STTR Phase I: Novel Nanoparticle Complexes for Tunable Dielectric Materials

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$149,827.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0930621
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
NSF 08-608
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0930621
Solicitation Topic Code:
MM
Small Business Information
SciGenesis, LLC
518 North Main Street, Suite 207, Hattiesburg, MS, 39401
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
826942463
Principal Investigator
 Praveen Madasu
 DSc
 (601) 818-0612
 praveen.madasu@scigenesis.com
Business Contact
 Praveen Madasu
Title: DSc
Phone: (601) 818-0612
Email: praveen.madasu@scigenesis.com
Research Institution
 University of Southern Mississippi
 Cecil D Burge
 118 College drive #5116
Hattiesburg, MS, 39406 1892
 (601) 266-4701
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project seeks to develop new low-loss materials for tunable dielectrics, which are suitable for high-frequency applications and possess significant tunability at low temperatures. The most common tunable dielectric material is a ferroelectric. However, despite considerable advancements in the application of ferroelectrics to tunable dielectrics in recent years, these materials still possess unacceptable high losses and limited tunability, especially where application to high frequency and room temperature requirements must be met. The broader impacts/commercial potential will be the range of products that will benefit from improved tunable dielectric materials. Applications from cellular phones and hearing aids for consumers to remote sensing instruments and tunable microwave devices for industrial and military uses are made possible by the use of tunable dielectrics. The new nanocomposite materials enabled by the proposed innovation will provide lower losses and improved tunability at low voltages compared to current voltage tunable dielectric materials. These materials will enable smaller sized components, lower power consumption, and improved performance in existing applications and may also create opportunities for broader applications of the material. High-frequency tunable materials would also have application in both civilian and military applications, such as agile thin and thick film antennae, varactors (variable capacitors), phase shifters, tunable dielectric resonators, tunable impedance matching devices, tuned filters, and communication and remote sensing applications. The materials developed in this program will have a stimuli-responsive component, in that the dielectric permittivity will be sensitive to electric field effects.

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