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Nanomaterials for Thermal Management of Electronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32049
Amount: $60,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2929-P1 Eskridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Reshma Kumar
 (703) 560-1371
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Research Institution

As electronic packaging densities increase, more heat is being generated per unit area. The reliability of electronic components is, therefore, increasingly dependent on the ability to transfer heat. Current chip performance is limited in keeping up with the increased power densities, 30% of which is attributed to packaging materials. The disadvantages of current methods of fabrication of thermal management materials like W-Cu and Mo-Cu include segregation of copper - lakes and pools of copper in the matrix, primarily caused by blending inhomogeneity. This Phase I effort will be directed towards engineering of high thermal conductivity nanocomposites which will be compatible with the electronic semiconductor materials in terms of CTE's (5-9 ppm/xC). Sono-gel processing will be used to coat nanopowders of graphite and molybdenum with copper to improve bending homogeneity and result in dispersion of copper at the submicron level. The coated nanopowders will be consolidated into bulk materials (through Ultra-High Pressure Sintering allowing minimal grain growth, limiting porosity and resulting in better mechanical properties, high thermal conductivity and predictable CTE's. Phase II will involve extensive testing of prototype heat sinks fabricated from these composites, in collaboration with our industrial partner, Spectramat, Inc., paving the way for their commercialization.

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