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RAP opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory     AFRL

Printed, Flexible Microwave Circuits


Sensors Directorate, RY/Sensors Division

opportunity location
13.35.01.B7518 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Carrie Marie Bartsch 937.713.8854


This research focuses on the use of non-traditional fabrication techniques, such as additive manufacturing, for the advancement of microwave and RF circuits. We are exploring the creation of devices that combine traditional fabrication techniques with non-traditional fabrication techniques. The performance of these devices will be compared to that of state-of-the-art devices fabricated by traditional means. The development of improved devices for use in microwave circuits (including, but not constrained to, inductors, capacitors, transistors, and antennas) is critical in moving beyond the end of Moore’s Law.

This proposed project will explore the use of non-traditional fabrication techniques, such as additive manufacturing, for the advancement of microwave circuits. The use of additive tools and processes, such as ink jet printing, aerosol jet printing, nano-imprint lithography, and nScrypt printing, should be used along with traditional fabrication techniques in this project. Existing procedures for microwave device testing will be used to analyze and compare these devices.

Potential non-traditional materials may include oxides, graphene, CNTs, organic polymers, and nanoparticles. Our in-house research involves device modeling, design, fabrication, testing, and the comparison of printed devices with those fabricated using more traditional techniques.


key words
Microwave circuits; RF circuits; Electronics; InkJet printing; Aerosol printing; Additive manufacturing; Printed electronics;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$80,000.00 $5,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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