Nov. 2, 2005 – Applied Thin Films Inc., a company developing nanoscale-designed ceramic materials and thin films, announced it has received government contracts valued more than $3 million over a period of three years with the Department of Defense as the primary sponsor.
The projects are targeted toward advancing the company’s flagship product, Cerablak, which is a nanoscale-designed ceramic material based on aluminum phosphate compositions. Under a contract from the Navy, Applied Thin Films will develop radome material based on Cerablak’s dielectric properties for missile systems capable of hypersonic flight.
Under a recently concluded Phase I SBIR Navy contract, the company said it has demonstrated feasibility of using Cerablak as a protective coating for exhaust components of the Joint Strike Fighter. In addition, the company received a contract valued at about $250,000 from the Department of Army to explore the use of Cerablak for small arms weapon systems targeted toward increased reliability and durability in harsh environments.