DMI-9623767 Chandler This Small Business Innovation Research, Phase II project builds on the successful results obtained in the synthesis of high-value precious metal/metal oxide composite powders (Ag, Pd. Au, Pt) by spray pyrolysis carried out in Phase I. Powders containing precious metals are used extensively in the electronics industry for manufacture of circuit boards and capacitors. Current methods of powder synthesis cannot adequately control the size distribution of the powders, nor give controlled phase and elemental composition and in the case of Palladium provide useful oxidation resistance. The Phase I feasibility study has demonstrated that Pd and Pd/metal oxide composite powders produced by spray pyrolysis have enhanced properties over commercially available powders made by existing techniques. Pd-containing powders have been prepared with better control over size, size distribution and crystallinity which also results in the added value of improved oxidation resistance. The Phase II effort is aimed at determining whether the added value imparted to these powders can be maintained at higher production scales. This will be achieved by the design, construction, testing and refinement of a works prototype spray pyrolysis reactor capable of producing sufficient (kg) quantities of these powders to be incorporated into pastes and tested in electronic components such as multi-layer ceramic capacitors, MLCCs. This requires the development of a novel aerosol generation and classification system and powder collection unit as part of Phase II research. The powders produced by this research will have applications in the electronics industry as the base powder used in making screen printed circuit boards and as the metallization of MLCCs. Successful completion of Phase II research will result in a strong advantage over traditional metal powders in the MLCC market due to better oxidation resistance and a cost reduction from inert filler material.

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Joseph E. Hennessey
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Nanochem Research, Inc.
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