PLZT Nano-Precursors for High Energy Density Applications

Technology Summary

To improve the manufacturing and performance of ceramic materials Sandia National Laboratories has developed a method for synthesizing lanthanum-doped lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) nanoparticle precursors.

Description

Using room temperature aqueous-based chemistry Sandia’s method produces nanocrystalline material with superior breakdown strength and high energy density. This technical improvement confers drastic manufacturing benefits, reducing the weight, size and ultimately the cost of ceramic-based devices like capacitors.
This co-precipitation method is low cost and easily scalable, facilitating the transition into commercial, military and defense arenas. The aqueous solution alleviates environmental and safety concerns and serves to further reduce manufacturing costs.
Using room temperature aqueous-based chemistry Sandia’s method produces nanocrystalline material with superior breakdown strength and high energy density. This technical improvement confers drastic manufacturing benefits, reducing the weight, size and ultimately the cost of ceramic-based devices like capacitors.
This co-precipitation method is low cost and easily scalable, facilitating the transition into commercial, military and defense arenas. The aqueous solution alleviates environmental and safety concerns and serves to further reduce manufacturing costs.

Benefits

  • Reproducible
  • Low Cost and Scalable
  • Aqueous Solution Confers Improved Safety
  • End-Product Exhibits Superior Breakdown Strength and High Energy Density

Applications and Industries

  • Pulsed Power
  • Oil Exploration
  • Capacitors
  • Thermistors
  • Transducers
  • Military & Defense
  • Automotive
Technology IDSD # 12119Development StageDevelopment - Sandia estimates this technology at a TRL 4: Key concepts have been validated in the laboratory environment. AvailabilityAvailable - Various licensing and partnership opportunities exist. Please contact the intellectual property department to discuss.Published07/29/2013Last Updated07/29/2013