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Advanced Thermoset Nanocomposites

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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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: 2009
Title: Advanced Thermoset Nanocomposites
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CC76P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Low-cost, environmentally compatible synthesis methods are used to prepare silicate nanoparticles with surface areas, surface polarity and hierarchical lamellar and mesoporous structures ideally suited as barrier and reinforcing agents for epoxy and polyimide thermoset polymers for use in next generation air transport systems (NGATS) and related aerospace vehicles. Unlike organoclays, which require temperature-sensitive organic modification for dispersion in polymer matrices, the new nanoparticles require no organic surface modification to achieve compatibility in the polymer matrix. Thus, thermoset nano-composites made from Claytec's purely inorganic nanoparticles exhibit superior thermal and oxidative stability, in addition to improved strength, stiffness and toughness. The technical objective of the proposal is to provide silicate nanoparticles that will improve substantially the thermal and oxidative stability properties, as well as the mechanical properties, of epoxy and polyimide polymers without the need for organic surface modifiers to achieve particle dispersion in the polymer matrix. The specific tasks associated with the proposed research project are (i) the synthesis and characterization of lamellar and mesoporous silicate nanoparticle suitable as barrier and reinforcing agents, respectively (ii) the preparation of representative epoxy and polyimide thermoset nanocomposites containing well-dispersed lamellar and mesoporous nanoparticles and (iii) the characterization of the nanocomposites with regard to oxygen permeability, oxidative stability, and tensile and impact properties.

Principal Investigator:

Joel I. Dulebohn
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Thomas J. Pinnavaia
Business Official
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Claytec, Inc.
5901 E. Sleepy Hollow Lane East Lansing, MI 48823

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