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).

IMS Awarded NASA SBIR Phase II Contract

January 1, 2010

IMS has been awarded NASA SBIR Phase II contract focusing on conducting research on “InGaN High Temperature Photovoltaic Cells." The ultimate goal of this Phase II project is to develop InGaN photovoltaic cells for high temperature and/or high radiation environments to TRL 4 and define the development path for the technology to TRL 5 and beyond. The Phase I project has demonstrated InGaN materials with bandgap, n/i/p doping levels, optical properties, and temperature behavior appropriate for solar cells. IMS regards InGaN as both a stand-alone space power solution for high temperature/radiation environments and also as an enabling technology for better efficiency terrestrial/space solar cells where environmental factors are less of an issue. Although acknowledging that current InGaN technology is not as advanced as its Si and III-V competitors, we believe that InGaN will be able to achieve the goals of this project.

IMS Awarded NASA SBIR Phase I Contract

January 1, 2010

IMS has been awarded a NASA SBIR Phase I contract for "Drastic Improvements in Bonding of Fiber Reinforced Multifunctional Composites." The goal of this project is to develop an intelligent and ultra-strong adhesive bonding system by: (i) modification of bonding surfaces through pulsed laser-assisted generation of Micro-Column Arrays (MCA) structures, (ii) employment of carbon fiber and carbon nanotube reinforced epoxy to interlock micro-columns structures and enhance the overall bond strength, (iii) generation of selected nanocomposite adhesive regions acting as functional materials and transducers. Technology developed through the proposed program will be employed for bonding of a wide spectrum of fiber reinforced multifunctional composites used to replace metals for space applications ranging from vehicle parts or components to structures and platforms. The improved bonding technology will provide the solider with stronger, light weight vehicles, which can out-last and out-perform their metallic counterparts.

IMS Awarded DOE SBIR Phase I Grant

August 1, 2009

IMS has been awarded a DOE SBIR Phase I grant for the development, fabrication, and testing of Photo-Enhanced Hardened Flat Cold Cathodes Based on III Nitride. The objective of this project is to develop, fabricate, and test ultrahigh speed, high-stability, high current density photon-enhanced planar cold cathodes based on avalanche photon/electron emission diodes fabricated from III-Nitride semiconductor materials. The unique features and benefits, as well as advantages over the existing micro-tip based technology include: (i) High speed in the femtosecond range; (ii) Electron emitting interface completely protected from the environment under the test by a III-Nitride based film; (iii) Field emission current uniformly distributed across the flat diode contact area; (iv) Improved field emission efficiency; (v) Simultaneous emission of photons in a broad energy range, including ultraviolet; (vi) Compatibility with MEMS technology and standard processes and equipment used for fabrication of conventional silicon-based semiconductor devices.

IMS Awarded NSF Phase I SBIR Grant

January 1, 2009

The SBIR proposal Metamaterials for Giant Dielectrics and Energy seeks to develop polymer coated conducting nanoparticles that will be used as dielectrics composite in high energy storage capacitors.. This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project explores a novel laser processing technique to produce nano-dielectric films which are based on polymer coated metal nanoparticles. This will enable in-house synthesis of nano-dielectrics films using laser irradiation of target materials in a liquid environment exhibiting a dielectric constant several orders of magnitude higher than that of the host polymer. Scaling up this technology will lead to fabrication of high energy density capacitors with both reduced size and mass.

IMS Awarded NASA Phase I SBIR Grant

January 1, 2009

IMS has been awarded a Phase I SBIR to investigate the use of InGaN as high temperature solar cells for NASA. This project seeks to demonstrate that InGaN materials are appropriate for high operating temperature single junction solar cells. Single junction InGaN devices would be especially beneficial to missions near the sun and those in high radiation environments. During this project, IMS will fabricate and test structures optimized for operation at temperatures above 100ºC.

IMS Awarded DOD Phase II SBIR Grant

June 1, 2008

IMS has been awarded a Phase II SBIR to develop High Efficiency InGaN Solar Cells. This project is a follow up on the successful completion of Phase I work (see news July 2007) to demonstrate the feasibility of InGaN materials as components for advanced high efficiency solar cells. In the course of this project, IMS will develop InGaN photovoltaic devices with high conversion efficiencies for DOD concentrator terrestrial and AM0 orbital power generation.

IMS Awarded DOD Phase 1 SBIR

July 1, 2007

IMS has been awarded a Phase I SBIR to investigate InGaN as an advanced solar cell material for High Efficiency InGaN Solar Cells.  This project seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of InGaN materials as components for advanced high efficiency solar cells concentrator terrestrial and orbital power generation.

IMS Awarded DOD Phase I SBIR

July 1, 2007

IMS is chosen to develop new bonding technology for Ultra-Strong High Temperature Bonding. The project provides for the resolution of engineering issues as they relate to bonding of dissimilar materials for use in harsh environments. (more information available)