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A Novel Decontamination Process for Powders for Transparent Ceramics

Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

The invention describes a pretreatment process to remove unwanted impurities in ceramic powders by treating powders in ultra-high vacuum with or without concurrent heating for extended period of time. The process does not modify the physical characteristics of the powders resulting in better product quality because of reduced batch-to-batch variations.

Primary Application Area: Aerospace & Defense

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This is the only technology that can decontaminate a powder without any change in the physical properties, which are critical in achieving desired properties in the final parts. This technology provides a starting powder with minimum batch-to-batch variations, leading to better reproducibility of properties and reliability in the final products.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 816

Website: www.lehigh.edu/nano/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Advanced Materials Partnership Technology for Aerospace and Defense, NASA Grant No.: NNX10AJ20G

Lehigh University/ Mid-Atlantic Partnership for NASA Nanomaterials, NASA Grant No.: NNX09AT33A

PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Contract No.: C000046984

Primary Sources of Funding: Other

Looking for: Development / License Partners