Session 23: RF Technology
Aerosol Jet Printed Functional Nanoinks: From New Materials to RF Components
Thursday, June 22, 2017
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Printable inks that have applicability to the aerospace industry are highly desirable, however there has been no evidence that printed materials are robust or reliable enough to survive the harsh air or space environments. Traditional aerosol jet printed metals tend to react over time, even under ambient conditions. Here, the results of initial reliability tests will be presented to demonstrate the potential of tailored inks for aerosol jet printing in space environments. We will also introduce a new phase change ink based on germanium telluride (GeTe) that when aerosol jet printed yields an amorphous material that can be thermally switched between crystalline and amorphous states. This is critical for printed, reconfigurable radio frequency (RF) switches and now enables rapid prototyping of new RF components. Devices of these phase change materials have been printed and their electrical performance will be discussed.
Jesse Tice is a Principal Scientist in Northrop Grumman’s new basic research center, NG Next, and directs the Nanomaterials Laboratory focused on molecular chemistry, synthesis, and physical characterization of nanomaterials. His research emphasis is in nanomaterials for aerospace and defense, and has previously led many applied research efforts including thermal management technologies from the junction to radiator panel on aerospace platforms. Jesse has received numerous awards from Northrop Grumman including the President's Award and Most Promising Engineer of the Year.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry, and is currently the Co-Director of the Northrop Grumman Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics at USC.
NG Next, Northrop Grumman