Polymer-ceramic Nanocomposites for High Power Capacitors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: F064-002-0461
Amount: $749,907.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T002
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 President/Chief Scientist
 (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
biological Engineering
Storrs, CT, 6269
 (860) 486-8704
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Agiltron is developing a new family of polymer-ceramic nanoparticle composite dielectric materials for high power capacitors such as required in directed energy pulsed systems. In Phase I we showed that embedding large dielectric constant fillers into nanodielctrics results in a composite with greatly improved breakdown strength and reduced dielectric loss compared to conventional materials. Our nanocomposites will have a dielectric constant 2 to 3 orders of magnitude larger and a breakdown strength 2-3 times larger than polyimide's and the dielectric loss will be less than 0.01. Our nanodielectric films will also be flexible and can be folded and rolled like plastic sheets, important in the fabrication of compact capacitors. In Phase I, Agiltron has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of this approach; in Phase II we will further develop the nanoscale interfaces through molecular dynamic simulation with a goal of optimizing the nanocomposite fabrication process. We will also demonstrate scale up of fabrication process and develop a plan for commercial manufacturing of this new generation of nanodielectrics. Agiltron is an emerging source for advanced nanomaterials and devices with a strategy of creating a series of spinoff companies.

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