Recent News/Press Releases:

Latest news: Surmet's ALON® technology (Transparent Aluminum) featured on Discovery's Daily Planet show

Surmet Proudly Announces its role in NASA's New Horizons missionSurmet wins ACerS Corporate Technical Achievement Award


Our Technology In The News

Transparent Polycrystalline Materials Resist Bullets
Capable of stopping 50-caliber, armor-piercing rounds, ALON and Spinel are hard and durable transparent polycrystalline materials manufactured using powder based processes.
ASM's Advanced Materials & Processes, Nov/Dec 2015.
ALON and Spinel Manufacturing Scale-Up program at Surmet
This Title III project is establishing a domestic production capability for ALON® and spinel optical ceramics. Emphasis is placed on increasing size, quality, yield, and affordability of ALON® and spinel and on facilitating component evaluation, qualification, and insertion. These two extremely durable, transparent materials can be produced in the shapes and sizes required for aircraft transparencies, missile domes, reconnaissance windows, and transparent armor applications.
DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT COMMITTEE
Built-to-last Surmet reflects aspiration for advanced manufacturing to generate growth
Surmet Corp.’s products are built to withstand trying conditions. The company makes durable window panels for armored vehicles, protecting soldiers while giving them a better view of outside threats. The company also produces window panels used in aircraft carrying reconnaissance cameras, and sturdy domes for missile systems.
THE BUFFALO NEWS
Transparent polycrystalline cubic spinels protect and defend
With their manufacturing problems solved, the many desirable properties of the polycrystalline transparent ceramics γ-AlON and magnesium-spinel have led to many military and commercial applications.
AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY BULLETIN, Vol. 92, No. 2
Strong Glass: Making Transparent Armor Stronger and Lighter
The original transparent armor consisted of several layers of glass held together in a frame. Later, glass layers were bonded together to form stronger laminates, an application still in widespread use today.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Enhanced Armor
New shields to fend off evolving battlefield threats.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Air Force Testing New Transparent Armor
AIR FORCE PRINT NEWS
Researchers Put Bullet-Proof Glass on a Diet
Material Allows for tougher, lighter shields.
ABC NEWS

Our Technology In The Media

"So the scientists turned their back on glass, and went for aluminum insted. Which sounded weird to me, but as always with chemistry, things were not exactly what they seemed. The substance in questions was aluminum oxynitride, which they claimed was a transparent polycrystalline ceramic...

The aluminum oxynitride started as a powder, which was carefully mixed, like flour for a cake, and then it was compacted in something called a dry isostatic press, and then it was baked in an extremely high temperature, and then it was ground and polished, until it looked more like glass than glass itself. It was optically perfect...".
Lee, Child. Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel. Print.

"Sure, he could have spent a lifetime in therapy doing successive aversion training or some other bullshit to get over his nervousness, or he could just have all his windows custom built out of aluminum oxynitride by a company called Surmet. They called their product ALON and it could stop multiple .50 caliber armor-piercing rounds, meaning an ordinary sniper bullet had about the same chance of getting through as a mosquito. How did those MasterCard ads go? 'Aluminum oxynitride bullet-resistant glass - ten dollars a square inch. Peace of mind that no one's about to blow your brains out with a scoped rifle - priceless.'"
Eisler, Barry. Requiem For An Assassin. Penguin, 2007. Print.


Recent White Papers & Publications

ALON Conformal Windows_SPIE 2015
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ALON® GRIN Optics for Visible-MWIR Applications
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ALON and Spinel Excel as Infrared Optical Materials
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Manufacturing of Aluminum Nitride Powder for Advanced Applications
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Transparent Ceramics Enable Large, Durable, Multifunctional Optics
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Transparent Ceramics Find Wide Use in Optics
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Scale up of Large ALON® Windows (SPIE Proceedings)
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In vitro biological and tribological properties of ransparent magnesium aluminate (Spinel) and aluminum oxynitride (ALON®)
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Al–O–N based duplex coating system for improved oxidation resistance of superalloys and NiCrAlY coatings
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Optical Properties of ALON (aluminum oxynitride)
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Characterization of ALON® Optical Ceramic
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Durable Coatings for IR Windows
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Recent Advances in ALON® Optical Ceramic
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Recent Advances in Spinel Optical Ceramic
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Surmet Press Releases

Surmet Wins 3-year DARPA Funding for Fabrication of ALON® Optical Ceramics
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on December 17, 2013 via PR Web
Surmet wins ACerS Corporate Technical Achievement Award
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on June 25, 2013 via PR Web
Surmet Achieves Major Milestone on its ALON® Window Scale-up Program
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on May 28, 2013 via PR Web
Surmet Wins Another SBIR Phase I from the U.S. DoD
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on November 30, 2012 via PR Web
Surmet Wins Two More SBIR Phase II Awards from DOD
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on September 30, 2012 via PR Web
Transparent ALON® Windows are Currently Being Evaluated for Use in Many Laser Applications
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on July 31, 2012 via PR Web
Advances in Making Large ALON® Transparent Armor Windows
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on June 30, 2012 via PR Web
Surmet Expands ALON® Production Capabilities to Meet Growing Demand
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on May 31, 2012 via PR Web
Surmet-led Team Wins Phase II Award from DARPA to Develop ALON® Manufacturable Graded Refractive Index (M-GRIN) Lenses
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Apr. 30, 2012 via PR Web
The Successful Demonstration of the Bonding of Metal to ALON® Optical Ceramic Creates many New Opportunities in Critical Applications that Include Oil and Gas Drilling
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Mar. 31, 2012 via PR Web
Surmet Corporation Enters 30th Year of Operations with Many Significant Accomplishments
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Feb. 29, 2012 via PR Web
Scanning Electron Microscopy of Fracture Reveals Significant Grain Boundary Weakness in Lithium Fluoride Doped, Vacuum Hot Pressed and HIPped Transparent Magnesia Spinel
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Jan. 31, 2012 via PR Web
Army's SBIR Phase I Award to Boost Surmet's Lower Cost Fabrication of IR Optics from ALON® and Spinel Ceramics
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Dec. 29, 2011 via PR Web
Versatile ALON® Optical Ceramic in Energy Applications
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Nov. 30, 2011 via PR Web
Surmet Strengthens Fabrication Capability for Transparent Ceramic Armor and IR optics Products
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Nov. 1, 2011 via PR Web
Surmet Announces the Expansion of its Aluminum Nitride (AlN) Manufacturing Operations
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Sep. 21, 2011 via PR Web
Transparent ALON® Optical Ceramic to the Rescue
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corporation on Aug. 29, 2011
ALON® Material Successfully Scaled Up For Military And Commercial Applications
Press Release Issued by Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH (USA), 2004
Surmet's UltraC Diamond™ Hard Carbon Coating To Get First Flight Test on Hubble Hardware
Press Release Issued by Surmet Corp, Burlington, MA (USA), 2001

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