Awards & Activities

  • Winner of 2004 Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Award
  • Over $ 2.25 million R & D funding in the form of Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) awards (2002 – present)
  • Possible industrial collaboration with several large US manufacturing companies
  • Patented & Trademarked

Ceramic Microfabrication

Cercanam® Cycling

1800°C Flame Temp

Summary of Cercanam® Properties

  • Ultra-high surface area attainable in a monolithic ceramic part (as high as 100 m2/g)
  • Retains its high surface area after exposure at temperatures as high as 1000°C
  • Chemically stable at temperatures as high as 1500°C in air, H2, CO2, and syngas
  • Excellent thermal cycling and thermal shock resistance (from 800°C to room temp)
  • Offers low cost, one step processing
  • Can achieve near net shapes for complex geometries using wet casting or dry powder pressing, with near zero shrinkage after low-temp firing (200°- 800°C)
  • Excellent for micro-features and micro-channel applications, and high tolerance fabrication
  • Excellent potential for low-temperature (< 150-200°C) curable ceramic coatings and monolithic parts>
  • Moisture resistant and stable in boiling salt water after firing to 800°C
  • For a detailed list of Cercanam® properties, click here.

Cercanam® is also available in a liquid (slip) form which can be cast into a desired mold with appropriate built-in features. As a result, external and internal features can be cast into it without any machining.

This one step ceramic microfabrication process gives net-shaped and net-sized parts with no machining. This approach can be used to make, for example, biomedical micro-fluidic devices & MEMS devices. See pictures below for specific examples.

Ceranam Cast of Penny

External features were cast onto Cercanam® with no machining. Here a copper penny was used as the template mold

internal features of microfabrication

Internal features were cast into Cercanam® with no machining. These array of holes are 125 µm ± 1 µm in diameter and 250 µm ± 1 µm apart

microstructures of microfabrication

Microstructures molded (micro-fabricated) into curved Cercanam® (Courtesy: Cannon et al., Georgia Tech)

microfabricated ceranam pyramids