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Advanced Ferroelectric Polymers for High Energy Density Capacitors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-2114
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T05-0068
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT05
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-04-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-02-01
Small Business Information
7610 Eastmark Drive
College Station, TX 77840
United States
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Naima Bestaoui-Spurr
 Research Scientist
 (979) 693-0017
Business Contact
 G. Renee Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (979) 693-0017
Research Institution
 University of Connecticut
 Antje Harnisch, Ph.D.
97 N. Eagleville Rd, Unit 3136 Unit 1133
Storrs, CT 6269
United States

 (860) 486-4102
 Nonprofit College or University

To shrink the size and weight of pulsed power systems used by various military systems, the Air Force seeks to increase the energy density of their capacitors. Polymers/ceramics nanocomposites are promising materials for such capacitors. They combine the high dielectric constant of the ceramic and the high breakdown strength and processability of polymers. In collaboration with the University of Connecticut, Lynntech will develop ferroelectric polymers by mixing ferroelectric materials into commonly used capacitor polymers. Density Functional Theory (DFT) method will be used to design materials and complemented with materials synthesis that will provide the experimental evidence of feasibility. BENEFIT: The significant market opportunities arise from the dual-use applications for (i) military applications and (ii) private sector. The commercial market opportunity can provide with a cost-competitive device for high power microwave systems, manned and unmanned aircraft, directed energy weapons, insulation for electric machines, aircraft ignition systems, power conditioning, defibrillators, medical x-ray equipment, particle accelerators, advanced radar systems, and utility distribution substations and machining equipment and other applications. .

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