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SBIR Phase I: Automotive Nanocomposites

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84598
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0637544
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Claytec, Inc.
5901 East Sleepy Hollow Ln East Lansing, MI 48823-9706
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: Automotive Nanocomposites
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0637544
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a low permeability composite material by applying a clay barrier film (CBF) nanotechnology to thermoplastic polymer systems (HDPE) for automotive applications, particularly for the manufacturing of fuel tanks. Preliminary work to date has shown that CBF nanocomposites are more than 400 times lower in permeability toward representative fuel components (such as ethanol, isoctane, and toluene) in comparison to the pure polymer. An additional goal of this proposed work is to improve the adhesion at the interface of the inorganic CBF and organic HDPE phases, thereby eliminating the formation of ""blisters "" (filled with liquid fuel) that compromise the structural integrity and strength of the composite. Successful completion of the proposed research project will lead to thermoplastic polymer-based materials capable of meeting the fuel emission standards for both conventional and for flex fuel vehicles. Other potential applications of the proposed technology include high barrier interior paneling, food and drug packaging.

Principal Investigator:

Joel N. Dulebohn
PhD
5173887321
jidulebohn@comcast.net

Business Contact:

Joel N. Dulebohn
PhD
5173887321
jidulebohn@comcast.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Claytec Inc.
5901 Sleepy Hollow Suite#3350 East Lansing, MI 48823

EIN/Tax ID: 383319891
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No