nGimat Awarded an Air Force Phase II to Develop Nanostructured Multilayered Tunable Dielectrics for High Power Microwave Applications

March 3, 2010 – nGimat has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II from the U.S. Air Force to continue the development of nanostructured multilayered tunable dielectric materials with high dielectric permittivity, low dielectric loss, high dielectric strength, and large nonlinear response to electric field for high frequency high power microwave applications.

The development of electronic devices that are robust, highly efficient, compact, and powerful with wide operational frequency range is critical for enabling precision effects and full battle-space awareness for the U.S. military. High performance tunable dielectric materials are needed with high dielectric permittivity, low dielectric loss, high dielectric strength, and large nonlinear response to electric field. However, existing dielectric materials cannot meet these requirements completely.

In this Phase II effort, based on the excellent results achieved in the Phase I, nGimat Co. will further optimize the novel nanostructured multilayered dielectric materials and related process technique, design non-linear transmission line structures, and scale up to large wafer size. nGimats proprietary Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) technique will be utilized to produce the proposed dielectric materials with controlled layer thickness and stacking periods and with improved electrical properties over existing dielectric materials. The proposed material systems will enable a significant overall improvement in future electronic components and systems enabling new military and commercial capabilities and have wide applications in both the military and industrial areas, including phased array antennas, tunable filters, and phase shifters.

Through its core technology of NanoSpraySM Combustion Processing, nGimat is a cost-effective manufacturer and innovator of nanoEngineered MaterialsSM in the following areas: nanopowders, thin films and devices. The Company currently has a portfolio of 45 U.S. patents, 71 non-U.S. patents, and is processing about 56 patent applications.