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Single Crystal Self-Assembly

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0145
Agency Tracking Number: D131-001-0108
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB131-001
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-05-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-02-07
Small Business Information
2778A Agua Fria St.
Santa Fe, NM -
United States
DUNS: 078452068
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Matias
 (505) 577-3193
Business Contact
 Vladimir Matias
Title: President
Phone: (505) 577-3193
Research Institution

iBeam Materials practices a technology for fabricating large-area crystalline-aligned coatings (films) on polycrystalline substrates using ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD). Crystalline-aligned films of MgO are routinely made using IBAD with grain alignment of a few degrees. This process was originally developed for manufacturing of high temperature superconductor wire in km lengths. We propose to apply this technology for preparing biaxially oriented seed crystals of BaTiO3 (BTO) for bulk templated grain growth (TGG) of biaxially textured materials. Epitaxial BTO films have been demonstrated on IBAD-textured templates to have properties approaching films grown on single crystals. In addition to IBAD texturing another technology iBeam practices is to planarize substrates by chemical solution deposition, a process called solution deposition planarization (SDP). By removing this SDP layer using an appropriate material, one can lift off the crystal-aligned BTO template film and place it in a precursor matrix for TGG growth of bulk biaxially oriented BTO.

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