MEMS-scale Pyrotechnic Materials
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 5/9/2019

Opportunity Description

Research opportunity: Electronics chip-level pyrotechnic compositions for small scale initiation applications require optimization for volumetric or gravimetric energy output, shelf life, and controlled low energy ignition. Anticipated research activities include: • Carry out accelerated aging studies with porous silicon fuel combined with compatible oxidizers • Identify chemical aging mechanisms and implement alternative reactants, passivation layers, or other parameters to improve and optimize shelf life. • Characterize combustion behavior of electronic chip-level pyrotechnic compositions including porous silicon using high speed video analysis, standard bomb calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), pyrometry, or other suitable experimental methods. • Relate behavior to reactant material metrics such as porosity, pore size, specific surface area, and stoichiometry. • Identify issues preventing or enabling the use of energy storage materials with porous silicon or other pyrotechnic compositions for thermal energy conversion and other energy conversion applications. • Advise, collaborate, and participate in mask and process design requiring knowledge of MEMS and semiconductor fabrication processes and equipment such as photolithography, metal evaporation, sputter deposition, plasma etching, and ion milling.

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Adelphi, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 5/9/2019

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