Conformal Highly Conductive Graphene Coatings with IR Transparency

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,999.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-12-C-0080
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-145-0046
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-145
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Systems and Materials Research Corporation
1300 West Koenig Lane, Suite 230, Austin, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
033171534
Principal Investigator:
David Irvin
Principal Chemist/Directo
(512) 757-5441
davidirvin@systemsandmaterials.com
Business Contact:
Malcolm Prouty
President and Marketing L
(512) 535-7791
prouty@systemsandmaterials.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) proposes a low cost, thermally reduced, conformal, non-line-of-sight graphene based conductive coating. Graphene has received much attention for being highly conductive and transparent in the visible and near-infrared region. To date, graphene has been expensive to produce and process. In conjunction with Texas State University San Marcos"Institute for Nanophase Research, we are co-developing low cost graphene coatings that are IR transparent. Starting with naturally occurring humic acid extracted from lignite coal, we process the material in aqueous solutions culminating in a reductive bake-out at 600 degrees C to produce 1 to 5 layer graphene films that are highly conductive and highly transmissive in the visible and 3-5m range. These films can be produced on flat or domed structures. In addition to producing graphene samples for testing, we will also model the refractive index matching needed to produce antireflective top coat or interlayers to maximize transmission and decrease reflective losses. We will measure the radio frequency (RF) attenuation from 8-110 Ghz using our in-house stock of RF transceivers.

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