MRS Proceedings


Flexible Ceramic-Polymer Composite Substrates with Spatially Variable Dielectrics for Miniaturized RF Applications

2009 MRS Spring Meeting.

Zuhal Tasdemira1 and Gullu Kiziltasa2

a1, Sabanci University, Mechatronics Engineering, Sabanci University, Orhanli, 34956, Tuzla, Istanbul, 34956, Turkey, 2164839584, 2164839550

a2, Sabanci University, Material Science and Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey


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.

(Received June 02 2009)

(Accepted June 30 2009)

Key Words

  • ceramic;
  • dielectric properties;
  • polymer