STTR Phase I: Actively Seeded Microwave Processing of Multifunctional Silicon Carbide

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0419855
Agency Tracking Number: 0419855
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3604 Townehouse Drive, Coram, NY, 11727
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Manju Singh
 (631) 355-2371
Business Contact
 Manju Singh
Phone: (631) 355-2371
Research Institution
 SUNY Stony Brook
 John Metzger
 Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY, 11794
 (631) 632-9949
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will have a novel approach for the rapid fabrication of low-cost and net-shape, silicon carbide components with specifically tailored multifunctional properties. These materials will be produced by microwave-induced pyrolysis of an actively seeded, high-purity preceramic polymer. The control of processing parameters will allow for direct control over material micro/nano-structure, mechanical, electrical and/or thermal characteristics, and physical properties including porosity and gas permeability. A variety of polymeric precursors to silicon carbide have been formulated that contain silicon and undergo a polymer-to-ceramic conversion when heated at temperatures above 800C, which allows the production of highly three-dimensionally covalent refractory components that are difficult to fabricate via the traditional powder processing. In order to reduce processing time and provide a larger throughput rate, nonconventional heating systems, such as microwave heating, are being investigated.

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