Nanograin Ceramic Optical Composite Window

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0229
Agency Tracking Number: N045-008-0381
Amount: $69,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T008
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
150H New Boston Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 114584175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kewen Li
 VP Materials Technologies
 (781) 935-2800
Business Contact
 Hua Jiang
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Research Institution
 University of Puerto Rico
 Fernando B Pic¿
 Research & Development Center, University of Puerto Rico
Mayag¿ez, PR, 00681
 (787) 831-2065
 Nonprofit college or university
Infrared (IR) window materials possessing both good optical and mechanical properties have been identified and developed for several decades. While their optical properties have been perfected to approaching the theoretical limits, higher mechanical strengths are still sought to meet the ever-demanding application needs. One route to improved mechanical and other properties will be through nanostructure engineering. It is possible to realize the next-generation IR window materials with properly designed nanostructural composite materials, in which two or more phases are combined at the nano scale to give enhanced properties not achievable with any of the single components. Boston Applied Technologies, in collaboration with University of Puerto Rico, proposes a novel chemical process to conveniently synthesize nanograin ceramic IR windows in production volume. The high purities of the starting materials will be maintained in the final products since the entire nanoparticle synthesis process will be eliminated. A recently developed combinatorial forming technique will be used to quickly and economically scan a few candidate systems. This unique approach will enable us to establish a vast materials database, from which the best composite formulation can be identified and further optimized. The availability of higher strength IR windows will certainly advance U.S. defense capabilities, and at the same time find many new applications in numerous commercial markets.

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