IMS Awarded NSF SBIR PHASE II Grant

September 1, 2010

IMS has been awarded an NSF PHASE II grant in response to a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal focusing on the development of a high-k nanodielectrics-based thin film material with core-shell nanoparticle architecture.  The high- capacitance core comprises of metal nanoparticles with polymers as the shell. The nanoparticles will be entrained in a broad spectrum of host polymers via a novel approach to produce high dielectric-constant films with minimum loss of dielectric strength.  A novel approach is proposed using laser energy and wet chemistry for selective polymerization to coat each metal nanoparticle with a polymeric shell and to support the scale up of this process without losing the unique and valuable properties of core-shell (nanoparticles).