Awards

$80K

Transparent Conductive AlGaN/GaN Coatings for EMI/RFI Attenuation

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N141-038
Budget: 06/25/14 - 12/29/14
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

In this SBIR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc (SMI) and partners will develop an electrically conductive, optically transparent coating for attenuation of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). The proposed coating will be based on the wide bandgap semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN). GaN is trans...

$150K

Lightweight Graphene Wire Production

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF141-062
Budget: 06/11/14 - 03/04/15
PI: Dr. Gary S. Tompa

ABSTRACT: In order to lower the weight in aircraft that is associated with wiring; there are few choices: (i) superconducting wires could be used; but would seem effective only for high currents; (ii) new materials could be developed using exotic electronic principles, which have strong merit; or (iii) known materials can be used in clever ways....

$125K

ZnMgO Nanowire Based Detectors and Detector Arrays

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-S1.04
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries (SMI) and partners propose to develop an electrically contacted zinc magnesium oxide (ZnMgO) nanowire array for highly efficient UV focal plane arrays. The properties of ZnMgO make it a very promising material for optoelectronic devices. In particular, the wide bandgap (3.37 eV) and large ...

$80K

Infrared-Transparent Electromagnetic Shield

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N132-123
Budget: 11/15/13 - 05/14/14
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

In this SBIR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) will develop infrared-transparent, electromagnetic shielding coatings that can be applied to electro-optic sensor windows and domes. The coatings will be based on films of indium nitride (InN), deposited by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD...

$375K

MOCVD of High Performance Complex Oxide Films for Switchable Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Agency: Army
Topic: A11A-T016
Budget: 02/08/13 - 01/30/14
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and partners are developing high efficiency, switchable RF filters. The technical approach is based on thin films of paraelectric BaxSr1-xTiO3 and SrTiO3, which can show piezoelectric behavior under an applied DC bias. When integrated into resonator structures, these materials c...

$150K

Scalable Single- and Multi- “Boule” Bulk GaN Substrate HVPE Production Tool

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Topic: DTRA122-001
Budget: 02/01/13 - 08/31/13
PI: Dr. Gary S. Tompa

GaN-based devices are currently grown on foreign substrates such as SiC and Al2O3, due to the lack of high quality GaN substrates. It is well known that the use of foreign substrates limits device performance due to a high dislocation density in the GaN film. Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) has developed a hybrid HVPE approach to g...

$125K

High-Efficiency, Nanowire Based Thermoelectric Tapes for Waste Heat Recovery

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of California Santa Cruz

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-1-T3.01
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

Thermoelectric devices offer a simple and reliable means to convert radioisotope thermal energy into useable electrical power.Present thermoelectric devices based on bulk materials are limited by low conversion efficiencies, due to fundamental limitation of identifying materials with both a high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivi...

$150K

High-Current Low-Cost Efficient Power Transistors for Household Appliances

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 11 C-2013
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13
PI: Eric Gallo

An effective approach to addressing the needs of the American energy market includes both the exploration and implementation of alternative energy sources along with improvements in the efficiency. Thus far, a relatively untouched sector of energy consumption has been the efficiency of household and consumer devices. Small, incremental improveme...

$100K

High Performance InAs and InN Semiconductor Gas Sensors

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of South Carolina

Agency: Army
Topic: A12A-T014
Budget: 09/13/12 - 03/12/13
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and partners will develop low-cost, planar gas sensors, with high sensitivity and high selectivity. Gas sensors are critical to many existing and emerging applications in defense and homeland security. Present technology gas sensors based on metal oxide films do not have the req...

$100K

HOVPE Growth of High Quality AlGaN on AlN substrates

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Agency: Army
Topic: A12A-T019
Budget: 09/13/12 - 03/12/13
PI: Dr. Nick M. Sbrockey

In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) along with the Electro Optics Center - Pennsylvania State University will apply its hybrid Hydride Metal-Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (HOVPE) based growth methods to produce optimum quality AlxGa1-xN on AlN substrates. The Phase I goal is to convincingly demonstrate the advantages ...

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