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Funding for Two New Military Research Projects

The appropriations measure also contains $1 million for research and development of a JP-8 Soldier Fuel Cell. The funding will support research on development of a power source for use by individual soldiers - an innovative, portable, highly efficient, source of energy that is the size of a soda can. Researchers will focus on making modifications and improvements to a fuel cell designed to provide the power needed to support advanced communications and electronic gear during longer combat missions. The initial design was developed by CAMP's industrial partner, NanoDynamics Inc. of Buffalo, New York.

Current batteries are too heavy and expensive. While this new fuel cell will weigh only 7.5 pounds, it will be optimized to provide 3,000 watt-hours of use before needing to be recharged. CAMP researchers Professors Dan Goia, Ian Suni, Prag Pillay, and Raghu Rengasamy plan to work with NanoDynamics Inc. of Buffalo, New York, to accelerate research on the fuel cell's development and deliver a prototype according to specifications, which will be detailed in a contract with the Army.

 

CAMP Professor Dan Goia is Developing Anisotropic Conductive Metallic Particles for Military Applications

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As a result of the special milling additives, the newly developed processes can yield flakes/platelets by 'flattening' not only particles of chemically stable noble metals (Ag, Au), but also particles of reactive metals (like copper), without the need to exclude oxygen from the milling environment (Figure 2). These highly anisotropic conductive metallic particles & materials can be used effectively in both military (obscurant smokes) as well as non-military applications (EMI shielding of electronic devices, decorative and/or conductive coatings, conductive thin layers and electrodes, etc.).

 

CAMP Professor Cetin Cetinkaya Receives Funds for Two, Two-Year Projects

Sematech, Inc. is funding $421,388 for a two-year project titled "Advanced Photomask Clean." This project involves research carried out by Professor Cetinkaya and his group to control the contamination on advanced Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) photomasks. Higher energy photons, associated with smaller exposure wavelengths, combined with other factors contribute to the creation of mask surface contamination.

In addition Professor Cetinkaya is receiving $239,499 for a two-year period from Intel, to develop a fundamentally new detachment model for nanoscale particles (spherical and irregular shapes) under the influence of laser-induced plasma and shock waves.

 

 

Figure 1: (a) Copper rods, (b) platelets, and (c) 'fiber-like' Ag obtained by chemical precipitation

 

Figure 2: (a) Isometric input metallic (Ag, Cu) particles ( 1.0 mm), (b) Cu flakes, (c) Ag flakes, (d) cross section of a 30 nm Ag flake

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