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Based in Glenville, New York, Starfire Systems was founded in 1988 as a company that provided a revolutionary technology to transform polymers into ceramics.  In 1991 Starfire Systems had developed a core chemistry that yielded a silicon carbide forming polymer which was named SMP-10. As Starfire Systems grew, so did the product portfolio.  The company became known as the leader in Polymer-to-Ceramic® technology. Starfire Systems contracted with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) for NASA in 2004, supplying the polymer material for NOAX™ (Non-Oxide Adhesive Experimental) that would fly on all subsequent Space Shuttle missions.  As demand increased, Starfire Systems outgrew its manufacturing facility which led to opening a state-of-the-art facility in 2016. Today, Starfire Systems is the recognized market leader in Polymer-to-Ceramic® technology, working with leading customers worldwide to produce products that leverage this transformative technology.




We pride ourselves in offering a very generous health and benefits package.  The following is a brief overview of the benefits available to employees:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, & Prescription Plans
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Vacations, Holiday and Sick Time


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Starfire Systems® is pleased to announce the release of a new ultra-high temperature ceramic forming precursor

June, 15 2021 – Schenectady, NY – Starfire Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the release of a new ultra-high temperature ceramic forming precursor.  The Hafnium Carbide (HfC) precursor is a valued addition to the family of SiC forming pre-ceramic polymers. This new system will build on the proprietary chemical process Starfire Systems used to create its flagship product SMP-10 and will offer customers additional options for their high temperature requirements.

HfC precursor transforms into a thermally stable hafnium carbide (HfC).  The HfC precursor cures at or below 200°C.  The cured HfC polymer can be heated to 1600°C in an inert environment and converted to a crystalline HfC with a high ceramic yield. 

The HfC polymer can be used to make ceramic matrix composites as well as high purity powder.  These materials provide the ultimate high temperature capability making them ideal candidates for hypersonic and re-entry vehicle applications. 

 “Starfire is committed to driving Polymer Derived Ceramic (PDC) technology and maintaining its place as a leader in the world of advanced ceramics,” stated David Devor, Starfire’s CEO. “HfC precursor is one of several new complementary products scheduled for release in 2021 specifically designed to expand the temperature range of parts and their performance”.

About Starfire Systems:

Starfire Systems, Inc (SSI) is a specialty material company focused on Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDC) and its Polymer-to-Ceramic TM technology. SSI’s core business is synthesis of silicon-based pre-ceramic polymers and SOL-GEL derived oxide forming materials which are used in polymer matrix composites, oxide and SIC based ceramic matrix composite (CMC) fabrication. SSI’s high temperature materials are useful in a variety of applications where durable, lightweight and high temperature complex shaped CMC’s are required.  In addition, SSI has developed a broad range of specialty silane compounds which are used as CVD precursors in semiconductor dielectric coatings, matrix densification and high purity intermediates for synthesizing pharmaceuticals.

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