STARDUST MATERIALS, LLC
Jose Gasque has over 10 years of experience in security technology development and adaptation in concert with secure supply chain management. He earned a BS from Portland State University in Applied Physics with an emphasis on ceramic characterization. His work has included the design and development of several ink systems, dispersions, and security embedded complex fluids with nano-metals. Recently, working to develop security applications for natural resources to enable traceability and to fight transnational crime. Previously to joining Stardust, Jose had worked on evaluation of PZT actuators for morphable wing munitions.
Stardust has been focusing on the development of IR luminescent materials and their detection instrumentation for over 20 years. They are widely used with various kinds of coatings: flexible packaging, architectural textile and agricultural film. The additive is totally covert, inseparable from the coating host, and added in vanishingly small amounts, allowing for a low-cost solution that is important in high-volume manufacturing. The detection is on the spot, immediate, reliable and non-destructive. Stardust has designed sensitive, miniature IR sensors for various applications. Because it operates in the IR, the additive is detectable having even been overcoated. The materials are fine inorganic ceramics that are extremely stable both thermally (up to 1,000 C) and chemically. They have passed toxicity, food contact, medical device and SVHC REACH tests. The functionality of the additive falls into the following categories: 1. Post-installation, the additive’s optical response allows to measure the coating thickness and indicates wear quantitatively. 2. In quality control during coating production, the non-intrusive, real-time process control of critical ingredient loading into your compounds, ingredient ratio and mix uniformity is economical and effective using the optical additive approach. 3. Liability protection is enhanced with additive measurement results testifying against coating substitution, dilution or misuse.