When you step back and think about it, capacitors are an electronic component used everywhere in the world. In fact, they are used away from the world too. The material science required for capacitors to operate from under the ground to Mars, and everywhere in between, is complicated but rewarding.
About Materials Research for Manufacturing
Springer International Publishing recognized the knowledge of our scientists and engineers in Materials Research for Manufacturing. This book focuses on important challenges and new trends in applied material science research. Expert contributions include chapters from companies like General Electric Corporation, Dow Chemical Company, Corning Inc., Procter & Gamble, and KEMET! The book targets engineers, researchers, and managers in industries using various advanced materials.
The continuing trends in electronics are miniaturization, increased functionality, and most recently connectivity. These trends drive the need for high reliability capacitors in segments such as the connected car, personal health care, space exploration, and defense applications.
KEMET’s chapter in Materials Research for Manufacturing covers an introduction to the construction and the manufacturing of ceramic and tantalum capacitors.
Specific detail is provided on the development and application of Base Metal Electrode (BME) capacitors for high reliability (Hi-Rel) and space applications. Polymer tantalum capacitors for high reliability applications is also addressed.
About our Contributors
Dr. Abhijit Gurav
Abhijit Gurav is the Vice President of Ceramic Technology at KEMET Electronics Corporation, Greenville, SC. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering and materials science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Prior to joining KEMET, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the NSF Center for Micro-Engineered Materials at UNM. He has 19 refereed publications and over 80 conference proceeding contributions. His areas of expertise include internal electrode and dielectric materials, processing and reliability of MLCCs, production and characterization of metal and ceramic powders, aerosols, nanomaterials, and electron microscopy.
Dr. Yuri Freeman
Yuri Freeman received MS as engineer-physicist and Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine. He worked as Principal Scientist in Russian capacitor industry and then at Vishay Sprague in Sanford, ME, and now at KEMET Electronics. Yuri’s work is focused on science and technology of Tantalum and Niobium-based capacitors. He published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and received 42 patents in this field. As Adjunct Professor of Material Science Yuri is also teaching at Clemson University.
Dr. Erik Reed
Erik Reed first joined KEMET in 1976 as a technician in their QA Environmental Test Lab after receiving a BS in Broadcast Engineering from Bob Jones University. While at KEMET he studied Electrical Engineering at Clemson University, receiving a B.S. in 1985, M.S. in 1988, and Ph. D. in 1990. He also has been employed by the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Clemson University, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. He rejoined KEMET in 2007 to work in their Advanced Technology Group. Dr. Reed has authored numerous technical papers concerning electromagnetic theory, capacitor performance, and capacitor reliability. He is named inventor or co-inventor in nine patents.
Dr. Xilin Xu
Xilin Xu received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from the Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China in 1993 and 1996, respectively. After working in the industry in China for four years, he went to the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) and received a Ph.D. degree in ceramic engineering in 2004. His experience and expertise include piezoelectric and dielectric ceramic material processing and characterization, electronic ceramic product development and project management.