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High Performance Dielectrics for High Energy Density Capacitors

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Department of Defense
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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1994 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aspen Systems, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752-3017
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: High Performance Dielectrics for High Energy Density Capacitors
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $37,070.00


Aspen Systems proposes to develop high dielectric constant (K), low loss tellurium polymers to meet the design objectives of high energy density capacitors. In the proposed Phase I program we will apply rigorous computational chemical techniques to predict the properties of this new class of polymers. We will attempt the synthesis of the parent polymer of the tellurium family, fabricate films for testing, and measure its electrical properties. initial calculations indicate that these polymers will have better dielectric properties than analogous polymers containing sulfur and selenium. Dr. William Welsh, University of Missouri, St. Louis, will serve as the modeling consultant, and Dr. Daniel Sandman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will guide the synthetic work. The development of materials like these proposed polymers are crucial to overcoming the current plateau in dielectric materials development. The development of high dielectric constant, low loss dielectrics will have immediate application in meeting the needs for high energy density capacitors.

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Joseph Piche

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Aspen Systems, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No