4 CONFIGURATION) WHICH WOULD POSSES A STRENGTH ON THE ORDER OF AND POSIIBLY EVEN GREATER THAN THAT OF DIAMOND. IN ADDITION TO HARDNESS ITS THERMAL, ELECTRICAL, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES PROMISE TO BE VERY INTERESTING. THE… More

Production of Morphologically Smooth And Transparent Diamond Like Films for Wear Resistant Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$600,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Dr. S. I. Kim
Abstract:
Damond is the best known material for wear resistance coatings. Even though several U.S. companies ahve successfully entered into various diamond thin film markets with CVD grown films, we have not yet seen widely used commercial wear resistance diamond coatings. The major problem for such… More

An Antimonide Strained Quantum Well Laser Operating at Lambda > Micrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Eric Forsythe
Abstract:
N/a

Light Emitting Devices Based on Germanium Quantum Crystals in a Direct Bandgap Matrix (Aluminum Nitride)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$74,995.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa
Abstract:
N/a

Advanced Transparent Conductive Coatings for Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,014.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Bei-shen Sywe
Abstract:
N/a

Flux Controlled Sources for Gas Source MBE/CBE Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$60,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa
Abstract:
We propose to develop and commercialize a Laser Molecular Beam Epitaxy (LAMBE) source, which will produce a rapidly variable and precisely controlled flux of any elemental source (and many molecular compound sources) in an ultrapure gas flow, for Gas Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy (GSMBE), Metal… More

InGaAsSb/GaSb Thermophotovoltaic Cells for 2.5 Micron Application

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$60,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Yabo Li
Abstract:
N/a

Advanced Transparent Conductive Coatings for Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$700,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Bei-shen Sywe
Abstract:
Routine Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) production of highly conductive and transparent ZnO films and application of these films in displays will be demonstrated in Phase I. We propose to grow highly conductive transparent ZnO films using MOCVD in a high speed rotating disk reactor… More

InGaAsSb/GaSb Thermophotovoltaic Cells for 2.5 Micron Application

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$826,255.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Yabo Li
Abstract:
Satellites, submarines and remote field units all need efficient and economical sources of electrical power. Our proposed solution is to convert thermal energy directly into electricity through the use of thermophotovoltaics. In Phase I we will demonstrate the growth and fabrication techniques for a… More

P-Type Copper Oxide Based Transparent Conducting Oxides

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$57,121.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Gary S. Tompa
Abstract:
Recently, researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology announced that they had succeeded in forming a p-type CuO- X based transparent and conductive material. Heretofore, transparent (wide bandgap) conductive oxides have been predominantly n-type. We, ourselves, have been highly successful in… More

Enhanced Contact Layer Organic Light Emitting Diodes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Gary S. Tompa
Abstract:
Organic based light emitting diodes have made significant advances in the past few years. An important factor in device performance is the transparent conducting contact layer. Presently, indium tin oxide (ITO) is used because it is an accepted standard and has a great deal of invested development.… More

Greater than 30% Efficient Monolithic Tandem Antimonide TPV Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Zane Shellenbarger
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Zane Shellenbarger
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
John McAleese, Staff Scientist
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joe D. Cuchiaro, VP Business Development
Abstract:
N/a

Non-Cryogenically Cooled Thin Film Pyroelectric IR Detector Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,200,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary Tompa, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Non-cryogenically cooled pyroelectric IR detectors and imaging arrays, using bullk materials, are employed in a great many military and commercial systems. the technological opportunity now exists to increase responsivity and sensitivity (- 10 fold) whilelowering the production costs of such… More

Enhanced Moly Silicide Intermetallic Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, President
Abstract:
65398 A Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) process for producing yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBCO) cuprate thick films, used in high temperature superconductivity applications, was developed in previous work. However, real time in situ feedback monitors, to address the quality of… More

Non-Cryogenically Cooled Thin Film Pyroelectric IR Detector Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary Tompa, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Non-cryogenically cooled pyroelectric IR detectors and imaging arrays, using bullk materials, are employed in a great many military and commercial systems. the technological opportunity now exists to increase responsivity and sensitivity (- 10 fold) whilelowering the production costs of such… More

Hydrogen Barrier Capacitor Increased Reliability High Density Ferroelectric NVRAM for Radiation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro, VP Business Development
Abstract:
N/a

Hydrogen Barrier Capacitor Increased Reliability High Density Ferroelectric NVRAM for Radiation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,300,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro, VP Business Development
Abstract:
N/a

SBIR Phase I: In-Situ Spectral Ellipsometry Feedback Control Instrument for MOCVD of Complex Oxides

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will address development of an advanced precursor evaporation module with a specific focus application to copper metalization. Rapid large area CVD is required for the copper seed layer or, preferably, for deposition of the full contact… More

Antimonide-based, High-speed, Low-power, Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary Tompa, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries (SMI) proposes the development of antimonide-based, high-speed, low-power, heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs). These HBTs will have advantages over other compound semiconductor HBTs including lower power consumptionand zero turn on voltage. They are also… More

Radiation Hard Lead Zirconium Titanium (PZT) for Ferroelectric and Plezoelectric Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,920.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
70224 Ferroelectric properties of the thin film Pb(Zr x Ti 1-x) 03 (PZT) can be employed in radiation hard nonvolatile memory (NVRAM) and micro-electrical mechanical sensors (MEMS) to enhance component endurance and lifetime. The ability of PZT to resist radiation effects is dependent on… More

Multi-Kilometer Superconducting Tape Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
"Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), will work with a major corporation (who has seed-funded this project, and will continue to provide significant matching effort), through Phase I and Phase II, to develop and implement a system for theproduction of multi-kilometer lengths of… More

SrBi2TaO9 Thin Film Laser Annealing Tool for Ferroelectric Memory Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Project will prove that laser annealing can crystallize thin films of SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) to a device ready quality, while keeping the substrate temperature at a level compatible with CMOS components. SBT films are strong candidates for use in… More

sbir phase i: Hybrid Jet Vapor Rotating Disk Tool for SiC-Thin Film Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will synthesize will demonstrate that a hybrid system combining the attributes of Jet Vapor Deposition and Rotating Disk Reactors solves existing Silicon Carbide film deposition problems and can be developed to create a superior film… More

Utilizing the Threshold Voltage Hysteresis of a Cerium Manganese Non-Linear Dielectric to Achieve a Radiation Hardened 16M SRAM

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joe Cuchiaro, Vice President
Abstract:
"A new non-linear dielectric (CMd) was recently discovered and deposited via MOCVD by Structured Materials, Inc. (www.structuredmaterials.com). The CM thin film properties potentially make it an excellent choice for commercial and radiation hardenedelectronics. Specifically, in radiation… More

CeMnO3 Coupled BJT Memory Device

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph D. Cuchiaro, Vice President
Abstract:
"Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) are used for power and mixed signal applications in radiation environments. Current BJT devices perform with volatile operation requiring constant power supply for uninterrupted access. We propose to create a nonvolatileBJT memory device using proprietary SMI… More

MOCVD System for LiNbO3 Thin Film Waveguide Modulators and Optical Switches

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist
Research Institution:
University of Wisconsin - Madison
RI Contact:
Charles Hoffman
Abstract:
Electro-optical modulators and switches are needed for increased speed, capacity and flexibility of modern optical communications systems. The designs for these devices exist, as do materials with suitable electro optical properties, such as LiNbO3.However, their potential has not been realized,… More

High Efficiency Selective Emitter Matched Thermophotovoltaic Cell Module

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$67,954.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Aleksander A. Maiorov, Staff Scientist
Abstract:
The Antimonides Group at Structured Materials Industries (SMI) has recently demonstrated high-efficiency InGaAsSb TPV cells with a cut-off wavelengths of 2.4 microns and is developing 1.8/2.4 micron tandem TPV and 2.7 InAsSbP TPV cells. The overallefficiency of TPV modules could be greatly improved… More

Splitgate Ferroelectric Transistor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph D. Cuchiaro, Vice President
Abstract:
We propose to develop a new nonvolatile Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FeRAM) device with a novel 1T gate cell structure for very high-density memories. This gate design will allow a ferroelectric memory to rival stacked-gate FLASH cell in density butwithout the drawbacks of floating gate… More

Very Low Absorption Interference Coatings for 1.0 to 1.3 Micron Laser Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist
Abstract:
"This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project will develop a novel thin film deposition technology to produce oxide thin films with very low optical absorption. In this Phase I effort, we will demonstrate proof of concept for the depositiontechnology, and that the resulting films have… More

A Scaleable Method for Fabricating Nonlinear Photonic Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
RI Contact:
Charles Hoffman
Abstract:
The University of Wisconsin has developed an MOCVD process by which micron-scale and nanoscale high contrast (air/LiNbO3) epitaxial film photonic structures can be fabricated. As a consequence of the large index difference, as well as the large secondorder optical nonlinearity of LiNbO3, very… More

P-Type ZnO Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
70665 The availability of p-type transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) with good properties would impact solar cell technology as well as a number of other fields. Although some new p-type TCOs have recently been demonstrated based on Cu and Ag oxides, a p-type ZnO thin film would be… More

SBIR Phase I: High Volume MOCVD AlGaN Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Project will develop a high volume/high pressure RDR-MOCVD nitride production tool. Two fundamental problems will be addressed. The first is the need for large area substrate quality and the second is the need for large area/high volume MOCVD… More

Radiation Hardened Nondestructive Read Out (NDRO) Ce(x)Mn(y)O(3) Ferroelectric Based EEPROM Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joe D. Cuchiaro, Vice President
Abstract:
SMI has discovered a new ferroelectric material, CexMnyO3 (CMO), that, for the first time, will allow nonvolatile ferroelectric memories to be formed directly on silicon - greatly simplifying the cell geometry and thus increasing density and performance -all while eliminating manufacturing steps and… More

Antimonide-based, High-speed, Low-power, Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
In the phase I SBIR program Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) successfully demonstrated that an antimonide-based HBT, with speeds in excess of 100 GHz and near zero turn-on voltage should be achievable. This was done by growing an AlInAsSb layerlattice matched to GaSb with an Al content… More

Multi-Kilometer Superconducting Tape Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
The objective of this SBIR program is to develop a production system for producing kilometer or more lengths of superconducting tapes. The tapes are based on superconducting YBa2Cu3Ox thin films, deposited by MOCVD, onto buffer coated metal tapes.Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) is… More

P-Type ZnO

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
70665S02-II A range of microelectronic devices, including electroluminescent (EL) devices, OLEDs, LEDs, photovoltaics, chemical sensors, and lasers among others, would benefit immediately from a viable p-type transparent conductive oxide. None are routinely available, although there exists… More

P-Type ZnO

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
70665S02-II A range of microelectronic devices, including electroluminescent (EL) devices, OLEDs, LEDs, photovoltaics, chemical sensors, and lasers among others, would benefit immediately from a viable p-type transparent conductive oxide. None are routinely available, although there exists… More

SBIR Phase I: In Line Thin Film Battery (Cathode) Plasma Enhanced-Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-MOCVD) Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Catherine Rice
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate proof of concepts of a next generation plasma-enhanced low temperature in-line linear PE-MOCVD (Web coating) system for thin film batteries. The requisite thin film battery technology exists and prototyping of the same on a… More

High Sensitivity Directional Hand Held Portable Microelectronics Neutron Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$75,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro
Abstract:
The United States faces a broad range of nuclear threats and technologies are needed to prevent or mitigate nuclear incidents. SMI has invented (patent pending) a near 100 volume percent efficient, real-time, microelectronic self calibrating and directional radiation detector. We can increase… More

A Single Event Upset Immune Re-Programmable FPGA Utilizing a Commercial Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro, VP Business Development
Abstract:
Radiation tolerant Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's) have gained wide and rapid acceptance by military and aerospace equipment suppliers; however, there are presently a limited number of chip-sets available for production. The lack of FPGAalternatives severely limits the range of available… More

CeMnO3 1T Bipolar Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,973.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph D. Cuchiaro, Vice President
Abstract:
Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) are used for power and mixed signal applications in radiation environments. Current BJT devices perform with volatile operation requiring constant power supply for uninterrupted access. We propose to create a nonvolatileBJT memoy device using proprietary SMI cerium… More

A Single Event Upset Immune Re-Programmable FPGA Utilizing a Commercial Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro, VP Business Development
Abstract:
Radiation tolerant Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's) have gained wide and rapid acceptance by military and aerospace equipment suppliers; however, there are presently a limited number of chip-sets available for production. The lack of FPGAalternatives severely limits the range of available… More

Scalable 500W Fieldable TPV Power Supply

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
We propose to develop a 500W thermophotovoltaic based power supply by combining and optimizing our highest efficiency 2.4 micron cutoff thermophotovoltaic cells with our partners developed burner that uses conventional fuels. In Phase I, we will completeengineering design based upon existing and… More

Very Low Absorption Interference Coatings for 1.0 to 1.3 Micron Laser Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Manag
Abstract:
This SBIR project is aimed at the development of very low absorption optical coatings, for components used in the Airborne Laser (ABL) missile defense system. We are developing a novel thin film deposition technology, based on remote plasma enhanced metal organic chemical vapor deposition… More

STTR Phase II: Low Voltage Ultrafast Traveling Wave Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Univ. WI-Madison
RI Contact:
Leon McCaughan
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II research project will develop compact, high-speed, low-voltage waveguide modulator devices, with capabilities well beyond those presently available. The enabling technology for these devices is a patented process for deposition and patterning… More

Chip-scale Photonic Crystal Optical Networks Based on Epitaxial LiNbO3 Thin Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Manager
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN
RI Contact:
Leon McCaughn
Abstract:
In this Phase I STTR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with our academic partners at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UWM), will develop technology to build chip-scale integrated photonic crystal device networks. The photonic crystal devices will be… More

CMOS Compatible Active Silicon Nanophotonic Devices and Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Brent Hoerman, Scientist
Research Institution:
Cornell University
RI Contact:
Daniel B. Whitaker
Abstract:
In this STTR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with our academic and industrial partners will design, develop, and demonstrate a more efficient and compact, silicon-based electro-optic modulator based on nanoscale photonic structures that is completely compatible… More

Laser Based Wireless Power Transmission System for High Altitude Airships

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program manag
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) proposes to develop a wireless power transmission system for the high altitude airship. The system will use a ground-based high power laser and photovoltaic receivers on the airship. Wireless power transmission has the potential for highly reliable,… More

High Efficiency InGaN Multijunction Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Cornell University
RI Contact:
Gary Decker
Abstract:
This Phase I STTR program will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating inherently radiation hard, high efficiency solar cells based on In(1-x)Ga(x)N photovoltaic devices using MOCVD. Recent results show that InN has a much narrower bandgap than previously believed: 0.7 eV, compared to earlier… More

Prompt-Dose Hardened Non-Volatile Re-Programmable FPGA

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Joe D. Cuchiaro, Vice President
Abstract:
There is currently significant effort in designing and developing microelectronic test structures, sub-circuits, models, and design techniques leading to a space radiation hardened re-programmable non-volatile Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). In this MDA Phase I effort, Structured Materials… More

Effective Flux Pinning In YBa2Cu3Ox Coated Conductors by Continuous MOCVD

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Manager
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., (SMI) will develop process and hardware technology for continuous production of YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) coated conductors with a nano-engineered array of non-superconducting particles. These non-superconducting precipitates will act as… More

The development of a Single-Event upset immune, re-programmable and non-volatile field programmable gate array (r-NV-FPGA)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Radiation tolerant Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's) have gained wide and rapid acceptance by military and aerospace equipment suppliers; however, there are presently a limited number of chip-sets available for production and they are limited to one time programming; hence if program changes… More

CMOS Compatible Active Silicon Nanophotonic Devices and Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Brent H. Hoerman, Scientist
Research Institution:
CORNELL UNIV.
RI Contact:
Mora Harris
Abstract:
In this STTR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with our academic and industrial partners will design, develop, and demonstrate a more efficient and compact, silicon optical modulator based on nanoscale photonic structures that is completely compatible with… More

Electro-Optically Activated, Si-Based Laser for All-Optic Integrated Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Brent H. Hoerman, Scientist
Research Institution:
CORNELL UNIV.
RI Contact:
Vicki Dan
Abstract:
In this STTR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with our academic and industrial partners will design, develop, and demonstrate an electro-optically activated, silicon-based laser based on specially designed nanoscale photonic structures. The technology to be… More

High Efficiency InGaN Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating high efficiency solar cells based on InGaN photovoltaic devices using MBE for material parameter optimization and MOCVD for manufacturability. Recent results demonstrating that InN has a much narrower bandgap than previously… More

Long Lifetime HID Lamps for Remote Source Lighting

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Manager
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) will develop long-lifetime, low-wattage High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, for remote source lighting applications. Remote source lighting systems have the potential for improved operating and… More

Large-Area Hybrid Substrates for HgCdTe Infrared Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Catherine Rice, Scientist
Abstract:
Mercury Cadmium Telluride, HgCdTe (MCT), is the most important material for modern infrared detectors and imaging arrays for wavelengths of strategic and tactical interest. Current substrates for HgCdTe detector deposition remain limited by high cost and severely limited available areas (CdZnTe bulk… More

Space Qualified Nonvolatile Memory Leveraging Commercial Fabrication Technolofy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. recently demonstrated excellent nonvolatile memory properties of a nonlinear dielectric. Within this Phase I SBIR we will transition our preliminary results to model the device and thin-film for a backside gate control EEPROM architecture to be integrated… More

Thick YBa2Cu3Ox films for Coated Conductors with Improved Critical Current

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Manager
Research Institution:
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK
RI Contact:
Pradeep Halder
Abstract:
In this STTR Phase I effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY), will develop process and hardware technology for continuous production… More

Radiation Hard Nonvolatile Chalcogenide-based Memories

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Edwin M. Dons, Scientist
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with BAE SYSTEMS, will develop and demonstrate an improved production technology for chalcogenide-based nonvolatile memories using MOCVD. The goal of this project is to fabricate and test alloyed and doped, chalcogenide Ge2Sb2Te5 test… More

Reactive Coating Materials as Lethality Enhancers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator:
Edwin M. Dons, Scientist
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I/II effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) will develop and demonstrate a thin film coating technology that can serve as both lethality enhancers and as functional coatings for munitions. The goal of this project is twofold: 1) we will fabricate and characterize… More

Silicon Germanium Alloy Photovoltaics for 1.06 Micron Wireless Power Transmission

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI)will design, fabricate, and test more efficient photovoltaics for 1.06 micron wavelength wireless power transmission (WPT) systems. The need for such photovoltaics is well understood by SMI and builds upon our exiting WPT… More

High Efficiency InGaN Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Catherine Rice, Scientist
Abstract:
The SBIR program's goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating inherently radiation hard, high efficiency solar cells based on InGaN photovoltaic devices using both MBE for material parameter optimization and MOCVD for manufacturability. Recent results by our SBIR partner at Cornell show… More

Fiber-Optic Etalon Pressure Sensor System with High Thermal and Mechanical Stabilities for Rotor Blade

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Jie Yao, scientist
Abstract:
Aerodynamics has important applications in high-performance military airplanes and helicopters, missiles and balloons. Despite the powerful computer simulations today, aerodynamic experiments and measurements are still needed for the input parameters to the simulation, for the final verification of… More

Microwave Filters Based on Advanced Thin-Film Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Mange
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI), in collaboration with a primary radar system supplier, will develop a broad based research and development plan, for thin film microwave filter technology, applicable to X-band active… More

Low Cost Phased Array Radars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist / Program Manager
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI), in collaboration with two primary radar system suppliers, will develop affordable, low-power density phased array radars. Our proposed technical approach will combine two emerging (yet well… More

Tamper Proof, Erase-on-Demand Memories

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,971.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Edwin M. Dons, Scientist
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries proposes to develop a self-powered Anti-Tamper device thermalization technology that is activated by either physical tampering or in response to an electrical signal generated by controller self-destruct circuitry or tampering detection circuitry. We will carry out… More

High Current Capacity YBa2Cu3Ox Coated Conductors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
High temperature superconductors offer the potential for significantly reduced costs in electrical power generation, transmission, storage, and conversion. However, in order to realize these benefits, improvements are needed to increase current carrying capacity and reduce the cost of YBa2Cu3Ox… More

A Non-Volatile SRAM For Spaceborne Applications Using a Novel Ferroelectric Non-Linear Dielectric

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Joe D. Cuchiaro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
A ferroelectric non-linear dielectric was recently discovered that, in their film form, possess a number of properties that make it an excellent choice for radiation-hardened electronics, particularly a radiation hardened (total dose hardened and SEE immune) non-volatile (NV) static random access… More

Gigabit/Second Random Number Generator Using White Noise Generated by Delayed Optical Homodyne

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$75,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Jie Yao
Abstract:
As more and more information is stored digitally and transmitted over the Internet, data and communication security becomes an ever more severe problem facing the military, the government and the financial industry, both for the United States and for all other developed countries. The need for data… More

SiC Power MOSFET with Improved Gate Dielectric

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Cornell University
RI Contact:
Michael G. Spencer
Abstract:
High power, SiC, metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transmitters (MOSFETs) are needed for a variety of applications, including nuclear physics research. However, SiC MOSFET device technology has been hampered by several device limitations, such as a low electron mobility, an unstable threshold… More

SBIR Phase I: Chemical Vapor Deposition Tool for Device Grade SiC Epilayers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will result in a high throughput, large area, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) tool for the production of device grade SiC epitaxial films and substrates. This proposal will develop, test and implement the technology. Silicon carbide… More

Silicon Germanium Alloy Photovoltaics for 1.06 Micron Wireless Power Transmission

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$600,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Brent H. Hoerman, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. proposes to develop SiGe photovoltaic technology that matches the Nd:YAG wavelength of 1.06 micron for insertion in future Wireless Power Transmission systems. Full development of the proposed technology will provide NASA with a low-cost, SiGe-based alternative… More

Radiation Hard Non-Volatile Solid Electrolyte Memory

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Catherine E. Rice, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Of high importance for various computing applications for aerospace and military components are memory devices that retain their memory state when no power is applied, and retain their memory state in a radiation environment. Under these conditions, nonvolatile memory devices based on standard… More

Gigabit/Second Random Number Generator Using White Noise Generated by Delayed Optical Homodyne

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$300,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
SMI proposes Gigabit/second Random Number Generator using the white phase noise generated by delayed optical homodyne. In Phase 1, we have successfully demonstrated and delivered to NIST a bench-top proof of concept of the proposed random noise generator operating at >10 Mega-bit/second. This… More

Miniature Spherical Retroreflectors Fabricated by Fluidized Bed CVD

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
As part of the DOE Proliferation Detection Program, miniature spherical lenses are sought for remote chemical detection using LIDAR. These miniature lenses can serve as retroreflectors for the atmospheric detection of chemical threat agents. Currently, there is no reliable method for producing… More

Radiation-Hardened Silicon Integrated Low-Loss Nano-Photonic Switches for Array LIDARs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jie D. Yao, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
LIDAR is an innovative technology for the next round of manned exploration of space. The LIDAR instrument transmits light out to a target. The transmitted light interacts with and is changed by the target. Some of this light is scattered back to the instrument where it is analyzed. The change in the… More

Fiber-Optic Etalon Pressure Sensor System with High Thermal and Mechanical Stabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jie P. Yao, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Atmospheric pressure sensing in particular is of critical importance to any attemp of Mars landing. Pressure sensing has traditionally always drawn high interest from the military due to its applications to high-performance military airplanes and helicopters, missiles and ballons. Aerodynamics also… More

Frequency-Agile Ka-band Filters Based on Functionally Graded BST Thin Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Scientist
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT
RI Contact:
Carol Welt
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) will develop compact, efficient, radio frequency filters, that are widely tunable within the Ka-band (26 to 40 GHz). The tunable Ka-band filters will have properties not possible using present technology,… More

Radiation Source Monitor and Remote Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,999.00
Agency:
DHS
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Willner, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
SMI proposes developing a portable continuous monitoring system including a radiation sensor, positioning hardware, and wireless communication with a base station for reporting in order to strengthen the nation s ability to monitor and safely utilize radiation sources in legal manners. The local… More

Efficient, Tunable Terahertz Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN
RI Contact:
Diane Barrett
Abstract:
Future battlefield systems will require new levels of performance from optical components. In particular, there is a strong need for efficient, high-power terahertz (THz) sources and detectors. The lack of sufficiently powerful, compact sources and detectors in the 0.3 to 30 THz range has so far… More

SBIR Phase I: Chemical Vapor Deposition Tool for Chalcogenide Random Access Memory (C-RAM).

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will result in a high throughput, large area, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) tool for the production of device grade chalcogenide films for chalcogenide random access memory (C-RAM) non-volatile memory. Current non-volatile memory technology… More

SBIR Phase I: Optical Motherboards with Nano-Second Memory Bus Latency enabled by CMOS-Compatible Inter-Chip Optical Communications Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Jie A. Yao, DPhil
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will result in a computer bus system with nanosecond latency time in addition to enhanced bus bandwidth. The rapid growth in computer speed is fueled by the increasing device density and computing speeds. However, a major roadblock to… More

SBIR Phase I: Dose Sensor for Proton Beam Cancer Therapy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will develop dose sensors for use in ion beam and proton beam cancer therapy. The proposed technical approach will result in compact, low-cost dose sensors with high sensitivity, high accuracy and good long term stability. The… More

SBIR Phase I: Production Halide-CVD System for Bulk SiC Crystal Growth

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will result in a low cost-of-ownership production system for commercial grade bulk SiC substrates up to 6"" in diameter. It proposes to develop, test and implement a production system for high purity, bulk SiC crystal growth… More

SBIR Phase I:Novel High-Volume Spherical Microlens Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Research Program project will develop novel spherical microlenses with controlled, radially graded refractive index for advanced optical applications, including laser tracking, remote sensing, and communications, among others. Much theoretical and practical interest has focused… More

Integrated Waveguide Recuperative Optical Isolators

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Bruce I. Willner, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and the Cornell Nanophotonics Group propose to develop and commercialize a new form of optical isolator which can be incorporated into integrated photonics platforms. The Recuperative Optical Isolator is of a completely new design based upon waveguide… More

Radiation-Tolerant Reprogrammable FPGA for Digital Signal Processing Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Field Programmable Gate Arrays are a widely used technology; however, they are generally limited in reprogrammability. Radiation hard, low power and high density ReProgramable FPGAs (RP-FPGAs) would be a tremendous asset in long duration missions. The ability to adapt to changeing mission profiles… More

Frequency-Agile Ka-band Filters Based on Functionally Graded BST Thin Films

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT
RI Contact:
Carol Welt
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) and our University partners are developing compact, efficient, voltage-tunable, radio frequency (RF) filters. Although the Phase I and Phase II efforts are directed toward RF filters for use in the Ka band… More

Radiation-Hardened Silicon Integrated Low-Loss Nano-Photonic Switches for Array LIDARs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,968.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Gary Tompa, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Manned planetary exploration has become re-invigorated, thanks to President Bush's recent call for a lunar base to be established within two decades and manned landing on Mars sometime after 2030. Such exciting explorations will demand innovative technologies for the next round of manned exploration… More

Miniature Spherical Retroreflectors Fabricated by Fluidized Bed CVD

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Miniature spherical retroreflectors are an enabling technology for remote laser sensing of chemical, biological and radiological agents in the atmosphere. Prior to this SBIR project, no suitable fabrication technique existed to produce spherical retroreflectors with the required graded index of… More

Fabrication Technology for Oxide Film Heterostructure Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
Drexel University
RI Contact:
Margaret Vigiolto
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and our STTR partners will develop commercially viable fabrication technology for oxide heterostructure based nano electronic devices. Oxide heterostructure devices, consisting of a polar oxide such as LaAlO3 and a non-polar oxide… More

Low-Cost Route to Single Crystal CVD Diamond Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Rutgers University
RI Contact:
Steve Schnetzer
Abstract:
Future progress in experimental particle physics will be centered on research at high luminosity colliders. In order to fully realize the potential of these systems, high energy particle detectors must be able to withstand the intense radiation environment. High energy particle detectors based on… More

Radiation-Tolerant Reprogrammable FPGA for Digital Signal Processing Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$600,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Field Programmable Gate Arrays are a widely used technology; however, they are generally limited in reprogrammability. Radiation hard, low power and high density ReProgrammable FPGAs (RP-FPGAs) would be a tremendous asset in long duration missions. The ability to adapt to changing mission profiles… More

High Volume Manufacturing of NanoEngineered High ZT Thermoelectrics for Multiple Energy Generation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
University of California Santa Cruz, NECTAR Center
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
SMI has teamed with a leading thermoelectric (TE) research group in order to optimize and convert high-performance TE materials developed in laboratory-scale into economically producible products for NASA missions and commercial applications. Recent results with nanocomposite films have shown that… More

STTR Phase I: Graphene Based NOx Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Cornell University, University of South Carolina at Columbia
RI Contact:
Ken Packman
Abstract:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will develop a low-cost, high sensitivity detector for nitrogen oxides (NOx) based on graphene. Gas detectors, such as the presently proposed NOx… More

Graphene Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$75,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
Cornell Universtiy
RI Contact:
Diane West
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) and our STTR partners will develop a graphene film deposition system, for both research and production applications. The proposed graphene tool will accommodate wafer sizes up to 6 inch, and will be… More

Full Spectrum Zinc Oxide Nanowire Sensors By MOCVD

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Bruce I. Willner, Senior Engineer
Research Institution:
Drexel University
RI Contact:
Jonathan S. Spanier
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries and Drexel University propose to develop an electrically contacted aligned zinc oxide nanowire array for highly efficient, broad spectrum focal plane arrays. The properties of ZnO make it a very promising material for optoelectronic devices. In particular, the wide… More

NanoEngineered High ZT Solid State Nanocomposite Thermoelectric (ssnTE) Manufacturing for Multiple Energy Generation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Although thermoelectrics (TE) is a mature technology for the direct conversion of heat into electrical energy, the introduction of nanotechnology has inspired a revolution in capability and applicability. Recent results with nanocomposite films have shown that Figures of Merit (ZT) much greater… More

Optimization of Ultra-Efficient YBCO Tape Propduction Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Superconducting magnets are required for the development of fusion energy. In order to achieve safe, reliable, economic, and environmentally-benign operation of fusion energy systems, significant advancements in superconductor materials will be required, particularly with respect to the cost of… More

Low Cost InGaN Device Production and HOVPE Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Nick Sbrockey, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
In this SBIR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) will develop a low-cost production technology, and the commercial tool set, for low cost InGaN devices production. InGaN and the related group III-Nitride semiconductors are important for a range of… More

Radiation Hard X-Ray Detector for Image-Guided Proton Beam Cancer Therapy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Proton beam cancer therapy is fast becoming a mainstream technology in the US, offering the potential for successful cancer treatment with minimum damage to adjacent healthy tissue. The main advantage of proton beam the rapy is its ability to target small tissue… More

Development of Advanced Programmable Memristors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, President
Research Institution:
Boise State University
RI Contact:
Maria I. Mitkova, Ph.D
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), working with others have demonstrated functioning fundamental memristor material technology. In this program, working with our University partner and end use collaborators, we propose to provide an infrastructure for making memristor materials at… More

Advancing CRAM Producibility

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, President
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, SMI will work with an established producer of radiation hardened CRAM and the originators of CRAM technology to utilize the manufacturing benefits of i) MOCVD processing, ii) advanced active material compositions for CRAMs, and thus, (iii) further optimize CRAMs. In Phase I we… More

Hybrid Integrated Photonics for Ultrahigh Throughput Optical Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,991.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Willner, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
Cornell University
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. and Cornell University propose to develop high speed integrated photonic switches and WDM for LIDAR applications. The team has recently shown that single mode silicon nitride (Si3N4) waveguides to have very low propagation losses. This material is an ideal… More

Low Cost InGaN Device Production and HOVPE Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Gary Tompa, President
Abstract:
InGaN and the related group III-Nitride semiconductors are important for a range of electronic device applications, spanning lasers, LED's, photovoltaics, detectors, and high speed / high power devices. Present production technologies such as MOCVD and MBE are too slow and too expensive for… More

Recovery Act - ZnO/ZnS/P3HT Core-Shell Heterostrucure Organic Hybrid Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
State-of-the-Art Organic solar cells such as Polymer-fullerene using P3HT-PCBM have a 1 sun AM 1.5 power conversion efficiency of ~ 4.4%. We herein propose to develop substrate agnostic hybrid photovoltaic structures combining a ZnO contact layer, lattice strain accommodating ZnO nanorod cores with… More

Fabrication Technology for Oxide Film Heterostructure Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-3974
Research Institution:
Drexel University
RI Contact:
Margaret Vigiolto
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and our partners are developing commercially viable fabrication technology for oxide heterostructure based nanoelectronic devices. Oxide heterostructures, consisting of a polar oxide such as LaAlO3 and a non-polar oxide such as… More

Graphene Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Cornell University
RI Contact:
Mora C. Harris
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and Cornell University are developing a flexible graphene film deposition system, for both research and production applications. In Phase I, our team demonstrated technical feasibility of scaling existing graphene process technology… More

NanoEngineered High ZT Solid State Nanocomposite Thermoelectric (ssnTE) Manufacturing for Multiple Energy Generation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,000,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Thermoelectrics, a technology for the direct conversion of heat into electrical energy, is a mature technology that is; however, undergoing a revolution in capability and applicability with the introduction of nanotechnology. Recent results with nanocomposite films have shown that Figures of Merit… More

STTR Phase II: Graphene Based NOx Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$500,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
STRUCTURED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES, INC.
RI Contact:
Michael G. Spencer
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project will develop a low-cost, high sensitivity detector for nitrogen oxides (NOx). The detector will be based on the recently discovered material - graphene. In its most elemental form, graphene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms… More

High-Efficiency, Nanowire Based Thermoelectric Devices for Radioisotope Power Conversion

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Nick Sbrockey, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal responds to topic S3.03 of the 2010 NASA SBIR solicitation, for Power Generation and Conversion. Thermoelectric devices offer a simple and reliable means to convert radioisotope thermal energy into useable electrical power. Previously, thermoelectric devices based on… More

Graphene for Expandable Space Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Willner, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Graphene's tightly bonded impermeable single atomic layer of carbon offers unrivalled potential for lightweight flexible gas barrier applications. Graphene has been shown to be conductive, durable, flexible, and impermeable, ideal for wall material of inflatable space structures. SMI proposes… More

MOCVD of High Performance Complex Oxide Films for Switchable Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Univ. of Colorado - Colorodo Spring
RI Contact:
Gwendolyn A. Gennaro
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and partners will develop high efficiency, switchable RF filters. The technical approach is based on thin films of paraelectric BaxSr1-xTiO3 and SrTiO3, which can show piezoelectric behavior under an applied DC bias. When integrated… More

CMOS-Compatible Silicon Integrated Photonics-based WDM Node

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Bruce I. Willner, Senior Engineer – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Cornell University
RI Contact:
Michal Lipson
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Structured Materials Industries, Inc. and the Cornell Nanophotonics Group propose to develop a compact, low-power WDM module for fiber optic networks which combines integrated photonics and CMOS electronics on one substrate. The WDM module will use demonstrated, innovative, very compact,… More

Full Spectrum Zinc Oxide Nanowire Sensors By MOCVD

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$500,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Willner, Senior Engineer – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Drexel University
RI Contact:
Jonathan Spanier
Abstract:
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) with its partner, Drexel University, propose to build upon our Phase I success and continue the development of electrically contacted zinc oxide nanowire (NW) arrays for highly efficient solar blind UV sensors, and implement them in a packaged prototype… More

Tunable RF Band-Pass Filters Based on Multi-ferroic Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Nick Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) and partners will develop high-speed, low-loss, tunable RF bandpass filters. The filters will meet all requirements for tunability, tuning speed, insertion loss, bandwidth and linearity, as specified in… More

High Performance InAs and InN Semiconductor Gas Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
University of South Carolina
RI Contact:
R. S. Etheredge
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and partners will develop low-cost, planar gas sensors, with high sensitivity and high selectivity. Gas sensors are critical to many existing and emerging applications in defense and homeland security. Present technology gas sensors… More

HOVPE Growth of High Quality AlGaN on AlN substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Penn State University
RI Contact:
Kevin White
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) along with the Electro Optics Center - Pennsylvania State University will apply its hybrid Hydride Metal-Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (HOVPE) based growth methods to produce optimum quality AlxGa1-xN on AlN substrates. The Phase I goal… More

Atomic Layer Deposition of PbZrxTi1-xO3 Thin Films for PiezoMEMS Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Penn State University
RI Contact:
Kevin White
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) will develop process technology to deposit uniform films of piezoelectric PbZrxTi1-xO3, on substrates with complex 3-dimensional topography. Piezoelectric PbZrxTi1-xO3 films are a critical technology for advanced Micro Electro… More

High-Current Low-Cost Efficient Power Transistors for Household Appliances

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
An effective approach to addressing the needs of the American energy market includes both the exploration and implementation of alternative energy sources along with improvements in the efficiency. Thus far, a relatively untouched sector of energy consumption has been the efficiency of household and… More

MOCVD of High Performance Complex Oxide Films for Switchable Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$375,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Univ. of Colorado - Colorado Spring
RI Contact:
Gwendoln A. Gennaro
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and partners are developing high efficiency, switchable RF filters. The technical approach is based on thin films of paraelectric BaxSr1-xTiO3 and SrTiO3, which can show piezoelectric behavior under an applied DC bias. When… More

High-Efficiency, Nanowire Based Thermoelectric Tapes for Waste Heat Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Nick Sbrockey, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
UCSC-OSP
RI Contact:
Gary Tompa
Abstract:
Thermoelectric devices offer a simple and reliable means to convert radioisotope thermal energy into useable electrical power.Present thermoelectric devices based on bulk materials are limited by low conversion efficiencies, due to fundamental limitation of identifying materials with both a high… More

Scalable Single- and Multi-"Boule"Bulk GaN Substrate HVPE Production Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, President – (732) 302-9274
Abstract:
GaN-based devices are currently grown on foreign substrates such as SiC and Al2O3, due to the lack of high quality GaN substrates. It is well known that the use of foreign substrates limits device performance due to a high dislocation density in the GaN film. Structured Materials Industries, Inc.… More

Infrared-Transparent Electromagnetic Shield

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Nick Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) will develop infrared-transparent, electromagnetic shielding coatings that can be applied to electro-optic sensor windows and domes. The coatings will be based on films of indium nitride (InN), deposited by… More

Lightweight Graphene Wire Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Gary S. Tompa, President – (732) 302-9274
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In order to lower the weight in aircraft that is associated with wiring; there are few choices: (i) superconducting wires could be used; but would seem effective only for high currents; (ii) new materials could be developed using exotic electronic principles, which have strong merit; or… More

Transparent Conductive AlGaN/GaN Coatings for EMI/RFI Attenuation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Nick Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc (SMI) and partners will develop an electrically conductive, optically transparent coating for attenuation of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). The proposed coating will be based on the wide bandgap… More

Atomic Layer Deposition of PbZrxTi1-xO3 Thin Films for PiezoMEMS Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Nick M. Sbrockey, Principal Scientist – (732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Penn State University
RI Contact:
Sally L. Cord
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and partners will develop hardware and process technology to deposit uniform films of piezoelectric PbZrxTi1-xO3, on substrates with complex 3-dimensional topography. Piezoelectric PbZrxTi1-xO3 films are a critical technology for… More