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Micro-templated electrochemical formation of composite obscurant disks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-19-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A181-056-0281
Amount: $99,959.01
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-056
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-13
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dorin Preda
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) will develop bi-spectral obscurant materials with tight dimensional control and properties that promote good pyrotechnic or pneumatic dissemination.In response to the Army requirement, PSI has fabricated copper disks with a diameter of 3 microns and controllable nanoscale thickness.During the proposed program PSI, will scale-up the fabrication of the copper disks, incorporate 2D materials as part of the copper disk structure, characterize the composite disks and measure their spectroscopic properties upon dissemination.PSI will be assisted by Prof. Owen Miller at Yale University, who will use his expertise in materials spectroscopic properties prediction to support composite disk chemistry and architecture optimization.PSI has developed and demonstrated a reusable micro-template to rapidly synthesize about 7 million copper disks per square centimeter during a deposition time of less than 10 seconds. During the Phase I effort we will optimize the thickness of the metal disks, incorporate 2D materials that will boost disk modulus, enhance spectroscopic extinction and bandwidth and provide dissemination with at least 10X Figure of Merit compared to brass flake IR obscurant.We will deliver a series of 1 gram samples to the Army for evaluation during the program.

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