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Polyimide Nanocomposite Circuit Board Materials to Mitigate Internal Electrostatic Discharge

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Polyimide Nanocomposite Circuit Board Materials to Mitigate Internal Electrostatic Discharge
In Sub-topic T8.02, NASA has identified a need for improved circuit boards to mitigate the hazards of internal electrostatic discharge (IESD) on missions where high energy electrons may lead to internal electrostatic discharge-based failure. The proposed STTR program will transition polymer technology developed at the Research Institution, the College of William and Mary, to NASA programs and to the private sector through the aegis of the Small Business, International Scientific Technologies, Inc. The program Technical Objectives include evaluation and selection of nanoparticle, organometallic, and metal-ligand additives compatible with polyimide resins to produce electrically conductive circuit boards that reduce the effects of IESD, fabrication of polyimide films incorporating metallic nanostructures to optimize both volume and surface electrical resistivities, and characterization of electrical conductivity, electron beam charging effects, and thermo-mechanical properties of the polyimide resin circuit board materials. The innovation of the Phase I and Phase II programs is the development of polyimide nanocomposite circuit board materials that are resistant to Internal Electrostatic Discharge. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is 2 at the beginning of Phase I and 4 or higher at the end of Phase I. More »

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