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Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Development

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 08-187
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Technova Corporation
3927 Dobie Road Okemos, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Development
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68936-10-C-0111
Award Amount: $300,000.00


Appliqu, coating, as paint replacement on aircraft surfaces, offers significant environmental benefits as well as performance and cost advantages. Pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) are critical components of appliqu, coatings; improvements in the thermal stability, chemical resistance and removability of PSAs are needed before appliqu, films can realize their full potential as aircraft paint-replacement coatings. PSAs require a liquid-like flow under pressure to establish contact, and a high energy dissipation capacity for peel resistance. The need to balance these two features limits the thermal stability and chemical/weathering resistance of today's PSAs. We have employed nanostructuring and hybridization principles to overcome this obstacle. Nanostructured PSAs employ the tremendous specific surface area and the nano-scale spacing of nanomaterials to realize improvements in energy dissipation, cohesive qualities, thermal stability, barrier attributes and chemical/weathering resistance. Hybrid pressure sensitive adhesives make complementary use of different PSA constituents, which retain their distinct qualities within a stabilized hybrid system, to meet demanding performance requirements at competitive cost. The Phase I project developed a cost-competitive class of hybrid/nanostructured PSAs which are stable over a broad temperature range, provide high levels of chemical/weathering resistance, and exhibit desired removability after aging for use with appliqu, coatings on exterior aircraft surfaces. The proposed Phase II (and Phase II Option) efforts will develop scaled-up processing and control capabilities for high-volume, low-cost production of hybrid/nanostructured PSAs, their transition to appliqu, films, and thorough characterization of the end product for use on aircraft surfaces.

Principal Investigator:

Anagi Balachandra
Project Manager

Business Contact:

Farangis Jamzadeh
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Technova Corporation
3927 Dobie Road Okemos, MI 48864

EIN/Tax ID: 383591989
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No