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Thickness and Formats:

Thin E-Strate® thicknesses: 20 and 40 microns.

Formats for 20 and 40 microns thicknesses: riribbon, sheet, and wafer.

Thin E-Strate® meets the need for a new substrate: flexible for economical patterning and moisture impermeable for longer product lifetimes. This flexible ceramic substrate offers a lower profile, lighter weight and increased durability. As this ceramic is inert, there is no concern for out gassing or impurities coming from the substrate. It is 99.9% dense! Surface roughness is 20 - 25nm and the material is easily coated by thick film, thin film and jetting processes. High temperature thin films can be deposited for higher quality and better performance.

Download: a Zirconia Sheet, or a Zirconia Ribbon Brochure, please note there are changes to the kit configurations listed on the second page of the Zirconia Sheet brochure.  The configurations on the website are correct.

With Fraunhofer IKTS, prior to 2012.  A thinner substrate is the motivating factor as shown in this table:


"Good for Solar PV CdTe......"
Dr. Al Compaan

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Advantages of Using Thin E-Strate®

Thin E-Strate® for active or passive device fabrication. More robust than silicon.

As a ceramic, 3YSZ is inert, of high purity, tolerates processing temperatures to 1200°C, and with its low thermal mass can tolerate high thermal shock during deposition or coating processes.

Being ultra thin to 20 microns thick, it presents a very low thermal resistance path for heat removal and a super thin profile for component coating.  Multi-layers of active layer coated Thin E-Strate® can easily be stacked into low profile components.

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Industry Applications of Thin E-Strate®

Thin E-Strate® redefines the world of robust flexible ultra-thin ceramic foils.  Major applications include:

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    Solar PV
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    Fuel Cells
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    Gas Sensors
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