Low Cost Al/Diamond Composites for Thermal Management Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS5-02123
Agency Tracking Number: 013817
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Sion Pickard
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 Dr. Withers
Title: Business Official
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
In Phase I, MER has demonstrated low cost diamond/Al and diamond/Mg composites, which have the highest thermal conductivity of any known isotropic composite available today (>640 W/m/K), with low CTE (<7.5 p.p.m/K) for compatibility with GaAs and Si devices in electronics applications. The Phase II effort is focused on confirming low cost fabrication and processing of diamond/Al composites into useful forms including rolling of thin sheet (0.05 thick) and sheet joining for space radiators and building power electronic devices, using vapor deposition techniques for adherent dielectric layers with laser micro-machining and metallization techniques for 3-D devices.

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