Polymer-ceramic Nanocomposites for High Power Capacitors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: F064-002-0461
Amount: $99,929.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-T002
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORPORATION
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 004841644
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 CTO
 (781) 935-1200
 jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT
 Carol Welt,
 Department of Chemical, Materi
Storrs, CT, 06269
 (860) 486-8704
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to develop new polymer-ceramic nanoparticle composites for high power capacitors. The new approach combines the leading-edge nanomaterials development and manufacturing at Agiltron will transfer the high dielectric constant fillers to our new nanodielctrics with extremely improved breakdown strength and extensively lowered dielectric loss. We expect to fully overcome the problems of current techniques by creating a high dielectric constant interphase region around filler particles and by using low filler loading to accomplish improvements in capacitors that are orders of magnitude improved over current devices. Our nanocomposites will have a dielectric constant 2 to 3 orders of magnitude higher than that of polyimide, a breakdown strength 2-3 times higher than that of polyimide, and dielectric loss lower than 0.01. Importantly, our nanodielectric films will be flexible due to the low filler loading, and they can be folded and rolled like plastic sheets to build compact capacitors. The goal of the proposed program is to develop new nanocomposite films for high power capacitors. The proposed dielectric films will be flexible, and thermally stable with high dielectric constant (hundreds to thousands), high breakdown strength, and low loss.

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