SBIR Phase I: High Rate Synthesis of Diamond and Other Superhard Materials

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0419526
Agency Tracking Number: 0419526
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
120 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Oleg Voronov
 (908) 445-2245
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Phone: (732) 885-5909
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will further develop a prototype high pressure/high temperature apparatus, which will be capable of generating pressures of 10-30 GPa at 2000-5000C in mm3 volumes. Having realized this objective, samples of high quality single crystal and polycrystalline diamond by controlled crystallization from a high purity carbon melt will be prepared and evaluated. This will substantiate the unique capabilities of the apparatus. Concurrently functionally-graded nano-TiC/WC/Co and nano-diamond/WC/Co anvil materials will be prepared. This new class of superhard/tough materials as well as the process to fabricate them at high rates will have applications including punch and die sets, wire drawing dies, forging blanks, drill bits, machine tools for example.

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