The goal of this research is to develop a process suitable for producing monolithic conformal substrates with a spatial arrangement of material cells according to a particular design creating novel material systems, useful for many multi- functional electronic and Radio Frequency devices. In this study, MCT ceramics (Mg-Ca-Ti-O systems) and organic binders (polymer solution) are mixed and fabricated as films through a process called tape casting to compromise between high dielectric constant and flexibility. Prior to optimizing the process, several characterization studies are carried out: Commercial spray dried MCT powders (Transtech Inc.) with dielectric constant k=70 and k=20 were analyzed as pressed and produced into tape cast films. Dielectric properties are then measured by an Agilent 16451B material analysis kit and their microscopic behavior is examined by scanning electron microscopy. Results show that flexible composite films show a maximum dielectric constant of ε∼22 unlike their powder pressed form with ε ∼16 but their loss behavior deteriorates when compared with their sintered form and a loss tangent factor of 0.001. The difference is attributed to the air content vs. polymer presence of the material in powder pressed form. Also, these substrates naturally are no longer flexible; hence studies are focused on their tape cast form. The potential of these dielectric shades to serve as candidate constituents for producing monolithic textured polymer-ceramic-composites with controllable loss is studied further. Four properties are of prime importance: tunability of dielectric constants to achieve miniaturization, flexibility via low temperature processing of polymers and loss controllability.
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