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Ionic Self-Assembled Electric Field Tunable Frequency Adaptive Electronic Materials and Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36500
Amount: $98,232.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 11704
Blacksburg, VA 24062
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Miller
 (540) 953-4267
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Research Institution

This DARPA SBIR Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of revolutionary ionic self-assembly methods of creating electric field-tunable thin-film electronic materials and devices. Exciting recent work at F&S and Virginia Tech has shown that the ionic nature of the self-assembly process inherently results in the spontaneous regular geometric ordering of noncentrosymmetric dipole molecules. Alternating ultra-thin dipole molecules and low-loss polymers in successive monolayers yields a polar ferroelectric thin-film material, with properties determined by both the monolayer constituents on the molecular level. Very recent F&S research results indicate that these thin-films exhibit both piezoelectric and electro-optic behavior. Initial results also indicate that the thin-films exhibit long-term stability, in contrast to poled piezoelectric polymer materials that degrade with time. The self-assembly process additionally allows simplicity of manufacturing, adaptability to two- and three-dimensional patterning and low-cost. F&S has licensed the enabling Virginia Tech patent for self-assembled noncentrosymmetric thin-films, and would work with Virginia Tech and Litton to rapidly transition recent laboratory results to prototype device products.

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