SBIR Phase I: Low Temperature Formation of Polycrystalline Ferroelectric BaTiO3 Thin Films

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0060082
Agency Tracking Number: 0060082
Amount: $97,284.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Integral Wave Tech, Inc.
700 Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Nelms
 (501) 575-5614
Business Contact
 David Nelms
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (501) 575-5614
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a process for growing ferroelectric, polycrystalline barium titinate (BaTiO3) thin-films, by anodic oxidation of polycrystalline titanium, in a barium hydroxide (BaOH2) electrolyte. By utilizing this novel, low-cost method of ferroelectric formation, it will be possible to obtain thin, uniform ferroelectric films at relatively low temperatures (less than 100C) that exhibit dielectric constants around 200. Though films of this nature find applications in various other electrical devices, the company will utilize this novel technology, if successful, for integral thin-film decoupling capacitors due to the significant advantages offered over traditional discrete decoupling capacitors. Another potential application is optical waveguides. Ferroelectric thin films have applications in thin-film passive components as well as optical waveguides.

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