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Company Information:

Company Name: LUNA INNOVATIONS, INC.
City: ROANOKE
State: VA
Zip+4: 24016-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (540) 769-8430

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $37,903,329.57 413
SBIR Phase II $109,639,923.00 157
STTR Phase I $6,858,168.00 78
STTR Phase II $15,473,068.00 27

Award List:

HEALTH MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM RECONFIGURATION FOR LARGE SPACE TRUSSES USING OPTICAL FIBER SENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Goff , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,204.00
Abstract:
The next generation spacecraft will be made of new strong, lightweight materials with little damping so that active vibration suppression is essential. these spacecraft, functioning in a remote hostile environment where immediate repair is precluded, may sustain damage from external disturbances and… More

HIGH TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT USING SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSORS FOR NASP MATERIAL TESTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The measurement of strain at high temperature in candidate nasp materials is required in order to monitor material response under simulated operational conditions and to design efficient hot aerospace structures. conventional contact resistive foil strain gages are not suitable for high temperature… More

Optical Fiber Sensors for Space Structural Monitoring and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $49,850.00
Abstract:
Existing and future space structures require autonomous onboard structural evaluation and control systems to ensure mission effectiveness. Optical fiber sensors are particularly advantageous within these systems due to such sensors' inherent immunity to electromagnetic interference and ground loops;… More

SURVIVABILITY ENHANCEMENT OF OPTICAL FIBER DATA BUSSES BY STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $49,850.00

HIGH TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT USING SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSORS FOR NASP MATERIAL TESTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $48,711.00

OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR-BASED SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $49,850.00

SURVIVABILITY ENHANCEMENT OF OPTICAL FIBER DATA BUSSES BY STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $494,711.00
Abstract:
Increased protection of optical fiber data busses would reduce aircraft system vulnerability to ballistic damage and increase the probability of accomplishing mission goals. such data busses are employed to avoid electromagnetic interference, allow increased data rates, and decrease wiring harness… More

OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR-BASED SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kent Murphy
Award Amount: $243,974.00
Abstract:
Smart materials offer exciting opportunities for the implementation of adaptive structures. smart materials are a new class of materials, which contain their own internal sensor, actuator and signal processing, elements. these structurally and functionally integrated elements give the material the… More

Analytical Characterization of Sensor/Actuator embedded Intelligent Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark S Miller
Award Amount: $49,850.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to develop a precise analytical depiction of the micro-level stress state in an intelligent material containing sensors and actuators. This state-of-the-art theoretical construct employs classical elasticity solutions, methodologies associated with finite element… More

Surface Mounted Optical Fiber Sensors for Measurement of Hypersonic Boundary Layer Instability Modes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tuan Tran
Award Amount: $47,620.00
Abstract:
The high cost of development testing and pressure to reduce program timescales in the development of aircraft structures has led to increased use of advanced instrumentation. Of growing interest has been the integration of sensors into airfoil components, both to look outward at the behavior of the… More

ADAPTABLE VIBRATION MODE SENSORS AND FILTERS USING OPTICAL FIBERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kent A Murphy
Award Amount: $49,850.00

Composite embedded optical fibers for communication links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent A. Murphy
Award Amount: $49,850.00

Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensors for Intelligent Low-Cost Processing of Tritanium Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Tuan Tran
Award Amount: $99,680.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed SBIR program is to develop and commercialize high-temperature optical sensors using sapphire fibers for process control feedback in the fabrication of titanium-based metal matrix composites. Sapphire fiber interferometers will be designed to map the internal… More

Shape Memory Foil-Sputtered Optical Fiber Sensor/Actuator Elements for Smart Composite Materials and Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Tuan Tran
Award Amount: $94,860.00
Abstract:
Smart Materials promise new opportunities for the implementation of adaptive structures. Smart Materials are a new class of materials that incorporate sensor, actuator and adaptive signal processing functions. These structurally and functionally integrated capabilities give the material the ability… More

Composite embedded optical fibers for communication links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent A. Murphy
Award Amount: $720,000.00
Abstract:
Optical fibers have been embeded in polymer and metal matrix composites for fourteen years; this work has identified methods for embedding and limitations due to fiber-matrix interactions and interconnection methods. Concurrently, breakthroughs in fiber-based local area networks have led to… More

MEMS-Based Optical Fiber Devices and Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoee
Award Amount: $79,329.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed program is to develop micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) "basis function" elements capable of being interconnected optically through fiber or planar waveguides. Such elements may be used individually to allow actuation and sensing at a "point," or may be combined… More

Optical Fiber Strain Gages Using Polyimides

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,222.00

OPTICAL FIBER BYPASS SWITCH FOR BATTERY POWERED SENSOR ARRAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $96,950.00

In-Situ Composite Cure Monitor and In-Service Strain Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoe
Award Amount: $69,981.00

High-Temperature Optical Fiber Sensors for Adverse Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoe
Award Amount: $79,409.00

Metal-Coated Optical Fiber-Based Temperature And Pressure Sensors For Aerospace And Dual-Use Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoee , Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,142.00

ADAPTABLE VIBRATION MODE SENSORS AND FILTERS USING OPTICAL FIBERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kent A Murphy
Award Amount: $298,741.00
Abstract:
Researchers are developing and demonstrating adaptable vibration analysis sensors which use specialized weighted-sensitivity optical fiber waveguide structures. several methods to create the necessary sensitivity variations along the length of the waveguide are suggested. extensions of this work to… More

Hermetic Metal-Coated Optical Fibers for Precision Alignment and Other Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Tuan A. Tran
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR program will accelerate the development and commercialization of ferromagnetic metal-coated optical fiber and its use in magnetic field-controlled systems for precision fiber alignment. Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (F&S) proposes to modify and transition labratory… More

OPTICAL FIBER BYPASS SWITCH FOR BATTERY POWERED SENSOR ARRAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $749,413.00
Abstract:
The conventional optical fiber-based bypass switch is a critical optomechanical device which was developed to provide practical access to Ehternet, FDDI, and other fiber optic ring-based military and private secotr data networks. Within such networks, the fiber optic bypass switch must operate with… More

All-Optical Switches for Self-Routing Multiplexed Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Greene
Award Amount: $98,735.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR program will accelerate the commercialization of multiplexed optical fiber networks and their use in both DoD and commercial systems. F&S (Fiber & Sensor Technologies, Inc.) proposes to implement all-optical low-loss switches for signal multiplexing in large networks. This new… More

In-Situ Composite Cure Monitor and In-Service Strain Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoe
Award Amount: $599,982.00
Abstract:
Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop a fiber optic sensor that can be embedded in a polymeric matrix composite to monitor the state of the composite "from cradle to grave". During fabrication, the sensor will output quantitative data which will indicate the degree of… More

Mechanically-Active Microcomposite MEMS Fluidic Devices with Optical Detection for Integration Bioanalysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $98,949.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR program would accelerate the commercialization of low-cost miniaturized bioanalysis instrumentation and its use in both DoD and commercial systems. F&S (Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc.) proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating mechanically-active polymer… More

Adaptive Cure Controller Using Multiplexed Fiber Optic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell May
Award Amount: $96,902.00
Abstract:
Fiber & Sensor Technologies (F&S), teaming with Virginia Tech, proposes to develop an adaptive control system for cure of thermoset resins during manufacture and repair of polymer matrix composites. Leveraging DOD-sponsored development of fiber optic cure monitor sensors, F&S will develop an… More

Silicon-Micromachined Absolute Pressure Sensor for Deep, Underwater Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $50,778.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I program, the development team consisting of Fiber & Sensor Technologies, Inc. (F&S) and Pressure Systems, Inc. (PSI) proposes to investigate the feasibility of both fiber optic-based and electrical-based silicon micromachined absolute pressure sensors. Optical fiber sensor… More

Self-Calibrated Multi-Point Fatigue and Corrosion Sensors for NDI of Aging Aircrafts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Metallic materials used in most contemporary structures are prone to failures associated with crack growth and corrosion. These problems are especially true for aircraft where corrosion-induced fatigue and cracking of structural components can lead to catastrophic failures, endangering human lives… More

Novel Fiber Optic Biosensor for Pesticide Residue Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,703.00

Metal-Coated Optical Fiber-Based Temperature And Pressure Sensors For Aerospace And Dual-Use Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoee , Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $575,347.00

SMART SENSORS USING OPTICAL FIBER INTERCONNECTS AND DISTRIBUTED MEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,853.00

A Single Point Micromachined Multiparameter Fiber Optic Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $88,235.00

SMART MATERIAL PRODUCTS FOR COMMUNICATION, SENSING AND ACTUATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,797.00

Optical Fiber Strain Gages Using Polyimides

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $591,000.00

High-Temperature Optical Fiber Sensors for Adverse Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Adel Sarrafzadeh-khoe
Award Amount: $749,970.00
Abstract:
The materials and technology now exist to construct a miniaturized fiber optic microphone utilizing on-line calibration techniques for high-temperature, high acoustic amplitude wind tunnel instrumentation. Sapphire optical fibers, with melting temperatures above 2260 k (1980 C, 3600 F) have… More

A Single Point Micromachined Multiparameter Fiber Optic Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $709,407.00
Abstract:
The materials and technology now exist to construct a miniaturized, single-point, fiber optic-based, micromachined sensor for the simultaneous measurement of temperature, pressure, heat flux and skin friction for wind tunnel and in-flight instrumentation. This instrumentation is crucial to… More

SMART SENSORS USING OPTICAL FIBER INTERCONNECTS AND DISTRIBUTED MEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $745,516.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program would develop practical methods for the interconnection, addressing and control of large numbers of distributed MEMS-based sensing and actuation elements using optical fiber multiplexing techniques. Such interconnected sensor/actuator arrays have immediate and long-term… More

Pressure and Temperature Insensitive, High FrequencyResponse Micro-Force Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark E. Jones
Award Amount: $69,346.00
Abstract:
The study of the combustion of solid propellants is important for the development of more powerful and efficient solid rockets. The constituents of the propellant mixture and the manner in which they are mixed determines burn rates, mass flux, and in the end thrust and Isp. To make further… More

Fiber Optic for the Detection of Co-Contaminant Compounds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. Mark E. Jones , Research Scientist II
Award Amount: $74,994.00
Abstract:
16 Fiber Optic for the Detection of Co-Contaminant Compounds--F&S, Inc., P.O. Box 11704, Blacksburg, VA 24062-1704; (540) 953-4274 Mr. Mark E. Jones, Principal Investigator Ms. Garnett S. Linkous, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82371 Amount: $74,994 Innovative… More

Optical Fiber-Based Corrosion System Using Electrochemically Active Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jonathan A. Greene
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed program is to address the high service costs of the current U.S. Navy fleet of aircraft by developing a distributed optical fiber sensor system that will help reduce the costs associated with corrosion damage and extend the lifetime of existing aircraft. Annual… More

Ionic Self-Assembled Electric Field Tunable Frequency Adaptive Electronic Materials and Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller
Award Amount: $98,232.00
Abstract:
This DARPA SBIR Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of revolutionary ionic self-assembly methods of creating electric field-tunable thin-film electronic materials and devices. Exciting recent work at F&S and Virginia Tech has shown that the ionic nature of the self-assembly process… More

Fiber Optic Affinity Ligand Sensor for Quantification of Ultra-Trace-Level Fuel Contaminants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark E. Jones
Award Amount: $99,787.00
Abstract:
F&S and their research partners propose a comprehensive plan to develop a fiber optic-ased chemical detection system for the quantification of metal contaminants in aviation fuel. The system will utilize recently developed long-period grating (LPG) technology which detects index-of-refraction… More

Novel Nanocomposite Materials with Self-Assembled Coating for Defense Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $99,049.00
Abstract:
This program will develop methods for the design and synthesis of novel nanocomposite materials having self-assembled monolayer coatings for defense applications. Synthesis will be based on the combination of low-cost powder processing invented by NASA, and ionic self-assembled monolayer (ISAM)… More

Ionic Self Assembled Monolayer (ISAM) Processes for Electronic Materials and Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $59,965.00
Abstract:
Novel ionic self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) processes for the fabrication of advanced electronic materials and devices will be developed through this program. Revolutionary ISAM methods to create nanostructured multi-layer inorganic/organic thin-films offer major advantages over conventional… More

Protective Coatings for Optical System Components Fabricated Using Ionic Self Assembled Monolayer (ISAM) Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $59,865.00
Abstract:
F&S and Virginia Tech will cooperatively develop high performance protective ionic self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) organic/inorganic coatings for space-based optical and structural components, and work with Litton to upscale practical coating manufacturing. Revolutionary ISAM methods of creating… More

Ionic Self-Assembled Organic/ Inorganic Nonparticle Coatings and Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,758.00

SMART MATERIAL PRODUCTS FOR COMMUNICATION, SENSING AND ACTUATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $597,760.00

Micromachined Fiber Optic Accelerometers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones , RESEARCH SCIENTIST II
Award Amount: $69,778.00

Novel Fiber Optic Biosensor for Pesticide Residue Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $224,927.00

High Performance Sputtered Shape Memory Alloy Thin Film Actuators In Hybrid Multi Layers For Adaptive Space Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller , SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $68,370.00

Optical Fiber-Based Corrosion System Using Electrochemically Active Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jonathan A. Greene
Award Amount: $741,055.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed program is to address the high service costs of the current U.S. Navy fleet of aircraft by developing a distributed optical fiber sensor system that will help reduce the costs associated with corrosion damage and extend the lifetime of existing aircraft. Annual… More

Fiber Optic Affinity Ligand Sensor for Quantification of Ultra-Trace-Level Fuel Contaminants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark E. Jones
Award Amount: $749,857.00
Abstract:
F&S and their research partners propose a comprehensive plan to develop a fiber optic-ased chemical detection system for the quantification of metal contaminants in aviation fuel. The system will utilize recently developed long-period grating (LPG) technology which detects index-of-refraction… More

Optical Fiber Devices for Composite Process Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $74,921.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the Phase 1 program was the development of optical fiber devices and cost-effective signal conditioning systems to produce commercially available composite process monitoring systems. The tasks successfully completed during the Phase 1 effort are as follows: (1) examined the… More

FIBER OPTIC REFRACTOMETERS FOR FOOD PROCESS MONITORING APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Mr Mark Jones , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $64,503.00
Abstract:
During Phase I, the F&S team successfully demonstrated the feasibility of two high-resolution optical fiber refractometers which overcome many limitation of existing refractometer instrumentation for complex food process monitoring applications. The F&S optical fiber refractometers are based on… More

Novel Microcantilever Biosensor for the Measurement of Biomolecular Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
The ability to detect minute quantities of toxic biological substance s will provide the ability to quickly assess a situation so that an a ppropriate response to exposure can be orchestrated. Not only will t he development of this technology be important in toxic agent warfare detection, the… More

Novel Composite Materials for the Mfg of Functionally Graded Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paige Furrow
Award Amount: $99,976.00
Abstract:
Due to increasing quality demands place on military and civilian structures, novel materials such as composites are finding increased use in high performance applications. A rapid growth area for composite materials is for the next generation of missile systems where composites provide significant… More

Microcomposite-Based Munitions Packaging System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $99,566.00
Abstract:
At the present time, steel containers are used for packaging munitions in the majority of cases. The problems with steel containers are that they are heavy, and that they will contain gases from burning propellants because the propellants cannot burn through the steel before trapped gases cause an… More

An Experimentally and Numerically Trained Neural Network Co

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Garnett Linkous
Award Amount: $99,995.00
RI Contact: H.T. Hurd
Abstract:
The autonomous control of a hypersonic missile from launch to target is a very challenging problem. F&S proposed to use a combination of experiments using MEMS and numeric simulations using CFD, to train a neural net for the control of micro-jets. The trained neural net control system would be… More

"Polymer-fullerence Ironically Self-Assebled Monolayer Phot

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller
Award Amount: $99,963.00
RI Contact: H T. Hurd
Abstract:
Revolutionary ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) methods of creating multifunctional thin-films monolayer by monolayer have recently been proven to yield self-assembled, electronically and phonically--active polymeric thin fi!ms. F&S and Virginia Tech have demonstrated that the ISAM technique… More

EXTREMELY HIGH TEMPERATURE, MIROMACHINED, FIBER OPTIC PRESSURE AND SKIN FRICTION SENSORS FOR COMBUSTING FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam
Award Amount: $99,613.00
Abstract:
The technology now exists to construct a SiC micromachined, sapphire waveguide, skin friction and pressure sensor that can operate at the extremely high temperatures of ramjet/scramjet combustors. This design offers the ability to obtain measurements in flow regimes that have proven nearly… More

Generic Fiber Optic Link Simulator Using Lab View

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
Design aids to assist engineers in the development of fiber optic communication systems using either off the shelf or custom-built components normally consist of specifications (such as EIA-626), handbooks, textbooks, spreadsheets or custom software built around a particular manufacturer's fiber… More

Multi-Layer Thin-Film Coatings for Aluminum Alloy Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller
Award Amount: $99,976.00
Abstract:
F&S Inc. proposes to develop advanced electrostatically self-assembled, multi-layer mixed media thin-film coatings to improve the corrosion resistance of aluminum alloy components and other material systems. To produce such corrosion resistive coatings, we will fabricate high performance polymers… More

SBIR Phase I: Fiber Optic Affinity Ligand Sensor for Quantification of Petroleum and Bioremedia

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones
Award Amount: $99,933.00

Multimeasurand Optical Fiber Sensors for Flight Test Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,738.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,966.00

Microfabricated, Low Maintenance Skin Friction Sensor for Highly Transient Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,504.00

High Performance Sputtered Shape Memory Alloy Thin Film Actuators In Hybrid Multi Layers For Adaptive Space Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller , SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $599,680.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael B Miller
Award Amount: $882,320.00

Optical Fiber Sensors for the Detection of Biological and Chemical Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $99,997.00

Singlemode Fiber Optic Rotary Joint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller
Award Amount: $69,990.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Optical Fiber Devices for Composite Process Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $275,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available The primary objective of the Phase 1 program was the development of optical fiber devices and cost-effective signal conditioning systems to produce commercially available composite process monitoring systems. The tasks successfully completed during the Phase 1 effort are as follows:… More

FIBER OPTIC REFRACTOMETERS FOR FOOD PROCESS MONITORING APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Mr Mark Jones , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $220,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available During Phase I, the F&S team successfully demonstrated the feasibility of two high-resolution optical fiber refractometers which overcome many limitation of existing refractometer instrumentation for complex food process monitoring applications. The F&S optical fiber refractometers are… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller
Award Amount: $750,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paige Furrow
Award Amount: $746,404.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones
Award Amount: $396,699.00

Novel Techniques for Multifunctional Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,971.00

High-Temperature Optical Fiber Skin Friction Sensors for Aeropropulsion Flight Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,980.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam
Award Amount: $743,566.00

Simultaneous Stress and Temperature Measurement Using Multiplexed Optical Fiber Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Greene
Award Amount: $99,939.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: N/A

Organic Diodes Using ISAM Polymers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Mr Michael B Miller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,942.00
RI Contact: N/A

Endohedral Metallofullerness for Fiber Optic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller
Award Amount: $99,978.00

A MEMs-Based Real-Time On-Board Skid Warning System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,944.00
Abstract:
Not Available There is current need for a lower-cost method of acquiring ultra high range resolution (UHRR) radar signatures for a variety of aircraft. The proposed research will produce a conceptual telescience system design suitable for the remotely-supervised semi-autonomous operation of a… More

Optical Fiber Sensors for the Detection of Biological and Chemical Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones
Award Amount: $749,987.00

Singlemode Fiber Optic Rotary Joint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $1,217,511.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF VIRGINIA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wavering
Award Amount: $99,973.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Not Available Technology is changing the face of warfare, placing ever increasing demands on the speed, scope, and accuracy of command andTechnology is changing the face of warfare, placing ever increasing demands on the speed, scope, and accuracy of command and control decisions. We propose to… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: Garnett Linkous
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Tom Hurd

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: N/A

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $199,979.00

Simultaneous Stress and Temperature Measurement Using Multiplexed Optical Fiber Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller
Award Amount: $597,796.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Project Res. Scientist
Award Amount: $98,949.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller
Award Amount: $69,982.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wavering, Project Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,992.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniela M. Topasna, Project Res. Scientist
Award Amount: $64,988.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael B. Miller
Award Amount: $69,972.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Project Research Scientis
Award Amount: $64,988.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,964.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,935.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,953.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Richard L. Clark Jr
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Not Available Advanced ceramics Hafnium Carbide can enable components for both oxygen-rich and high-temperature applications. However, HfC and related refractory materials are difficult to produce and even more difficult to process into useful shapes. Nanomaterials Research Corporation (NRC)… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,993.00
RI Contact: N/A

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones
Award Amount: $69,953.00
Abstract:
Not Available We propose the development of an ultra-compact, light-weight, scan-free and low-cost spectrometer in the visible to near-infrared region based on a novel diffractive optics in conjunction with a one-dimensional solid-state detector array. The dispersive

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,962.00
RI Contact: N/A

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Principal Investigator: Michael Miller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,981.00
RI Contact: N/A

Fiber Optic Non-Destructive Evaluation Systems for In-Flight Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott A. Meller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Health management technologies are being developed for both current and future aircraft to detect and accommodate cracks and damage to the airframe structure and other aircraft components. Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) systems have been successfully demonstrated in numerous terrestrial… More

Genome engineering for the large scale production of fibrinogen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller, Vice President, Enpoint
Award Amount: $729,950.00
Abstract:
Blast parameter measurement is imperative to improve and verify current theoretical predictions of new weapon effectiveness and structural responses to blasts. A number of variables such as fuse initiation, explosive charge shape, charge burn rate, andambient conditions determine blast wave… More

Bluetooth Tire Failure Warning Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $96,968.00
Abstract:
The public awareness of recent auto fatalities has brought to the forefront the danger associated with tread separation tire failures. Current tires and vehicles do not have a means of warning the operator of imminent tire failure. If a system were implemented to provide such a warning to the… More

STTR Phase I: Control of the Nanostructure of Organic Photovoltaic Films by Interdiffusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: VA Polytechnic Inst & St U
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,946.00
RI Contact: N/A

STTR PHASE I: Methods for Continuous Synthesis of Carbon Nanostructured Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: VA Polytechnic Inst & St U
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,981.00
RI Contact: N/A

Multiplexed Optical Fiber Chemical Sensor Arrays for Real-Time In Situ Monitoring of the Localized Corrosion Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,967.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Localized corrosion due to the failure of a thin protective film often limits the service life of many widely used engineering materials. Mechanistic understanding of passive film breakdown and localized corrosion is limited in large part because of difficulties in measuring the local environment… More

An Advanced SERS Water Monitor for Chemical and Biological Analytes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons continues to pose a threat to U.S. national security. The threat to armed forces can be reduced by early detection of deleterious agents prior to any human contact. The probability of usingsuch weapons by a hostile force increases as… More

SiC Fiber Optic Sensors for Turbine Engine Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wade J. Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, Global Civil Aviation, and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years… More

An Advanced SERS Water Monitor for Chemical and Biological Analytes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $727,762.00
Abstract:
The proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons continues to pose a threat to U.S. national security. The threat to armed forces can be reduced by early detection of deleterious agents prior to any human contact. The probability of usingsuch weapons by a hostile force increases as… More

Optical Fiber-Based Sensors for In-Situ Measurements of Moisture within Building Envelopes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Mark Jones, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $74,993.00
Abstract:
The presence of moisture in inaccessible building regions can lead to paint failure and rotting that reduces property values and creates dangerous habitat environments. Secondarily, the presence of moisture can lead to mold growth with allergenic and toxic properties that present a significant… More

RF Transparent, Tailored Reflectivity Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Project Res. Scientist
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop novel RF transparent but Visible- and IR-reflective coatings for large aperture windows. This will be accomplished by incorporating specific nanoparticles in thin films that can bedeposited on any type of window substrate,… More

Self-Assembled Thin Films of Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,957.00
Abstract:
Carbon nanotubes were discovered in 1991 by S. Iijima. These are large macromoleculesthat are unique for their size, shape, and remarkable physical properties. In particular, the thermal and electrical conductivity of nanotubes promises improvements in next generation electronic and computer… More

Nanomaterials for Low-Cost Electromagnetic Field Alarms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wavering, Proj. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The development of small, lightweight, and low cost electromagnetic overexposure alarms is needed for numerous military and commercial applications involving high intensity electromagnetic fields (EMF). Exposure to high intensity EMF can cause deleteriouseffects within humans including: altering… More

Carbon Nanotube-Fiber Optic Skin Friction and Temperature Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, Global Civil Aviation, and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years… More

High-Temperature, Micromachined, Fiber Optic Sensor Suite for Gas Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,947.00
Abstract:
Acquiring transient point measurements of temperature, pressure and acceleration in gas turbine environments is very difficult using currently available sensor technology. The current state-of-the-art often requires researchers to sacrifice frequencyresponse for increased accuracy, forcing them to… More

Thin Film Flexible Photovoltaic Devices for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: VIRGINIA POLY. INST. & STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Damiela Marciu Topasna, Project Research Scientis
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
In this STTR Phase I project we will employ a new technique applicable to the fabrication of flexible thin film photovoltaic devices for space applications. This technique is based on the ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) methods of creatingmultifunctional thin-films monolayer by monolayer.… More

Tunable Ionic Self-Assembled Monolayers (ISAM) for Corrosion Prevention Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF VIRGINIA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Cooper, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Michael G. Glasgo, Jr.
Abstract:
Corrosion of metal structures is estimated to cost many billions of dollars annually. The most common methods of corrosion inhibition or prevention involve the application of primers, paints and/or conversion coatings. The application and removal ofthese coatings require strictly controlled and… More

Bluetooth RF Solutions for Short Range Military Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Scott Meller, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $119,945.00
Abstract:
Wireless communications are becoming a preferred method of sending information anywhere in the world. Wireless systems have gone beyond radio, telephones, and television, to include computer networks, merchandising services, data systems, and personalcommunications devices. Advances in technology… More

Portable Wireless Vibration Monitoring System for Shipboard Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
Aircraft diagnostic and prognostic systems can enhance aircraft safety, reduce total costs of ownership, and increase asset availability. However, they require a great deal of integration with the platform. Wiring such a system into the aircraft makes up alarge percentage of overall system… More

MainTrain: Maintenance Skills Training Through Distributed Learning Principles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
The installation of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) is a major cost driver for shipboard controls and monitoring systems. The proposed effort will develop and demonstrate a wireless interface for PLC controllers within a shipboard environment perthe Navy's instrumentation requirements. All… More

Transient Shock Resistance of COTS Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,975.00
Abstract:
The rapid development of wireless technology is creating new opportunities and challenges for instrumentation users and suppliers. A significant portion of the cost for design, construction, and upgrade of Submarine Command, Control, Communications, andComputers (C4I) Systems relates to cabling and… More

Water-Wet Pelletized Nitrocellulose Dehydration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
The rapid development of wireless technology is creating new opportunities and challenges for instrumentation users and suppliers. Wireless sensor systems can significantly decrease instrumentation set-up time and cost, while simultaneously improvingsensor signal-to-noise ratios and instrumentation… More

High Temperature, High Bandwidth Fiber Optic Pressure Sensor for Gas Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: VIRGINIA POLY. INST. & STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,975.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
Acquiring transient point measurements of pressure in gas turbine environments is very difficult using currently available sensor technology. The current state-of-the-art often requires researchers to sacrifice frequency response for increased accuracy,forcing them to make assumptions about the… More

Liquid Fuel Atomizer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Project Res. Scientist
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop novel RF transparent, optically tailorable appliques. This will be accomplished by incorporating specific nanoparticles in thin films that can be deposited on any type of substrate,including transparent plastic sheets such as… More

Electrochromic Devices Fabricated from Self-Assembled Polyelectrolytes for Flat Panel Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: VA Polytechnic Inst & St U
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: N/A

Multi-analyte Biosensor for Emerging Cardiac Markers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Pennington
Award Amount: $199,972.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to create a sensitive, highly specific, multi- analyte biosensor for quantification of cardiac markers. This system is needed by both researchers and physicians to improve evaluation and triage of patients reporting to emergency departments with chest pain. New… More

Measurement of Strain Fields in Aging Aircraft Using Distributed Bragg Gratings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Brooks Childers, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
The primary aging mechanisms that are known to reduce the economic service life of both civilian and military aircraft are corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and fatigue. The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board on Materials Degradation estimates thecosts of corrosion related detection and repair… More

Rapid, High Throughput Assay for Quantification of cAMP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Pennington
Award Amount: $100,237.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION: Luna Innovations proposes to develop a fiber optic, multi-sample system for the sensitive and specific quantification of adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP). C-AMP is a ubiquitous second messenger in all cell types, and ranks among the most widely studied… More

Broadband Wireless Sensor System for Aerospace Ground Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Extensive instrumentation is required to verify designs and validate proper operation of all advanced aircraft structures and components prior to incorporation into flight use. For a gas turbine engine test cycle, up to 9 months are required to installand calibrate over 1000 sensors on the engine,… More

Broadband Wireless Sensor System for Aerospace Ground Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $629,549.00
Abstract:
Extensive instrumentation is required to verify designs and validate proper operation of all advanced aircraft structures and components prior to incorporation into flight use. For a gas turbine engine test cycle, up to 9 months are required to installand calibrate over 1000 sensors on the engine,… More

Carbon Nanomaterial Based Computers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $64,996.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I Project Luna Innovations will develop new applications of carbon-based nanostructured materials for use as chemical sensors and self-assembling molecular computation systems. Due to their unique properties, structured carbonnanomaterials including fullerenes and nanotubes have… More

Fullerene-Polymer Photovoltaic Thin-Film Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniela Topasna
Award Amount: $743,736.00
Abstract:
"This Phase II project continues the development of an ew method of photovolatic power generation based on thin-films of conducting polymers in combination with carbon fullernes and nanotubes. Using ionic self-assenbled monolayer (ISAM) techniques, it ispossible to create ultrathin films of… More

Bluetooth Wireless Solutions for Short-Range Military Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason Borinski, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $729,962.00
Abstract:
"Recent Army battlefield experiments at Ft. Benning, GA and Ft. Hood, TX have identified the need for more effective wireless communications. Short-range wireless systems are needed both for dismounted soldier systems and for quick network assembly ofcomputer equipment in command post systems. The… More

Fiber Optic, Single Point, Multiplexed Sensors for High Temperature Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,983.00
Abstract:
"Physical sensors for acquiring transient point measurements of temperature, pressure, skin friction and acceleration in extreme temperature gas turbine environments are currently unavailable. Current state-of-the-art sensors require researchers andturbine manufacturers to sacrifice frequency… More

Wireless Monitoring Systems for Shipboard/Power Plant Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $738,751.00
Abstract:
"The rapid development of wireless technology is creating newopportunities and challenges for instrumentation users andsuppliers. Wireless sensor systems can significantly decreaseinstrumentation set-up time and cost, while simultaneouslyimproving sensor signal-to-noise ratios and… More

Viability Assay for Monitoring Decontamination of Pathogenic Bacteria

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger Van Tassell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
Not Available "To determine the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents in decontamination and antimicrobial efficacy testing, the plate count method has been traditionally used. This method requires trained technical expertise, large amounts of microbiological growthmedia and up to several days to… More

Wireless Sensor Systems for On-Board Aircraft Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,984.00
Abstract:
"Aircraft diagnostic and prognostic systems can enhance aircraftsafety, reduce total costs of ownership, and increase assetavailability. However, they require a great deal of integrationwith the platform. Wireless transducers have enormous potentialto simplify new and retrofitted… More

Transparent Ionically Self-Assembled Thin Films for Contamination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,637.00
Abstract:
"We propose to develop improved, cost effective coatings for high-energy laser mirrors and windows that repel contamination based on transparent, highly efficient, and durable ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) films. The proposed program involves 1)demonstration of the underlying principle… More

Rotational Molding of Thermoplastic Cryogenic Propellant Tanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Clark,, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $596,943.00
Abstract:
Rotational molding is a low-cost processing scheme used to fabricate large tanks, ducts, and tubes with complicated shapes. Rotational molding of liquid crystal polymer (LCP) resins was successfully demonstrated in the Phase I program, and the proposed Phase II effort will continue development of… More

Carbon Nanotube-Fiber Optic Skin Friction and Temperature Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $599,967.00
Abstract:
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, Global Civil Aviation, and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years… More

Wireless Interconnects for Environmental Sensing Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $74,957.00
Abstract:
Data collection electronics used for monitoring meteorological and oceanographic sensors onboard remote vessels and/or at coastal facilities can be significantly enhanced by the development of wireless enabled monitoring systems, especially those with implementation costs and performance… More

Rotational Molding of Thermoplastic Cryogenic Propellant Tanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Clark,, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Rotational molding is a low-cost processing scheme used to fabricate large tanks, ducts, and tubes with complicated shapes. Rotational molding of liquid crystal polymer (LCP) resins was successfully demonstrated in the Phase I program, and the proposed Phase II effort will continue development of… More

Carbon Nanotube-Fiber Optic Skin Friction and Temperature Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wade Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, Global Civil Aviation, and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years… More

SiC Fiber Optic Sensors for Turbine Engine Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wade J. Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, Global Civil Aviation, and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years… More

SiC Fiber Optic Sensors for Turbine Engine Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wade J. Pulliam, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $326,300.00
Abstract:
NASA's Aviation Safety Program teams with the FAA and the aerospace industry to achieve large strides in aircraft safety under Pillar One of the Aerospace Technology Enterprise's Three Pillars for Success, Global Civil Aviation, and aims to improve aviation safety five-fold over the next 10 years… More

Thin Film Tunable Dielectrics for Microwave Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniela Topasna, Project Res. Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase II proposal is to provide a major advance in the development of polymer thin film ferroelectrics for microwave device applications. In the Phase I program, we have demonstrated a 50% change in the dielectricconstant at 1.0 V bias voltage applied, a… More

Core/Sheath Cover Yarn Fabrics for Electronic Textiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Keith Furrow, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,863.00
Abstract:
"To develop a revolutionary approach to how textiles and electronics are used and integrated into large area military applications, it is imperative to develop and characterize techniques for incorporating sensors, actuators, logic, and power sources intotextile fabrics. With ten years of advanced… More

Condition Assessment of Personal Ballistic Armor Using Fiber Bragg Gratings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Keith Furrow, Mat. & Process Engineer
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
"The primary ballistic protection against small arms is based on ceramic with fiber-reinforced composite backing. During normal use, ballistic armor inserts (BAI) made with this material can be damaged. This proposal describes a simple, inexpensive,nondestructive technique to assess the ballistic… More

Nanostructured Ionically Self-Assembled Monolayer Films for Electro-Optic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,948.00
Abstract:
"This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project will demonstrate the enhanced second order nonlinear properties of electro-optic thin films fabricated by the ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) technology. This revolutionary method ofcreating multifunctional thin-films monolayer by… More

Very Low Absorption ISAM Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: J.Paige Stevenson, Director, Advanced Materi
Award Amount: $69,941.00
Abstract:
"The proposed research program will develop a high-reliability, cost-effective application technique for coating optical elements that are subject to intense laser fluences to control the reflectivity from the element surface. The coating technique iscalled Ionic Self-Assembly of Monolayers (ISAM)… More

Directed Energy Target Failure Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,603.00
Abstract:
"For the Phase I project, Luna Innovations proposes to develop a fiber optic, high-temperature, multiplexed temperature and strain sensor system for use in directed energy weapon experiments. Luna will leverage its experience with high temperature sensorsand their patented fiber-optic based sensor… More

Novel Lipid Deposition for Biosensor Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: U of Pennsylvania Medicine
Principal Investigator: Shufang Luo
Award Amount: $99,984.00
RI Contact: Irwin M. Chaiken
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will develop sensing instrumentation containing bioengineered surfaces that are compatible with relevant, disease-associated proteins. Of particular interest in the fields of pharmaceutical design and cell biology is the… More

Electrical Wiring Fatigue Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Wavering, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
"Electrical wiring fatigue is a critical problem for aerospace and civilian infrastructure applications. As summarized in the Review of Federal Programs for Wire System Safety, "The aging of a wire system can result in loss of critical functions inequipment powered by the system or in loss of… More

Thin Film Tunable Dielectrics for Microwave Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniela Topasna, Project Res. Scientist
Award Amount: $374,984.00
Abstract:
"The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase II proposal is to provide a major advance in the development of polymer thin film ferroelectrics for microwave device applications. In the Phase I program, we have demonstrated a 50% change in the dielectricconstant at 1.0 V bias voltage applied, a… More

Yeast-Based Biosensor for Organophosphate Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Wavering, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,938.00
Abstract:
"There exists a military and homeland security need for rapid, accurate and sensitive methods for the detection of organophosphates in cluttered environments. For this Phase I program, the Luna Innovations team proposes to create receptors targeted againstorganophosphate targets. These receptors… More

Distributed Optical Fiber Sensor Demodulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brooks Childers, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,783.00
Abstract:
This project?s goal is to produce a flight qualifiable tunable laser system specifically for use in optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) based distributed fiber Bragg grating sensing applications. This work represent an enabling technology for NASA's requirement for distributed optical… More

Fiber Optic, Single-Point Sensors for High-Temperture Power Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
70018 This project will develop pressure and temperature sensors for operation in combustion flow environments up to 1400¿C, 1000 psi, and at frequencies over 150 kHz. Novel fiber-optically interrogated transducers will be developed based on single and poly-crystalline metal oxide ceramics and… More

Photonic Circuitry for Integrated Sensing Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: W.Stuart Watson
Abstract:
"There is an acute need for the development of high quality, robust, photonic circuitry to serve as an integrating medium for optical networks and to perform basic, on-chip functions such as signal conditioning and signal processing. What is needed arephotonic circuits that are small, functional,… More

BMDO/02-214B Organic Thin Films for Multilayer Capcitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Va Polytechnic Inst. & State University
Principal Investigator: Daniela Marciu Topasna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,656.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
"In this Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project we will employ a new method applicable to the fabrication of polymer thin film multilayer capacitors. This method is based on the ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) methods of creatingmultifunctional thin-films monolayer by… More

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors for Space-Based Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $6,997.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations has successfullly completed all of the Phase I objectives. A Distributed Grating Demodulation System (DGDS) was constructed and tested using radiation-resistant fiber. Temperatue sensors were produced and calibrated. Two housings were constructed that allow an all-welded pressure… More

Distributed Optical Fiber Sensor Demodulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brooks Childers, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $599,993.00
Abstract:
This project?s goal is to produce a flight qualifiable tunable laser system specifically for use in optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) based distributed fiber Bragg grating sensing applications. This work represent an enabling technology for NASA's requirement for distributed optical… More

Method of Cellular Monitoring Using Detection of Autocrine and Paracrine Signals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger VanTassell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations, Inc. and their development partners propose novel, multiplexed sensors for the detection of autocrine and paracrine signals. The measurement of these secretory products will be used to determine the health of cultured cells exposed to microgravity. As a result, the discovery of… More

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors for Space-Based Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $599,998.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations has successfullly completed all of the Phase I objectives. A Distributed Grating Demodulation System (DGDS) was constructed and tested using radiation-resistant fiber. Temperatue sensors were produced and calibrated. Two housings were constructed that allow an all-welded pressure… More

Novel Water-Soluble TNT Metallofullerene Derivatives for Imaging Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Va Polytechnic Inst & ST U
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson
Award Amount: $99,988.00
RI Contact: Richey M. Davis
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Project proposes to functionalize TNT-metallofullerenes with highly water-soluble, steric-stabilizing ligands and to evaluate these materials as general MRI(Magnetic Resonance Imaging) contrast agents. Classical endohedral metallofullerenes are… More

NON-INVASIVE INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Wavering
Award Amount: $123,828.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States and accounts for 15 percent of blindness worldwide. The Vision Research Plan for the National Eye Institute establishes identifying the biological mechanisms responsible for… More

Power Generation/Recovery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,981.00
Abstract:
"Modern soldiers are increasingly burdened with state-of-the-art electronic components that require batteries for operation. The added weight of these systems can exceed 80 pounds, excluding provisions required for prolonged equipment operation. Currently,sustained field operations require personnel… More

NMR Properties of Carbon Nanomaterials for Medical Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Va Polytechnic Inst & ST U
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson
Award Amount: $99,901.00
RI Contact: Harry C. Dorn
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will develop novel trimetallic nitride template endohedral fullerene (TNTs) materials for use as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). TNTs, which offer significant diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities, are now available in… More

MICROMACHINED BIOSENSOR FOR MYCOBACTERIAL PATHOGENS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Wavering
Award Amount: $149,975.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Provided by applicant): Mycobacteria are slender, nonmotile, gram-positive rods and do not produce spores or capsules. Nineteen Mycobacterium species are associated with disease in humans. The most dangerous of these diseases is tuberculosis, caused by… More

Wireless Technology for Submarine Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Harman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,995.00
Abstract:
The Navy is continually seeking to improve submarine crew members' operational productivity and efficiency, particularly since the Navy is interested in reducing crew sizes in the future. According to studies by the NAVSEA New Attack Submarine (NSSN)program, incorporating a Wireless Local Area… More

High-Temperature, High-Bandwidth Fiber Optic Pressure and Temperature Sensor for Gas Turbine Applications""

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: VPI&SU - VA TECH
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $493,041.00
RI Contact: Dave Richardson
Abstract:
The accurate measurement of gas flow conditions in the compressor, combustors, and turbines of gas turbine engines is important in order to assess performance, predict failure, and facilitate data-driven maintenance. Surface measurements of pressure andtemperature in high temperature regions help… More

Directed Energy Target Failure Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $658,078.00
Abstract:
One of the most promising technologies to provide weapons suitable for ballistic missile defense is directed energy weapons systems such as high-energy lasers (HELs), mounted on aircraft as in the airborne laser (ABL) system, or on satellites. As HELs areweaponized, there is a need to characterize… More

Yeast Based Biosensor for Oganophosphate Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wavering, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,982.00
Abstract:
There exists a military and homeland security need for rapid, accurate and sensitive methods for the detection of organophosphates in cluttered environments. The in vitro modification and selection (IVMS) process under development by the Luna teamovercomes the limitations of current biosensor… More

GPS Interference Rejection using Adaptive Polarization and Spatial Filtering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Moore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
GPS user equipment is subject to interference from jammers both at the horizon and above the horizon. This interference degrades the reliability and accuracy of GPS receivers used for navigation and/or targeting. This is a major concern for any militaryGPS equipment, but particularly for the Air… More

Fiber Optic Microprobes for Total Temperature and Pressure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop innovative micro-miniature high-frequency probes, based on Luna Innovations patented EFPI fiber-optic transducer technology, for total temperature and total pressure measurement. Very small probes are needed formeasuring the inlet temperature distortions… More

A New Class of Trimetasphere Based Radiopharmaceuticals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Harry C. Dorn
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
73097S03-I In nuclear medicine, commonly employed radiopharmaceuticals generally utilize chelated radioisotopes of metals for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. However, the in vivo kinetic stability of radiometal agents remains a major concern for any new radiopharmaceutical. Endohedral… More

Harsh-Environment, Fiber-Optic Sensing System for SOFC Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kelly Stinson-Bagby
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
72996S03-I The commercialization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology will enable high efficiency, low pollution, power generation alternatives for the near future. Predicting the performance and reliability behavior of a fuel cell under operating conditions requires the characterization of… More

Intelligent Tools with Ambient-Powered Wirelss Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Stephen Moore
Award Amount: $74,969.00
Abstract:
Next-generation smart machine tools are currently under research and development. Critical to the success of these tools will be the inclusion of smart sensors. These sensor suites will need to measure physical parameters such as temperature, vibration, pressure and so on. Luna Innovations has… More

Optical and Electrical Sensor Embedding and Connecting Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Keith Furrow, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,976.00
Abstract:
The objective of this project is to imbed electrical and fiber optic conductors in backed fabrics and connect both with snaps. Miniaturized non-invasive sensors for monitoring personnel include

Development of Textiles with Antimicrobial Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Michelle Grimm, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,963.00
RI Contact: Matt Ronning
Abstract:
The use of textile materials to impart biocidal or other health-related function is an age-old idea, dating back to the application of ointments and compresses to wounds. In all areas of life, military and civilian, protection from pathogens is a growingconcern, and textiles with antimicrobial… More

Fiber Optic, Single-Point Sensors for High-Temperature Gas Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder
Award Amount: $749,968.00
Abstract:
70018 The accurate measurement of gas flow conditions in the compressors, combustors, and turbines of gas turbine engines is needed to assess performance, predict failure, and facilitate data-driven maintenance. Fatigue of high-temperature turbine components is a leading source of failure and… More

Fiber Optic, Single-Point Sensors for High-Temperature Gas Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
70018 The accurate measurement of gas flow conditions in the compressors, combustors, and turbines of gas turbine engines is needed to assess performance, predict failure, and facilitate data-driven maintenance. Fatigue of high-temperature turbine components is a leading source of failure and… More

Thrombosis Targeted MRI Contrast Agent

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Danilich
Award Amount: $132,827.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This proposal addresses the need for a minimally invasive diagnostic assay for the evaluation of pathological blood clots in patients suspected of developing intravascular blood clots that may manifest themselves as pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis… More

Anti-Fouling Coatings for Ship Hulls Based on Bioresistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
Marine biofouling of ship hulls results in increased fuel consumption, decreased speed, and the transport of non-indigenous species. Current antifouling coatings prevent fouling through the slow and controlled release of toxins such as metals or organicbiocides. As continual leaching of biocides… More

Fiber Optic, On-Board Generator Health Management System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dawn Gifford, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a comprehensive fiber-optic on-board generator health monitoring system for the E-2C generator. Luna will apply its extensive experience in fiber-optic sensing to design and develop state-of-the-art fiber-optic sensorsand demodulation systems for measuring… More

Eyesafe Laser Designator and Seeker System for Naval Combat Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Klemer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
There is a great need for the development of an eyesafe laser designator and seeker system for shipboard use. Current designators typically operate at non-eyesafe wavelengths, and therefore expose personnel to radiation that can potentially cause permanenteye damage or blindness. Luna Innovations… More

Bedford Chord Textile Fabric for Fiber Optic Communication Ribbon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Furrow, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I program, the development team will focus on incorporating optical fibers into a ribbon of Bedford Chord textile. The Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of using the ribbon to imbed the optical fibers into a filament woundstructure. The Bedford Chord structure is… More

FRET-based HTS Assay for Estrogen Receptor Modulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Siddhartha De
Award Amount: $97,217.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Hormone replacement therapy has been used for many years to delay or treat the changes that accompany menopause. However, epidemiologic and clinical research has revealed significant long-term risks and unintended side effects. Selective estrogen receptor… More

Lightweight, Flame Retardant Ammunition Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: CLEMSON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
RI Contact: Christian E. Przirembel
Abstract:
Luna Innovations in cooperation with Clemson University will be developing lightweight, flame retardant packaging suitable for use aboard naval vessels. The proposed program involves 1) designing composite based packaging suitable for transport andstorage of large, heavy, shock sensitive objects… More

SBIR Phase I: Purification of Metallic Nitride Nanomaterials by Chemical Separation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop trimetallic-nitride-template metallofullerenes (trimetaspheres) for use as improved MRI contrast agents. The largest barrier to providing these trimetasphere materials in significant quantities is the lack of an… More

SBIR Phase I: Design of New Polymeric Composites for Proton Exchange Membranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will design and synthesis of a new family of polymer composites tailored for the fabrication of proton exchange membranes (PEMs) to be used in fuel cell applications. The novel PEMs, based on a new family of polymeric composites, are… More

Dendrimer Coated Long-Period-Grating (LPG) Biosensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Pennington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
The detection of Biological Warfare agents (BW) is typically conducted using antibody-based techniques. DNA aptomer-based Long Period Grating (LPG) sensors provide the specificity to accurately distinguish the target from potential interference that wouldproduce false positive results. Stability is… More

Dual Function Radio for Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) and Bluetooth

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Radovich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,929.00
Abstract:
Secure wireless for combat support is ready for the battlefield. Current Army initiatives such at Land Warrior and Object Force Warrior show the need for light weight, low power data communications for the soldier for enhanced situational awareness,responsiveness, and lethality. Bluetooth, with… More

Advanced Microbial Monitoring System for Space Flight Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger VanTassell
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
A critical danger of space flight programs is contamination of the spacecraft environment. Assessing environmental health requires monitoring technologies to mitigate the risk of infectious disease among the crew before, during, and after flights. The danger of infectious diseases in space is… More

Fluorescent, Polymerized, Affinity Liposomes for the Detection of Bacterial Toxins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: VA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & STATE UNIV
Principal Investigator: Roger VanTassell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,944.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
The overall objective of the proposed Phase I study was to develop a one-step, rapid assay for detecting bacterial toxins in aqueous solutions using fluorescent, polymerized liposomes. During Phase I, Luna developed several formulations for affinity,polymerized, fluorescent liposomes (fluorosomes)… More

Chrome-Free, Zero VOC Coating for Aircraft Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,953.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to demonstrate through resin synthesis and system formulation a single-coat, chromate-free, low or zero volatile organic compound (ZVOC) conformal coating that meets the performance requirements for radar antenna systems.Luna Innovations, Inc. will synthesis novel… More

Non-Metallic, Thin-Film, Miniature Fiber-Optic Temperature Sensors for Small Scale Explosives Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,910.00
Abstract:
The US Army ERDC has identified a need for fast-response temperature sensors for small scale explosions where gas temperature rise rates might be as high as 4000¿C in one millisecond (4 million ¿C/s). During the Phase I SBIR research effort, the LunaInnovations researchers were able to measure a… More

SBIR Phase I: Enhanced Biomolecular Analysis Using Advanced Direct Detection Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles Pennington
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research project will investigate enhanced measurements that can be made using a system that simultaneously reports mass capture during a biomolecular interaction along with changes in the structure of the capturing molecule. Current direct detection instruments are… More

Non-Metallic, Thin-Film, Miniature Fiber-Optic Temperature Sensors for Small Scale Explosives Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,829.00
Abstract:
For explosives characterization, fiber optic sensors offer many advantages over equivalent electrical sensors: extreme thermal capability, immunity to electro-magnetic interference and grounding issues, ability to transmit data kilometers with minutesignal degradation (less than 0.5dB/km), and only… More

Nano-Scale Particle Coatings for Service Life Extension of Small Arm Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Fritz J. Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Wear and erosion limit the service life and degrade the performance of weapons used by U. S. Special Operations Forces. Gun barrel coatings to maintain barrel life, overall weapon performance and reduce sustainment costs are required. These new coatingswill conform to environmental initiatives to… More

Thermo-Optical Detection with Interferometric Microchips

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Wavering
Award Amount: $97,210.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Conventional clinical analyses utilize slab gel and capillary electrophoresis (CE) to separate and detect components of interest, most notably proteins and DNA. Recently, miniaturized CE methods, using microchips, has brought the advantages of increased speed,… More

Remote Sensor for Continuous In-Vivo Glucose Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Pennington
Award Amount: $128,002.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): A glucose monitoring technology that enables convenient and pain-free multiple daily glucose readings could significantly reduce long-term diabetes complications based on conclusions of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT). Luna Innovations and… More

Reconfigurable Processor Technology for Software Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Anthony Spivey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
In today's world, wars can be won and lost through technological espionage as much as on the battlefield. Government computer systems must be safeguarded from computer hackers who seek to steal and undermine software applications.One promising technology for software protection is in reconfigurable… More

Distributed Fiber Optic Structural Monitoring of Aging Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Brooks Childers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes the development of a flight capable distributed fiber optic sensing system with unprecedented spatial resolution that will acquire in-flight structural integrity readings on aircraft structural elements and will allow for the fastupload of such data upon an aircrafts… More

Distributed Fiber Optic Structural Monitoring of Aging Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Brooks Childers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $674,938.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes the development of a flight capable distributed fiber optic sensing system with unprecedented spatial resolution that will acquire in-flight structural integrity readings on aircraft structural elements and will allow for the fastupload of such data upon an aircrafts… More

STTR Phase II: Novel Lipid Deposition for Biosensor Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Drexel University
Principal Investigator: Van Tassell Roger, PI
Award Amount: $499,473.00
RI Contact: Irwin Chaiken
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase II project will use the LPG (Long Period Grating) technology to interrogate the interactions between drugs and G-Protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). To effectively study these interactions, one has to stabilize the GPCRs by immobilizing… More

SBIR Phase II: Purification of Metallic Nitride Nanomaterials by Chemical Separation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson, PI
Award Amount: $499,958.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will involve production and purification of a powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agent based on a newly discovered nanomaterial (Trimetasphere), consisting of a metallic nitride nanocluster inside a fullerene type cage. … More

Advanced Monitoring System for Space Flight Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger VanTassell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
Microbial growth in storage water has been a problem for NASA since the onset of space flight. During the Phase I program, Luna developed a novel affinity microcantilever-based biosensor that was capable of directly monitoring water supplies for bacterial contamination during space flights. The… More

Programmable Optical Logic Gates for All-Optical Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Christine Gundersen
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to demonstrate a simple all-optical processor by developing programmable optical logic gates based on the highly integrated photonic switch platform developed during the Phase I. These logic gates, once developed, can be assembled according to the principles of digital… More

Fiber Optic Sensors for Directed Energy Weapons Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kelly Stinson-Bagby, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,942.00
Abstract:
The Air Force Research Laboratory's High Power Microwave (HPM) Program has an on going effort investigating the effects microwave and radio frequency emissions on electronics. HPM weapons have the potential to dominate in command and control warfare by suppressing enemy air defenses and unmanned… More

Impact Indicator Paint for Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop impact indicator paint for use on graphite composites. Microencapsulants incorporated into the paint burst at an impact level capable of causing damage to the underlying composite and resulting in the generation of a colored mark. A color change in the… More

Breathable, Chemically Resistant Materials for Protective Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,948.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a cost effective, elastomeric material for lightweight breathable chemical protective clothing. Materials currently used for chemical protective clothing are either impermeable, leading to heat exhaustion, or based upon a permeable, absorptive technology, which… More

High Spatial Resolution shape Sensing for Adaptive Aerospace Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
It is accepted that adaptive aerospace vehicles whose flight avionic systems are reconfigurable are needed to respond to changing flight parameters, vehicle system performance degradation, or external threat environments. To this end shape modification of aerospace structures during flight can… More

Reversible Molecular Closure System for Shelters and Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
Luna will develop a hermetic closure system for use on combat uniforms and shelters that require protection from chemical and biological (CB) warfare agents. Despite great advances in high barrier fabrics, selectively permeable membranes, and unique chemical absorbent technologies, closures for… More

All Silica, Low Energy Mechanical Fiber Splice for Fusion Replacement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
Optical Fiber has revolutionized the communication industry in the last few decades. However, fiber to fiber connection technology still lags behind copper in both ease of reconnection and signal loss. Fusion of the fiber with active alignment is the most widely used technique for making fiber to… More

Chromate-Free, Zero Volatile Organic Compound Primer for Amphibious Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to demonstrate through resin synthesis and system formulation a chromate-free, zero volatile organic compound (VOC) primer that meets the corrosion, physical and environmental resistance performance requirements for the exterior surfaces of amphibious assault… More

Quantitative DCS Monitor for Blood and Tissue

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University (Dr. Spiess), the Mayo Clinic (Dr. Greenleaf) and Lockheed Martin Orincon (Mr. Sevick) will determine the feasibility of detection of bubble emboli in both blood and tissue in phantoms, animals and humans. The study will include… More

Chromate-Free, Room-Temperature Cure Fuel Tank Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,952.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to demonstrate through the use of novel corrosion inhibitors and coating formulation a chromate-free, room temperature curing, environmentally acceptable fuel tank coating that meets the performance requirements of SAE AMS-C-27725. Luna Innovations, Inc. will… More

SBIR Phase I: Enhancing the Efficacy of a Novel Cancer Drug through Combinatorial Chemistry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Janice Phillips, PI
Award Amount: $99,927.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes to enhance the efficacy of a new anti-cancer drug, based on a novel lead molecule, through combinatorial chemistry. Preliminary data have shown that this drug, in higher doses, has the ability to kill cancerous cells while leaving… More

Networked Data Acquisition System for Wireless/Wired Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Moore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,955.00
Abstract:
Modern naval vessels use vast arrays of sensors throughout the ship to monitor systems. The amount of data collected by these sensors is enormous, requiring a large number of personnel / equipment resources. In addition, this management takes time and coordination between the numerous individuals… More

Acoustic Pulsed Phase Locking Energy Sensor (APPLES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman
Award Amount: $74,955.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop for NIST a low-cost, yet high resolution acoustic sensor system capable of determining micro-degree changes in a water path caused by clinical medical radiation devices. The sensors are external to the water and play a negligible role in thermal transfer in… More

Photonic Rotary Sensor for Angular Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kelly Stinson-Bagby, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
For the Phase I research project, Luna Innovations proposes to develop fiber optic-based valve position sensor for large air valve applications. Luna Innovations will leverage its experience with fiber optic sensors, and their patented fiber optic-based sensor system to complete this research. … More

Carbon Nanotube Based Transistors and Opto-Electronic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Akron
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,985.00
RI Contact: Gerald M. Parker
Abstract:
Luna Innovations addresses the US Air Force need to develop flexible transistors and electronic devices to enable fabrication of smart skins and conformal electronic structures. Electronically active organic and polymer materials have been studied extensively for their use in various electronic… More

Fiber Optic-Based Electronic Pointing Device for Indirect Fire Weapons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Klemmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,967.00
Abstract:
The overall objective for this project is to develop and advanced electronic pointing device (EPD) for indirect fire weapons, specifically the M224, M252, M120 and M121 series mortars and M119, M198 towed howitzers. During Phase I, Luna Innovations will evaluate novel approaches to fiber optic… More

High Resolution Acoustic Groundwater Flow Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph S. Heyman
Award Amount: $79,962.00
Abstract:
Understanding the dynamics of subsurface water movement is absolutely essential to managing water use and mitigating contamination of underground waters from surface sites or subsurface pumping. The goal of this project is to demonstrate a low-cost, highly accurate, quantitative autonomous monitor… More

Isolation of Focal Adhesion Kinase-specific Modulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) plays an important role in transducing signals generated by cellular adhesion molecules regulating cellular migration, growth and survival. It is becoming clear that FAK also relays angiogenic signals from multiple cell surface proteins. Inhibition of FAK by expression… More

Performance Assessment of Carbon Nanotube Containing Coatings and Sealants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Vercellino, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,933.00
Abstract:
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) has become a major concern in military applications, as EMI interference reduces the lifetime and efficiency of instrumentation and telecommunication equipment. Luna Innovations, in this Army Phase I SBIR, will assess the effectiveness of single walled carbon… More

High-Frequency Flush Mounted Miniature LOX Fiber-Optic Pressure Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Alabama, Huntsville -
Principal Investigator: Matthew E. Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Valerie Seaquist
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is teaming with the University of Alabama, Huntsville, to develop a miniature flush-mounted fiber-optic pressure sensor that will allow accurate, high-frequency high-pressure measurement of LOx and LH2. The Innovation of this system is that the sensor is not intrusive, will not… More

Performance Assessment of Carbon Nanotube Containing Coatings and Sealants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paige Phillips, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $727,737.00
Abstract:
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) has become a major concern in military applications, as EMI interference reduces the lifetime and efficiency of instrumentation and telecommunication equipment. Luna meets the need to develop conductive coatings and sealants to attain the EMI shielding needs for… More

Integrated Fiber Optic Sensor and Modeling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Principal Investigator: Kelly Stinson-Bagby, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,979.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
Advanced space fission systems are being developed as safe and affordable space propulsion alternatives for long-term space exploration. The characterization of non-nuclear test core simulators is limited by the lack of instrumentation options available for temperature and strain measurements. Luna… More

Trimetaspheres Novel MRI Dynamic Contrast Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Danilich
Award Amount: $195,875.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This proposal addresses the need to develop a new class of magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agents, Trimetaspheres for dynamic contrast MR imaging in small animal studies. Dynamic contrast focuses on the use of contrast agents of different molecular sizes… More

Non-linear Ultrasonic Bond-Strength Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
To date, bond strength is considered one of the ?holy grails? for NDE. Preliminary data indicates that the Luna Nonlinear Ultrasonic Bond Strength (NUBS) monitor will permit a nondestructive evaluation of bond strength for many classes of adhesives and bond configurations. The technology is based on… More

High-Temperature Fiber Optic Sensors for Nuclear Power Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew E. Palmer, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
75442-Emerging designs for nuclear energy reactors will require reliable, high-temperature physical sensors that are not currently available. Present sensors have several major deficiencies: (1) they are not able to reliably survive the high temperature and radiation levels in certain areas of a… More

BMDO/02-214B - Nanomaterials Technology for High-Temperature Packaging of Power Semiconductor Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: W. S. Watson
Abstract:
This MDA STTR Phase II proposal is a continuation of the work started in Phase I where we proposed to employ ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) processing methods for the fabrication of interconnection joints for high temperature packaging of power electronics devices. The ISAM technique is a… More

Trimetasphere Nanomaterials as Friction Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Stevenson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,963.00
Abstract:
Of significant interest to the Navy are low coefficient of friction gear coatings. Certain military platforms have a run dry requirement that covet survivability of gear coatings in lubrication-starved environments. Current material systems (e.g. black oxide coatings) do not meet the… More

Reconfigurable Processor Technology for Software Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
Every year the Computer Security Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation survey a group of approximately 500 U.S. companies about financial losses due to security breaches. The 2002 data shows an increase in reported financial losses of 21 percent, or $455.8 million. That figure is… More

Single Coat, Zero VOC, Non-Skid System for Ships

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,987.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to demonstrate through resin synthesis and system formulation a fast curing, zero volatile organic compound (VOC) non-skid coating system that meets the fabrication, assembly and performance requirements for ships. Luna Innovations, Inc. will develop a novel VOC… More

Ultra low cost wireless corrosion sensor for ground vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
The Army spends an estimated $2 billion to $2.5 billion per year addressing corrosion-related issues with Army ground vehicles. Corrosion also has a significant impact on force readiness. Army ground vehicles that require corrosion-related repairs are typically out of service for many months. … More

Fiber-Optic Shape Sensing for Intelligent Solar Sail Deployment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a distributed fiber-optic shape sensor to provide a control system for the deployment of ultra-lightweight inflatable support structures for solar sails. This shape sensing system will provide the full-field 3D shape of the lightweight inflatable booms of solar… More

Non-toxic Fire Resistant Deck Covering for Fragmentation Containment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,987.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop a deck covering that provides crew protection and damage mitigation by containing brittle fragments from failure of interior decking in the event of explosive casualty. The objective of the program is to demonstrate through resin synthesis and system formulation a zero… More

Lightweight FRP Composite Ladders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,910.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will be developing lightweight, flame retardant composite inclined ladders for use aboard naval vessels. The proposed program involves 1) designing composite based ladders meeting Navy specifications for shipboard use, 2) producing environmentally sound flame retardant, fiber… More

Multi-purpose sensor module for valve control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Morton, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,962.00
Abstract:
As part of the DDX and future Navy automated ship requirements, systems that were once controlled manually must now be controlled automatically or remotely. Control of mechanical systems requires feedback from sensors located at the device. Luna proposes to develop a multi-purpose sensor module… More

Development of Textiles with Antimicrobial Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: North Carolina State University
Principal Investigator: Paige Phillips, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Matt Ronning
Abstract:
With current events and the focus on homeland defense, there has been much interest in rendering materials biocidal. This Phase II effort will build on the feasibility demonstration of Phase I where Luna covalently bound biocidal molecules to a commercially available textile sample, and tested the… More

Antimicrobial and Hemostatic Wound Dressings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,936.00
Abstract:
Hemorrhage, infection, and infection-induced sepsis are leading causes of death after trauma on the battlefield and in the civilian community. Both problems are being exacerbated by the increasing frequency of rapid deployment and intense conflict followed by delayed troop evacuation times. Most… More

Distant Detection of Concealed Weapons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Joseph S. Heyman, Chief Scientist/Dir, New Technology
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is investigating an ultrasonic/acoustic detection system for concealed weapons and explosives for the Department of Justice. Using ultrasonic beams to achieve a focal spot on the target, this device generates acoustics to probe under clothing. Acoustics, derived from nonlinear… More

RF Power Scavenging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steve Engeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
There is a strong desire within the U.S. Navy to instrument ships with distributed wireless sensors. A significant challenge in this endeavor is supplying power to the sensors. A requirement to regularly change batteries reduces the advantage of the wireless sensors. Luna proposes to solve this… More

Sensor Synchronization Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Morton, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
This project will provide a low power wireless/wired means for sensors to be accurately synchronized giving sensors the means to operate as a collective, thus improving their power and capabilities. This will be done utilizing open architectures to the fullest extent possible.

Technology for Trusted Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
Integrated circuits (ICs), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and systems-on-chip (SoCs) are used in a wide spectrum of vital DOD equipment. The vast majority of these chips are manufactured overseas at untrusted locations. While a chip design… More

Microprobe for Brain Tissue Osmolality Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Tom A. Wavering
Award Amount: $160,733.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Maintenance of the delicate balance of the osmotic forces between the intracellular and the extracellular milieu is as essential to life as is the maintenance of the transmembrane potential to the process of life. The development of a microprobe capable of… More

Miniature Non-Invasive IOP Measurement Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Tom A. Wavering
Award Amount: $749,849.00
Abstract:
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States and accounts for 15% of blindness worldwide. The Vision Research Plan for the National Eye Institute establishes identifying the biological mechanisms responsible for glaucoma as a national priority. Recent research indicates that many… More

A Comprehensive On-board Generator Health Management System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $746,501.00
Abstract:
Generators play a key role in a wide range of military and commercial applications. Especially for aerospace applications, increased power generation with reduced size and weight is a continuous design objective that taxes life limiting components such as bearings, windings, diode assembles, and… More

Lightweight, Flame Retardant Ammunition Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MICHIGAN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Martin E. Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $649,817.00
RI Contact: Suzanne I. Morgan
Abstract:
Luna Innovations in cooperation with Michigan State University is developing lightweight, flame retardant packaging for large caliber ammunition. The proposed program involves 1) designing composite based packaging suitable for transport and storage of large, heavy, shock sensitive objects… More

High Performance, Environmentally Acceptable Conformal Coating for Aircraft Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,138.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to develop a high-performance, environmentally acceptable (chromate-free, zero volatile organic compound (ZVOC)) conformal coating that meets the performance requirements for radar antenna systems. The Phase I program demonstrated the feasibility of developing a… More

Impact Indicator Paint for Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,818.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is developing impact indicator paints for polymer matrix composites (PMCs) used as structural components in military and commercial aircraft. The impact indicator paint coated on a PMC will change color in response to an impact event capable of damaging the underlying composite. … More

Quantitative DCS Monitor for Blood and Tissue

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph S. Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,236.00
Abstract:
Emboli (gas bubbles, clots, fat, etc.) present a health hazard in commercial and military diving, high altitude operations, cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgery, and other medical areas. In Phase II, Luna will produce a field-ready Emboli Detection and Classification (EDAC) system to count, size and… More

High Resolution Acoustic Groundwater Flow Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph S. Heyman, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $296,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop an enabling new technology to determine groundwater vector flow between well sites using acoustic propagation. The new capability is derived from Luna's patented ultrasonic phase-locked-loop research that will be scaled to operate at seismic frequencies appropriate for… More

Acoustic Pulsed Phase Locking Energy Sensor (APPLES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $299,966.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations has developed for NIST a low-cost, yet high resolution acoustic sensor system capable of determining ten micro-degree changes in a water path caused by clinical medical radiation devices. A system will be delivered to NIST for their evaluation and testing. The sensors are external… More

High Resolution Acoustic Solute Transport Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Joseph S. Heyman, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
78594S Many damaging and hazardous organic and inorganic compounds, chemicals, mineral salts, nutrients, radionuclides, and metals are carried in solution into the shallow subsurface system and released into streams. The pathways and extent of contaminant transport in subsurface environment must… More

Advanced Fiber-Optic Instrumentation for Early Flight Fission Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan
Award Amount: $592,467.00
RI Contact: Angela Keen
Abstract:
By properly characterizing the thermo-mechanical activity within non-nuclear test articles, nuclear operation can be more accurately controlled and confidence in thermo-mechanical simulations will be high. However, the ability to characterize non-nuclear test core simulators is currently limited by… More

Extreme Environment Control Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Fielder, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
79616S No method currently exists for the direct monitoring of reactor core temperature and pressure, especially for planned Generation IV nuclear reactors to be fielded by 2030. These reactors will achieve core temperatures of 1000¿C and high core irradiation levels. In addition, uncertainty in… More

High-Frequency Flush Mounted Miniature LOX Fiber-Optic Pressure Sensor II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Matt Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,939.00
RI Contact: Angela Keen
Abstract:
Luna Innovations has teamed with the University of Alabama, Huntsville, to develop a miniature flush-mounted fiber-optic pressure sensor that will allow accurate, high-frequency high-pressure measurement of LOx and LH2. The Innovation of this proposed development is that the miniature flush-mounted… More

High-Temperature Fiber Optic Sensors for Nuclear Power Applications II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Fielder, Mr.
Award Amount: $749,969.00
Abstract:
75442S Emerging designs for nuclear energy reactors will require reliable, high-temperature physical sensors that are not currently available. These sensors will need to operate at temperatures of at least 800¿C and pressures up to 1000 psi while undergoing heavy irradiation. This project will… More

Single Coat, Zero VOC, Non-Skid System for Ships

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,907.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to develop a rapid-cure, single-coat, zero volatile organic compound (VOC) non-skid coating that meets the performance requirements for application on Navy aircraft carriers. During the Phase I program, Luna Innovations Incorporated (Luna) demonstrated the… More

Novel Antimicrobial Nanocomposite Bone Graft Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,938.00
Abstract:
Open fractures account for approximately 20% of all combat-related injuries. The long time between injury and treatment caused by delayed evacuation has resulted in higher infection and morbidity rates relative to similar civilian injuries. The current standard of care for open fractures involves… More

Enhancement of Fluorescence in Protease Assays for Biowarfare Toxin

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger Van Tassell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $104,924.00
Abstract:
In this complex world of ever-increasing chemical and biological threats, rapid and simple assays for detecting the release of hazardous compounds or microorganisms are of major interest. Because of the sensitivity and availability of novel fluorogenic formats, fluorescence assays have come of age.… More

Computer Network Intrusion Tolerance and Survivability for Army Mobile Tactical Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
Luna proposes to perform an intensive study of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Tactical Wireless Network Assurance (TWNA) program and recommend intrusion tolerance/survivability enhancements to the system. Specific areas of focus will be the… More

Ultrahydrophobic Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,986.00
RI Contact: William W. Britton
Abstract:
Recent discoveries have identified the mechanism for the self cleaning of the lotus plant to a microscopic morphology leading to ultrahydrophobic surfaces (i.e. surface contact angle with water >150¿). This finding has sparked the interest of numerous researchers to develop a biomimetic approach… More

Non-Toxic Fire Resistant Deck Covering for Fragmentation Containment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,386.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop a deck covering that provides crew protection and damage mitigation by containing brittle fragments from failure of interior decking in the event of explosive casualty. The objective of the program is to demonstrate through resin synthesis and system formulation a zero… More

RF Power Scavenging for Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $592,195.00
Abstract:
Sensors are playing an increasingly important role in the Navy fleet. The advantages of wireless sensors are numerous, but the drawback of requiring frequent battery replacement outweighs the advantages in most instances. Adding RF power scavenging permits either the removal of the battery, or at… More

Mobile Parts Hospital NDE/Materials Characterization Checkout Center

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph S. Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,920.00
Abstract:
This proposal presents to the Army a unique system for testing parts made by the Mobile Parts Hospital. The concept system can even be built into the MPH and can be integrated with any automated parts handling capability. The proposed system will achieve the traditional Nondestructive Evaluation… More

Mobile Parts Hospital NDE/Materials Characterization Checkout Center

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,943.00
Abstract:
The NDE/Materials Characterization Checkout Center (NCC) will provide the Army a state-of-the-art ultrasonic measurement system for NDE and materials characterization. Data from this system will give the user assurance that the MPH manufactured parts are within required parameters as to flaws… More

Compact, High-Resolution OFDR Unit For Aerospace Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,980.00
Abstract:
Short-length optical communications networks such as those employed on military aircraft are in need of frequent assessment of link health. Precise location and identification of cracks and breaks, as well as an accurate assessment of loss due to fiber bends, splices, and connectors, are critical… More

Complete Aviation Cable Restoration Kit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
The operational commitments required of today's Navy as well as the goal to streamline material resources have made it necessary to increase maintenance quality while reducing time spent in its performance. Novel methods are being employed to reduce cost, time, and improve the mission readiness of… More

Nondestructive Measurements of Cold-Working Zones at Fastener Holes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark McKenna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,980.00
Abstract:
In the aerospace industry, a fastener hole is considered as potential crack initiation site for structures that undergo cyclic fatigue loading because of the stress and strain concentration. However, the use of a cold expansion process to introduce a compressive residual stress field in the material… More

Dynamic Module Server for FPGA Defragmentation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a Dynamic Module Server (DMS) that manages dynamically reconfigurable modules to prevent fragmentation in runtime-reconfiguring FPGA applications. The DMS will be capable of maximizing the available contiguous FPGA resources by efficiently floorplanning the… More

3D Wire System Position and Condition Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wavering, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,941.00
Abstract:
The National Strategy for Aging Aircraft identifies major thrust areas that include: 1) Transitioning commercially developed products into an aviation environment, 2) Diagnostics/health monitoring systems, and 3) Wiring failure detection/condition monitoring. To address this need, Luna is developing… More

Advanced Automated Wireless Structural Health Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I Navy SBIR project, Luna Innovations, Inc. proposes to develop and demonstrate the laboratory prototype of a sparse network of large area ultrasonic wireless sensors permanently mounted on or embedded into an advanced materials structure. These sensors can be used for monitoring a… More

Alternative Methods of Wireless Sensor Power

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy has stated a need for reduced manning onboard future Naval vessels. This shall be accomplished by automating a multitude of processes and obtaining feedback via wireless sensors. Most modern sensors do not contain enough stored power to allow four years of continuous operation. The… More

Improved Hemorrhage Detection Technology for a Robotic HIFU Manipulator System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MISSISSIPPI
Principal Investigator: Ted Lynch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,977.00
RI Contact: Alice Clark
Abstract:
In this STTR, Luna Innovations, Inc., the University of Mississippi's National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA), and Robotics Research Corporation will develop an automated system for delivering high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to the location of a severe bleed using a robotic… More

Carbon Composites with Improved EMI Shielding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,972.00
Abstract:
The conversion of metal components on aircraft to polymer reinforced composites allows up to 50% weight savings over metal structures. This reduction in weight will enable significant gains in performance (increased range, payload, velocities), and lowering of costs. Composites also provide… More

Sub-Vocal Biometric Authentication System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,918.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a method of determining a user's identity through a sub-vocal electromyogram-based biometric. Luna's method will emphasize ergonomics, enabling the dismounted warfighter to authenticate to the device without manual intervention. Minimum effort, discomfort, and… More

Fiber Optic Microcantilever Sensor Coupled with Reactive Polymers for Vapor Phase Detection of Ammonia

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew S. Hull
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to adapt its current aqueous-based, fiber-optic microcantilever sensor technology for real-time, monitoring of ammonia in air. Phase I studies will focus on confirming sensor operation in a vapor-phase detection format and will build upon Luna's current NASA SBIR Phase II… More

Reduced Moisture vapor transmission coatings for Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marc Hirsch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
Modern technology has developed materials that are highly durable and can resist a harsh environment, but one of the most damaging chemicals for electrical components is moisture. Even very low levels of water vapor can be fatal to sensitive equipment, particularly for guidance systems in missiles.… More

Wireless Backbone to Monitor and Administer Large Remote DoD Acreage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Army has stated a need for wirelessly monitoring large areas of remote land. The goal of this effort is to leverage Luna Innovation's existing wireless monitoring system to support the sensing elements and environmental requirements of this implementation. In Phase I of this effort we… More

Distributed Monitoring of Electrical Wiring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Tom Wavering, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,972.00
Abstract:
Electrical wiring interconnect system (EWIS) damage due to mechanical, thermal, electrical, and chemical mechanisms can result in loss of critical systems, smoke and fire, and lead to catastrophic equipment failure. Aircraft wiring is the subject of intensive research efforts to predict and… More

Magnetite Nanoparticles for Enhanced Environmental Remediation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hull, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,939.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop commercial-scale suspension of nano-scale magnetite (Fe3O4) particles for remediation of contaminated groundwater. Magnetite nanoparticles are ubiquitous in the environment and can be found in weathered clays and soils, in atmospheric aeroslos, and in recently… More

Validation of a RSK-inhibitor as a Novel Therapeutic for

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Siddhartha De
Award Amount: $435,093.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The inactivation of the host immune response by Yersinia, the causative agent of the plague, is mediated by a family of six proteins called Yersinia outer proteins, or Yops, namely YopE, YopH, YopO, YopM, YopJ, and YopT. While the mechanisms of action of YopE,… More

RDMA Directly Over DWDM Using Fast Optical Control Plane Procisioning for Low Latency in High Speed Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: MCNC Research & Development Institute
Principal Investigator: Alan Jamison, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,940.00
RI Contact: Pat Moody
Abstract:
78597 Generalized Multiple Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) is currently used for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) provisioning as an alternative to wavelength routing in optical networks. Unfortunately, GMPLS connection times are typically tens of milliseconds, resulting in… More

Hybrid Materials for Fire Resistant Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Martin E. Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Lightweight structural materials must retain strength under fire exposure and must be made from non-flammable or flame retardant materials to limit fire spread and smoke. Significant advantages in mobility and efficiency can be achieved by identifying a material system that is lightweight, fire… More

Ultrasonic Derivative Measurements of Bone Strain During Exercise

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John E. Lynch
Award Amount: $69,955.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations, Inc., in collaboration with the SUNY Stony Brook, proposes to extend ultrasonic pulsed phase locked loop (PPLL) derivative measurements to the noninvasive assessment of bone strain during exercise. The PPLL is a high-resolution ultrasonic spectrometer that measures changes in… More

Novel Chitosan Mucoadhesives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Danilich
Award Amount: $125,239.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There have been numerous approaches to developing soft tissue adhesives that combine tissue compatibility, ease of use, good adhesive and cohesive strength, hemostasis and promotion of wound healing. These include completely synthetic approaches and approaches… More

Intelligent Coatings for Self-Healing and Corrosion Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,952.00
Abstract:
The bulk of current military coatings are expensive, contain volatile organics, and are labor intensive to apply. Much of these costs are associated with the scraping and repainting of metal materials (20% of the $10 billion in estimated Army corrosion-related costs). There is a tremendous need to… More

Fiber optic water corrosivity monitoring system

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Tom Wavering, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
Water piping systems maintenance is challenging due to cost and difficulty of maintaining optimal water chemistry. Advanced corrosion control systems are needed to actively monitor water corrosivity as feedback for the injection of green chemicals to maintain optimal water chemistry. Advanced… More

High-Speed Thermal Characterization of Cryogenic Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Principal Investigator: Sandra Klute
Award Amount: $99,962.00
RI Contact: Angela Keen
Abstract:
The John C. Stennis Space Center's primary mission is testing rocket propulsion systems and components for the Space Shuttle and for future generations of space vehicles. Research to develop new instrumentation technologies and techniques for test facility monitoring and control during propulsion… More

Advanced Aluminum Alloy Cleaning Methods for Improved Corrosion Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Cooper, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing environmentally acceptable surface cleaning methods that increase the corrosion resistance of aircraft aluminum alloys. Existing specified cleaning processes degrade the corrosion properties of high-strength aluminum… More

Optically clear ballistic resistant polymer nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
The modern warfighter is equipped with the best personal protective equipment available today, but that is not enough. Thirteen percent of casualties in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were ophthalmic injuries and only 3% of those injured were wearing protective goggles. There is a real… More

Novel Hydrogen Embrittlement Detection System for Shipboard Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Cooper, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a novel low-cost hydrogen embrittlement detection system for ships. Luna Innovations, Inc. will demonstrate complimentary orthogonal techniques that provide critical direct and indirect information on the conditions that… More

Thermosensitive Intracavitary Hemostatic Agent

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death from battlefield trauma. Approximately 80% of hemorrhagic deaths on the battlefield are due to intracavitary hemorrhage that is not accessible to direct pressure. Noncompressible hemorrhage is also a primary cause of death in civilian trauma. … More

Isolation of Focal Adhesion Kinase-specific Modulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,916.00
Abstract:
There exists a need to develop therapeutic strategies for the pharmacological modulation of angiogenesis to maintain force readiness. Angiogenesis is the development and growth of new capillary blood vessels from the existing vasculature. While increased vascularization of wounded tissue is… More

Extreme Environment Control Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Mr.
Award Amount: $749,948.00
Abstract:
Generation-IV reactor plants have the potential to drastically reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to reduce emission of greenhouse gasses. These plants will require reliable, high-temperature physical sensors that can operate at temperatures of 800°C to 1000°C and pressures up to 1000psi,… More

Enhancement of Fluorescence in Protease Assays for Biowarfare Toxins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger Van Tassell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,969.00
Abstract:
Recently, there have been a growing number of rapid fluorescence-based assays for detection and study of biothreat agents, particularly bacterial pathogens and toxins, and inhibitors thereof. Of the bacterial toxins, foremost are the lethal toxin (LT) of Bacillus anthracis and the neurotoxins… More

Computer Network Intrusion Tolerance and Survivability for Army Mobile Tactical Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Director Secure Computing
Award Amount: $729,907.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations and RTI International propose to merge SITAR with the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Tactical Wireless Network Assurance (TWNA) program. Specific areas of focus will be the Policy Management Server and the Bandwidth Broker… More

Novel Antimicrobial Nanocomposite Bone Graft Material Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Invesitgator
Award Amount: $729,913.00
Abstract:
Infected open fractures are a common battlefield injury, particularly in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The current standard of care for infected open fractures involves irrigation, debridement, initial stabilization, and antibiotic therapy. In order to provide local antibiotic… More

Lightweight FRP Composite Ladders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Martin Rogers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,934.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will be developing lightweight, flame retardant composite inclined ladders for use aboard naval vessels. The proposed program involves 1) designing composite based ladders suitable meeting Navy specifications for shipboard use 2) producing environmentally sound flame retardant,… More

Ultra Low Cost Wireless Corrosion Sensor for Ground Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,000.00
Abstract:
Corrosion severely impacts the life cycle cost, operational life, and readiness of Army ground vehicles. The Army spends an estimated $2 billion to $2.5 billion per year addressing corrosion-related issues with ground vehicles. Low cost and easy to use corrosivity sensors are required to help the… More

Dynamic Module Server for Routing-Driven FPGA Defragmentation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,921.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a set of Dynamic Module Servers (DMS) that manage dynamically reconfigurable modules to prevent fragmentation in runtime-reconfiguring FPGA applications. The DMS will be capable of maximizing the available contiguous FPGA resources by efficiently floorplanning… More

Nanostructured Fiber Optic Cantilever Arrays and Hybrid MEMS Sensors for Chemical and Biological Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew S. Hull, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,959.00
Abstract:
Advancements in nano-/micro-scale sensor fabrication and molecular recognition surfaces offer promising opportunities to develop miniaturized hybrid fiber optic and MEMS-based sensors for in situ analysis of chemicals and microbial pathogens in spacecraft air and water. Such sensors have… More

Magnetite Nanoparticles for Enhanced Environmental Remediation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Matthew S. Hull, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $344,374.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated is developing low-cost commercial-scale magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles for the enhanced remediation of contaminated groundwater, The use of nanoparticles for environmental remediation has attracted much attention since the late 90¿s, yet practical application of this… More

Ultrahydrophobic Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: THE UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,937.00
RI Contact: William W. Britton
Abstract:
Due to the staggering costs stemming from corrosion of metal structures, there is a tremendous need to develop multifunctional coatings that can out perform traditional coatings. This research program will develop robust, inexpensive ultrahydrophobic coatings that repel water and corrosion causing… More

Non-Destructive Evaluation / Inspection (NDE/NDI) for Aero Turbine Hot Section Castings and Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: VIRGINIA TECH
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,955.00
RI Contact: David Richardson
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated will conduct a feasibility study of a non-linear, ultrasonic, non-destructive method of evaluating heat transfer and structural characterization of gas turbine engine hot section parts. The proposed concept is a novel ultrasonic measurement which will be used to… More

Real-Time Micro-Miniature Dosimeter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Fielder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,945.00
Abstract:
The new Presidential directive to place humans on Mars and establish bases on the moon will require advances in nuclear thermal propulsion and power generation. Nuclear thermal propulsion has a combined advantage in power density, ISP and low fuel/mass ratio over other propulsion means for these… More

Nanocrystal FRET Probes for Multi-Wavelength Analysis of Protein Dynamics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,948.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will demonstrate the feasibility of using a novel set of nanoparticle fluorescence resonant energy transfer (FRET) probes to monitor protein dynamics via real-time single-molecule spectroscopy. The proximity-dependent FRET-like interaction between nanoparticles would translate into… More

Flame Retardant Ballistic Materials for Missile Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,940.00
Abstract:
Missile defense systems are now required to conform to the insensitive munitions requirements of MIL STD 2105C. Meeting such requirements in the ballistic missile defense system will require a layered approach involving modified shipping containers and canisters, improvements in solid rocket motor… More

High Friction Nanocomposite Coating for Radar Absorption

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,948.00
Abstract:
Existing coating systems used for flight decks function as high friction surfaces that are corrosion and wear resistant. These coatings do not have radar absorbing properties to reduce radar cross-section of sea vehicles. Luna proposes to develop an economical, durable, corrosion resistant deck… More

Dynamic Hardware Development Methodology for FPGAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principaal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,932.00
Abstract:
Configurable computing devices, such as Field Programmable Gates Arrays (FPGAs), permit arbitrary reprogramming of the devices' hardware structure after manufacture. This programmability greatly decreases development costs and time-to-market compared to Application-Specific Integrated Circuits… More

Electrohydromechanical Actuator Control System Using Flight-Hardened Fiber Optic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sandra Klute, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,968.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a flight hardened fiber optic sensor system for the measurement of pressure, temperature, current, voltage, rotary position, and linear position. The purpose of this system is to provide control feed back for electromechanical and electrohydrostatic actuation… More

Manufacturing and Assembly of Innovative Electro-Optical Components and Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
Fiber optic data links are inherently protected from radiation and can provide significant weight savings for space-based applications. The goal of this SBIR is to create a distributed fiber optic bus to connect modular electronics within a space vehicle which would also improve bandwidth without… More

Magnetodielectric Nanocomposite Films for RF Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGIA TECH
Principal Investigator: Christy Vestal, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,962.00
RI Contact: Gary D. Hutchison
Abstract:
Requirements for improved military communication systems operating in the GHz frequency range, such as low cost, lightweight antennas and surveillance equipment with low physical or conformal profiles, demand the development of new materials with improved electromagnetic properties. To meet this… More

Distributed Skin Friction Sensor Network Enabling Neuro-Mimetic Smart Skin

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sandie Klute, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,938.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes development of a suite of sensors based on the Distributed Sensing System (DSS) platform for high density in-flight measurement of strain, shape, and skin friction. Sensors will be easily embedded into multifunctional air vehicles and will provide an enabling… More

Amorphous Soft-Core Processor for Hardware Anti-Tamper

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,865.00
Abstract:
The loss of technological advantage due to the tamper and reverse engineering of digital computing hardware is a growing concern for the United States Army. Active and passive anti-tamper mechanisms, such as epoxy resins, connoisseur coating, VLSI circuit layout obfuscation, chemical-mechanical… More

Amorphous Soft-Core Processor for Hardware Anti-Tamper

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $728,610.00
Abstract:
The loss of technological advantage due to the tamper and reverse engineering of digital computing hardware is a growing concern for the United States Army. Active and passive anti-tamper mechanisms, such as epoxy resins, connoisseur coating, VLSI circuit layout obfuscation, chemical-mechanical… More

Secure Software Platform for Real-Time Software Anti-Tamper

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Barry Polakowski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Software reverse engineering has become a science of well-defined methods, tools, and philosophies. Known approaches - such as white-box, black-box, and gray-box attacks - and highly-intricate tools - such as debuggers, decompilers, and disassemblers - can be combined to reveal the secrets of… More

Self-Healing Adhesives and Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,972.00
RI Contact: R. B. Kalmbach
Abstract:
The replacement of metal aerospace structures with polymer matrix composites (PMCs) provides up to 50% weight savings. This reduction in weight will enable significant gains in performance (increased range, payload, and velocities) and decreased costs. One of the obstacles to the widespread use of… More

Secure Software Platform for Tamper Detection and Response

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,956.00
Abstract:
Software reverse engineering has become a science of well-defined methods, tools, and philosophies. Known approaches - white-box, black-box, and gray-box attacks - and highly-intricate tools - debuggers, decompilers, and disassemblers - can be combined to reveal the secrets of software intellectual… More

Robust Multi-Mode Sterilizer for Austere Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Cottler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Steam sterilization, or autoclaving, is the preferred method for eliminating the risk of cross infection through contaminated instruments and the only one recommended throughout the world by healthcare professionals including the W.H.O. (World Healthcare Organization) and C.D.C. (Center of Disease… More

Smart Coatings for the Assessment of Impact and Thermal Damage on Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,939.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is developing damage indicator paints for polymer matrix composites (PMCs) used as structural components in military and commercial aircraft. The complex structure of composites makes detection of cracks, flaws, and weak points within a structural component challenging. Composite… More

Power Harvesting for Encrypted Wireless Sensor Clusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE INT'L.
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Grant, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,979.00
RI Contact: Carolyn S. Parker
Abstract:
There is a great need to decrease the dependence upon traditional batteries in modern miniature devices. Not only do batteries increase the size of ever shrinking components, they also do not provide the operational lifetime that is being demanded of newer components. Alternative power sources… More

Biometric Identity Verification for Sailors in Battle Dress

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,731.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to develop a method of determining a user's identity through a sub-vocal electromyogram-based biometric. Luna's method will emphasize ergonomics, enabling the sailor to authenticate to the device with minimal manual intervention. Minimum effort, discomfort, and… More

Open Architecture Fiber Optic Engine Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,963.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a flight hardened, universal, fiber optic sensor system for the measurement of multiple physical parameters of interest. The purpose of this system is to provide an open architecture that will universally accept fiber optic sensors including those… More

Real-Time Fiber Optic Neutron Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
Improved neutron dosimetry is needed to assure the safety of nuclear power plants. However, real-time spectrometers for measuring neutron dose at specific energy levels do not exist. Instead, the current state of the art relies on some type of installed neutron absorber, which must be physically… More

Advanced Aluminum Alloy Cleaning Methods for Improved Corrosion Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Prinicipal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,888.00
Abstract:
The objective of the program is to build on the success of our Phase I program to develop environmentally acceptable surface cleaning methods that improve the corrosion performance of non-chromate coating systems for aircraft aluminum alloys. Through the Phase I effort, Luna Innovations, Inc. has… More

Fiber Optic Water Corrosivity Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Wavering, Principal Invesitgator
Award Amount: $749,918.00
Abstract:
Advanced corrosion control for water piping systems reduces maintenance time and costs, and increases component service life. The Department of Defense estimates that a 1% improvement in Army utility operations and maintenance can save $18 million per year. To address this critical need, Luna… More

Integrated Capture and Burn Soot Removal System for Aircraft Exhaust

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kelly Stinson-Bagby, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,937.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop a hybrid capture and burn system for the removal of soot from aircraft engine exhaust. Using proven technology, Luna will create a unique integrated system that is aerodynamically designed. The goal is to reduce soot emissions while limiting impact on engine… More

Abrasion Resistant Ultrahydrophobic Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Marc Hirsch, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,959.00
Abstract:
Wind turbine systems are increasingly being installed in extreme environments, which decrease the systems¿ efficiency and lifetimes. Two major issues affecting wind energy efficiency are blade fouling (from ice, salt, bugs, etc.) and damage from the harsh environment (corrosion, pitting from… More

High-Speed Thermal Characterization of Cryogenic Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Sandie Klute, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $588,814.00
RI Contact: David Richardson
Abstract:
Luna proposes to continue development on a high-speed fiber optic sensor and readout system for cryogenic temperature measurements in liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2). This work will be based on the solid proof of feasibility completed during the Phase I STTR project and will result in… More

Intelligent Coatings for Self-Healing and Corrosion Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Bryan E. Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,943.00
Abstract:
There is a huge cost associated with the maintenance of metal components for military and commercial applications. The total defense estimated corrosion costs are $20 billion of the total annual U.S. cost of $276 billion. The Army alone spends 20% of its $10 billion corrosion-related costs on… More

Noninvasive Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John E. Lynch
Award Amount: $98,522.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Inaccuracy in the current methods of compartment syndrome diagnosis often leads to delays in treatment. Missed diagnosis of compartment syndrome to be one of the most common causes of litigation against doctors in North America, with the average malpractice award… More

Space Efficient Fuel Cell Fibers for Micro Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonas Gunter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force faces a growing need for small covert air platforms to detect, identify, and defeat enemy targets. These micro air vehicles (MAV) have stringent space and payload requirements. Existing battery technology cannot provide the energy densities needed to meet future mission… More

Highly Efficient Desalinator for Individual Aircrew Member Survival

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Patrick Cottler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,944.00
Abstract:
Air Force aircraft are outfitted with emergency and survival equipment designed for the constant threat of an accident. This equipment protects the aircrew member from the initial insult and assists survival in austere environments before rescue crews can arrive. Pilots undergo rigorous training… More

Novel Additives for Passivating Silicon Nitride Bearing Elements in Perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPAE) Lubricants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonas Gunter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force has a need for stable high performance lubricants for current and next generation gas turbine engines. Perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPAE) fluids have been the subject of intense development over the past 40 years. This work has led to a current generation of lubricant formulations… More

SBIR Phase I: Immunological Tools for Trimetasphere Fullerenes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. VanTassell, Mr
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I project will address the production, characterization and application of antibodies to carbonaceous nanomaterials. Specifically, these are the trimetallic endohedral fullerene, Trimetaspheres (TMS). The project will develop the novel… More

Ultrasonic Pollution Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark McKenna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop a practical compact ultrasonic pollution detection instrument capable of detecting multiple pollutants, paths and monitoring the levels of pollutants such as copper or zinc, for use in environmental monitoring for storm water. Detecting the level of pollutants is an… More

Extended Pot Life and Controlled Cure Marine Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,971.00
Abstract:
Reapplication of corrosion control coatings constitutes a major part of a ship overhaul in both time and resources. Many areas require multiple coats which need time to cure before the area can be recoated or used. One half of a ship's total overhaul time can be spent waiting for coatings to cure… More

Multifunctional Self Healing Coatings for Marine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
There is a huge cost associated with the maintenance of metal components for military and commercial applications. The total annual U.S. cost for corrosion is $276 billion and the defense cost alone is estimated at $20 billion. Luna is addressing this need to enhance the service life of ship… More

Multifunctional Coating System for Corrosion Prevention and Structural Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
Traditional coatings provide barrier protection to structures and inhibit corrosion with water soluble compounds. These current systems are not engineered to advance the Navy's efforts to improve reliability and establish condition-based maintenance of ship structures. To address this need, Luna… More

Optical Weight and Center of Gravity Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,696.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated is partnering with a major helicopter manufacturer to develop a Center-of-Gravity (C.G.) and Gross-Weight (G.W.) measurement system for Blackhawk Helicopters. The proposed optical fiber-based measurement system will enable real-time monitoring of the C.G. of the… More

Wearable Computer for Enhanced Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations, partnering with Virginia Tech's Configurable Computing Laboratory, shall develop a wearable computer system that leverages the advantages of a unique configurable architecture to dynamically balance requirements for performance, connectivity, power, weight, usability, and… More

Nanocomposite Inhibitors for Corrosion Resistant Conductive Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fritz Fiedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
Conductive coatings and adhesives are used on composite aircraft structures to control electrostatic discharge and provide lightening strike protection. Contact of these metal or carbon filled coatings with alloy components creates the potential for significant corrosion problems. These corrosion… More

Body Wearable Diversity Antenna Systems for Increased Antenna Performance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Craven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,320.00
Abstract:
The creation of a wearable diversity antenna system for the warfighter presents a variety of challenges. The antennas must be wearable, robust, unobtrusive, light-weight, and interface with existing and future Army radios. To effectively design these antennas simulations must include the effects… More

Smart Sensor Hub for Corrosion Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,956.00
Abstract:
Corrosion of aircraft and rotorcraft is the single largest maintenance cost driver for the Navy and Marine Corps. In order to maximize aircraft availability and minimize inspection and maintenance demands, Luna proposes to develop a smart sensor hub to support corrosion monitoring of aircraft. The… More

Encapsulated Biocidal Coatings for Decontamination of HVAC Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
Current technologies used for neutralization of biological warfare agents (BWA) can be effective to clean exposed facilities, however have major obstacles. Following the anthrax mail scare in 2001, certain buildings and offices were closed for months pending cleanup. To neutralize these sites,… More

Nanocomposite for Electrically Conductive Structural Adhesives and Bolt Hole Fillers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
Existing electrically-conductive structural adhesives utilize large amounts of silver particles to achieve their desired electrical properties. There unfortunately exists a limit as to how much an adhesive's electrical properties can be enhanced using this approach due to mechanical property… More

Advanced Technologies to Improve Fire Resistant Fuels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes a novel flame resistant fuel formulation that will meet the Army's need for self extinguishing JP-8 and diesel fuels. Recent research in water-in-fuel emulsions has demonstrated great advances to reduce flammability of fuels through its self extinguishing property. … More

WINGST--Web-Interfaced Nanotechnology ESH Guidance System for Force Health Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew Hull, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,942.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes the development of a novel Web-Interfaced Nanotechnology Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) Guidance System-WINGST-that will provide Air Force personnel with streamlined access to strategies and tools for managing emerging ESH risks and for exchanging vital information… More

Appliques for the Assessment of Damage on Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop impact and thermal damage indicator appliques for polymer matrix composites (PMCs) used in aircraft and support structures. This smart applique system will produce a visual signal in response to an impact or thermal event capable of damaging the underlying composite. … More

Photochemical tissue bonding for military medical applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: WELLMAN CENTER FOR PHOTOMEDICINE
Principal Investigator: Patrick Cottler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,957.00
RI Contact: Susan Roche
Abstract:
Tissue repair is an essential component of surgical procedures as well as treatment of traumatic injury. There are a variety of techniques and technologies that are used clinically with varying degrees of efficacy. Due to complications of current techniques, there is interest in development of… More

High-Temperature Turbine Monitoring and Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $149,939.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated will work with our existing gas turbine engine OEM partners to develop durable, high-temperature fiber optic pressure sensors and prognosis system for compressor and combustor health monitoring in military turbine engines. Luna has already demonstrated un-cooled gas… More

Smart Environmental Corrosivity Sensor Suite for Aircraft Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,975.00
Abstract:
Corrosion of aircraft and rotorcraft is the single largest maintenance cost driver for the Navy and Marine Corps. In order to maximize aircraft availability and minimize inspection and maintenance demands, Luna proposes to develop a miniature, light weight sensor suite that will measure corrosive… More

Superhydrophobic Non-fouling Periscope Head Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,940.00
Abstract:
Maintaining clarity on periscope head windows is critical to provide a high level of visibility for optimal vessel operation. Currently used polysiloxane based coatings that provide watershedding on periscope optical systems have poor mechanical properties, and must be frequently reapplied to… More

Co-Processor Secure Software Platform with Instruction-Set Emulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James Inge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,902.00
Abstract:
The art and science of software reverse engineering have matured to the point that their methods, tools, and philosophies are well defined and commonly known. Robust fault injection, debugger, disassembly, and de-compilation tools are available to assist efforts to reveal the details of software… More

Cost Effective Coating System for Corrosion Protection of Navy Ships

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,924.00
Abstract:
Surface preparation, corrosion protection, and coating operations severely constrain and impact shipbuilding activities. There is a need for coating systems that improve materials costs reduce man-power resources and application schedule. Luna Innovations will utilize demonstrated resins and… More

Hydrophobic Coatings for Corrosion Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
The total defense related corrosion costs are estimated at $20 billion of the total annual U.S. cost estimates of $276 billion. Much of the costs are associated with the maintenance of metal materials; 20% of the estimated corrosion-related costs involve scraping and repainting steel structures. … More

Next Generation Aircraft Wiring Insulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: UIli Becker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
Wiring repairs represent a large cost segment to the US Navy. According to the Navy, wiring problems cause 1,400 aborted missions per year, 2.5 electrical fires per month, and require 1-2 million operational man-hours per year for trouble shooting/repair. Currently used wire insulation is… More

Self Sanitizing Thin Films Using Discrete Toxicant/Germinant Surface Features

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Ulli Becker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
With global terrorism on the rise, there is an increasing need to develop self sanitizing surfaces and surface treatments with maximum potential to kill biological organisms in order to minimize hazard to human health. Luna Innovations proposes the creation of self sanitizing films that can be used… More

Erosion Resistance Coatings for Composite Propulsor/Fan Blades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,959.00
Abstract:
In the development of high speed surface platforms, such as Littoral combat ship, fiber reinforced composite (FRP) materials offer strength, stiffness, low cost and weight reduction. Most of the fiber reinforced composite materials currently used are stiff and strain-rate limited. Due to poor energy… More

Self-Monitoring Energetic Materials Storage Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Aaron C. Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,982.00
Abstract:
Energetic materials require extensive mitigation with respect to storage and handling procedures. This typically results in large cost and weight penalties when applied to shipping or storage containers. Any container or containment system also must meet stringent fire retardant properties if it… More

Advanced Bridge Window Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Pratik Shah, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
Maintaining a high level of visibility in surface ships is very difficult under very inclement environmental conditions. Mechanical systems such as wipers and spinning windows are known to malfunction, are costly to maintain, and also impair vision during clear weather. New systems are required to… More

Advanced Software Protection for Embedded Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James Inge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Software reverse engineering has become a science of well-defined methods, tools, and philosophies. Known approaches - such as white-box, black-box, and gray-box attacks - and highly-intricate tools - such as debuggers, decompilers, and disassemblers - can be combined to reveal the secrets of… More

Superlens for 193nm Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,976.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes to design and develop a superlens structure that will achieve 30nm resolution at 193nm wavelength for high resolution photolithography used in IC production in military and commercial applications. The unique design of the proposed superlens provides a means to overcome the… More

Pultruded Smart ISO Containers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,963.00
Abstract:
Current steel ISO shipping containers are incompatible with RFID tracking. Steel containers are also labor intensive to produce, heavy, and susceptible to corrosion. By switching to a fiberglass reinforced composite, a new ISO container can be produced that will be lighter weight and corrosion… More

Thin Film Coatings for Antimicrobial Textiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ulrike Becker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Current clothing worn by soldiers offers little to no protection from biological agents, as biological agents may remain active on the textile surface or even pass through the textile. Luna Innovations is developing textiles capable of rendering lethal biological agents harmless on contact. This… More

Carbon Nanosheets as Nanostructured Electrode in Organic Photovoltaic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Martin Drees, Mr
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
With increasing energy costs, the need for cheap renewable energy sources becomes significantly more important. Organic solar cells offer the potential for light-weight, flexible devices with potentially low material cost. Despite significant improvements over the last couple of years, the maximum… More

PV (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film) Manufacturing Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Dr
Award Amount: $99,888.00
Abstract:
Photovoltaic (PV) technology is predicted to have a substantial impact on the nation¿s wealth and economy in the 21st century. Such an energy-generating technology offers high reliability, little maintenance, and virtually no environmental impact. It can be produced domestically and provides many… More

Low-Drift Ultra-High Temperature Thermal Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Mr
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
No drift-free measurement of temperature exists for monitoring in-core reactor temperatures in planned Gen-IV nuclear reactor designs, especially the next generation nuclear plants such as the VHTR (very high temperature reactor) and PBMR (Pebble Bed Moderated Reactor). These reactors are planned… More

Development of Novel Cholesteryl-Derivatized Endohedral Metallofullerenes for Ima

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert Lenk
Award Amount: $399,967.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease results in close to 20 million deaths annually. The hallmark of the disease is the accumulation of plaques in the arterial wall. These plaques form when macrophages are subjected t o lipid-rich environments which lead to… More

Real-Time Micro-Miniature Dosimeter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Fielder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $592,971.00
Abstract:
The new Presidential directive to place humans on Mars and establish bases on the moon will require advances in space nuclear power generation. Nuclear power generation has a combined advantage in power density, low fuel/mass ratio, mission duration and cost over any other generation method for… More

Optical Weight and Center of Gravity Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,948.00
Abstract:
Real-time, condition based maintenance of Helicopters requires a robust means of monitoring the load on the airframe and rotor real-time. Luna Innovations Incorporated is proposing an all-optical-fiber based system to enable real-time monitoring of the center of gravity (C.G.) and gross weight… More

Materials Characterization for Space Manufactured Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Alabama, Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Mark E. McKenna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,983.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Long duration missions to the Moon and Mars will place new demands upon components and systems leading to increasingly stringent requirements for safety, quality, maintainability and repair. In-Situ Fabrication and Repair (ISFR) of components is a key exploration initiative technology element… More

Embedded Structural Integrity Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Mark W. McKenna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,980.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
In this work Luna Innovations in partnership with Pennsylvania State University proposes to develop a new thermo-ultrasonic technology for the real-time in-situ monitoring of critical metallic, composite and bonded structural health parameters during space exploration missions. The potential… More

Optically Clear Ballistic Resistant Polymer Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $749,958.00
Abstract:
There is a need for a lightweight device with low areal density (

Optical Real-Time Space Radiation Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bryan A. Dickerson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
Real-time dosimetry is needed to provide immediate feedback, so astronauts can minimize their exposure to ionizing radiation during periods of high solar activity. Optical radiation monitors provide continuous detection of e- and n. Radiation induced changes in the optical properties of each… More

Electrohydromechanical Actuator Control System Using Flight-Hardened Fiber Optic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,917.00
Abstract:
Portable electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons are becoming increasingly available to our enemies including adversarial states, terrorist groups, and organized crime. Plans for highly portable EMP weapons are available on the Internet and could be deployed against military and/or commercial aircraft … More

High Friction Nanocomposite Coating for Radar Absorption

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
Existing coating systems for flight decks function as high friction surfaces that are corrosion and wear resistant. These coatings are not effective for reducing radar cross section of ships. The objective of Luna's development effort is to develop a high friction, durable coating system that… More

Nondestructive Measurements of Cold-Working Zones at Fastener Holes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark McKenna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $699,952.00
Abstract:
In the aerospace industry, a fastener hole is considered as potential crack initiation site for structures that undergo cyclic fatigue loading because of the stress and strain concentration. However, the use of a cold expansion process to introduce a compressive residual stress field in the material… More

A Highly Integrated Multi-Parameter Distributed Fiber-Optic Instrumentation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Roger P. Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
In the future, exploration missions will benefit greatly from advanced metrology capabilities, particularly structural health monitoring systems that provide real time in-situ diagnostics and evaluation of structural integrity. Safety- and mission-critical components and systems will be instrumented… More

Space Efficient Fuel Cell Fibers for Micro Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonas C. Gunter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,942.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force faces a growing need for small covert air platforms to detect, identify, and defeat enemy targets. These micro air vehicles (MAV) have stringent space and payload requirements. Existing battery technology cannot provide the energy densities needed to meet future mission… More

Compact, High-Resolution OFDR Unit For Aerospace Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Roger Duncan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,959.00
Abstract:
Short-length optical communications networks such as those employed on military aircraft are in need of frequent assessment of link health. Precise location and identification of cracks and breaks, as well as an accurate assessment of loss due to fiber bends, splices, and connectors, are critical to… More

Complete Aviation Cable Restoration Kit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew E. Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $374,946.00
Abstract:
The operational commitments required of today's Navy as well as the goal to streamline material resources have made it necessary to increase maintenance quality while reducing time spent in its performance. Commonly, repairs made to the fiber optic networks on Navy aircraft at sea, require for… More

Secure Software Platform for Real-Time Software Anti-Tamper

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark Bucciero, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $999,835.00
Abstract:
Software reverse engineering has become a science of well-defined methods, tools, and philosophies. Known approaches - such as white-box, black-box, and gray-box attacks - and highly-intricate tools - such as debuggers, decompilers, and disassemblers - can be combined to reveal the secrets of… More

Novel Hydrogen Embrittlement Detection System for Shipboard Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $449,956.00
Abstract:
Hydrogen assisted cracking of high strength materials is a technical and safety concern for the Navy and industry. There is a need for a simple monitoring system that can be used in the vicinity of critical high strength components to indicate the cumulative impact of conditions that can lead to… More

Adaptive Sensor Electronics With Integral Fiber Optic Communications Interface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dave Kingma, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to support the Next Generation Sensor Producibility initiative by developing adaptive (common) sensor electronics to accommodate a variety of focal plane arrays and by developing a common fiber optic communication subsystem that could be used between the sensor… More

Novel Resin System for Low-VOC, Chromate Free, Highly Flexible Aircraft Primer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,973.00
RI Contact: Valery Kettner
Abstract:
Primer systems on aircraft protect the integrity of the underlying aluminum alloy through a combination of corrosion prevention and corrosion mitigation. The primers must maintain excellent adhesion with the substrate to prevent the introduction of water and the subsequent formation of a corrosion… More

Flame Retardant Ballistic Materials for Missile Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $899,933.00
Abstract:
Missile defense systems are now required to conform to the insensitive munitions requirements of MIL STD 2105C. Meeting such requirements in the ballistic missile defense system will require a layered approach involving modified shipping containers and canisters, improvements in solid rocket motor… More

Technology for Trusted Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $387,976.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to protect DOD FPGA technology from malicious circuitry embedded in the FPGA device during manufacture. Most defense equipment contains some type of microelectronic device such as an application specific integrated circuit or a field programmable gate array. Due to the… More

Miniaturized Thermal Harvesting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: RTI INTERNATIONAL
Principal Investigator: Jerry Fleming, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,990.00
RI Contact: Wanda Boggs
Abstract:
The Air Force has an immediate need for powering remote wireless sensor networks (WSN) on aircraft platforms. These WSN systems are needed for monitoring engine emissions/conditions, evaluating structural integrity, and supplying remote sensing capabilities in support of ongoing battlefield… More

Distributed Project Safe-Cracker Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey M. Grant, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
As the use of strong encryption techniques becomes more prevalent, the methods used by law enforcement to recover encrypted information need to change in order to keep pace. The days of cracking a ZIP file password within an hour are quickly ending as many modern algorithms, like AES, can require… More

Real-Time Fiber Optic Neutron Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Dr
Award Amount: $749,898.00
Abstract:
Advanced nuclear reactor designs have been proposed for the efficient production of electricity and hydrogen, in order to meet future energy needs. These systems will require improved neutron sensors for adequate design and subcomponent evaluation, and for safe reactor operation. These new sensors… More

Co-Processor Secure Software Platform Link Security

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Poetter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
The art and science of software reverse engineering have matured to the point that their methods, tools, and philosophies are well defined and commonly known. Robust fault injection, debugger, disassembly, and de-compilation tools are available to assist efforts to reveal the details of software… More

SBIR Phase I: Alternative Products from Nanomanufacturing Wastes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Matthew R. Hull, MS
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project seeks to develop innovative new uses and recycling strategies for waste products generated during nanomanufacturing. Preliminary chemical analysis suggest that on a mass basis, waste products can comprise greater than 99% of some… More

Development of Kinase-specific Molecular Markers For Cell-Based Assays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Smith
Award Amount: $129,043.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): According to the Drug and Market Development Report (2003) 30% of research spending in drug development was focused on kinases. Kinase inhibitors are being sought as targeted therapeutics for diseases from cancer and in flammation to diabetes. Determining… More

Delipidated Adipose Grafts for Craniofacial Reconstruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick S. Cottler
Award Amount: $139,230.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many reconstructive craniofacial challenges are characterized by a lack of soft tissue 'fill' and/or symmetry. Specific examples include congenital malformations (e.g., hemifacial microsomia and Romberg's progressive fa cial hemiatrophy), traumatic defects (e.g.… More

SBIR Phase II: Immunological Tools for Trimetasphere Fullerenes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. VanTassell, MS
Award Amount: $499,955.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research develops antibodies and immunoassays for studying therapeutics based on carbon-based nanomaterials. This research will expand the immunological tools developed in Phase I to focus on detailed characterization of anti-fullerene… More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Pruzan Michael
Award Amount: $99,911.00

Distributed Sensing System for Health Monitoring of Deep Submergence Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Thomas Plaisted, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
Deep submergence vehicles must perform in demanding marine environments to safely and effectively carry out special operations. These vehicles are subjected to damaging hydrodynamic and wave impact loading that may weaken or fail the structure. Luna Innovations proposes a distributed health… More

Advanced Oil Filter Load Monitoring for Aircraft Engine Bearing Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Brown, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
Early indication of impending main engine bearing failure is critical, especially for single engine fighter aircraft such as the JSF. Bearing degradation leading to failure is characterized by increasing amounts of bearing race and rolling element spalling and wear debris entering the engine lube… More

Remote Site Detection of Chemical Agents Using Functionalized Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a of stand-off covert method of detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals using functionalized nanocrystals. Alterations of the near infrared spectra from the distributed nanoparticles under laser illumination will be analyzed… More

Un-cooled High-Temperature Hypersonic Force Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew E. Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The design of hypersonic vehicles is challenging when compared to other flight vehicles. This is largely due to the inadequacy of ground testing capabilities for reproducing the combined temperature and flow effects present during hypersonic flight. Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop… More

Mixed Semiformal and Formal Modeling of Hypervisor Source Code for Security Property Understanding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gall, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated will work as part of the Naval Research Laboratory's hypervisor agile development team to advance the state of open source hypervisors. Namely, we will design, develop, and integrate a blend of semiformal and formal open source modeling tools for the purpose of… More

Inhibited Electrically Conductive Adhesive for Rapid Aerospace Fastner Preparation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
Current practices for joining aluminum and composite airframe elements together involves a labor intensive process. Titanium fasteners are hand abraded or grit blasted, installed, coated with a chromated primer, and sealed with an electrically conductive sealer. The process requires both… More

Model Acute Compartment Syndrome Study

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $942,714.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In this Phase II SBIR Luna Innovations will perform human subject tests of the EN-TACT(tm) Patient Monitor to determine the sensitivity and specificity of diagnosis of compartment syndrome as compared to slit-catheter m easurements of intramuscular pressure… More

Self Healing Ultrahydrophobic Coatings for Corrosion Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
The total annual corrosion related costs in the US has been estimated at greater than $300 billion. Much of these costs are associated with scraping and repainting of metals such as steel structures in the NASA launch platform and related support equipment. Because of the staggering costs stemming… More

Light Weight Flame Resistant Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ulrike Becker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Improving war-fighter protection against fire has become a top priority since the emergence of improvised explosive devices. Garments with a high degree of fire resistance are necessary to protect soldiers. Luna Innovations is developing a new textile system having fire and heat resistance. The… More

Development of Wideband Conformal IED Jammer Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Christy Vestal, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,976.00
Abstract:
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have become a common part of the arsenal used by the enemy against US forces. Current military vehicles use a monopole or whip antenna to radiate jamming signals to mitigate these threats. These antennas have a high profile, which can extend from 2.5 ft to over… More

Co-Processor Secure Software Platform with Instruction-Set Emulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James Inge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,892.00
Abstract:
The art and science of software reverse engineering have matured to the point that their methods, tools, and philosophies are well defined and commonly known. Robust fault injection, debugger, disassembly, and de-compilation tools are available to assist efforts to reveal the details of software… More

Ge Quantum Dot Infrared Imaging Camera

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Roman Ostroumov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a high performance Ge quantum dots-based infrared (IR) imaging camera on Si substrate. The high sensitivity, large format imaging camera with a spectral response in the 1-4um region is extremely important for many NASA space and Earth programs.… More

Rapid Fluorescent Assays for Coliforms and BOD in Shipboard Wastewater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Katie Sucre, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,981.00
Abstract:
One challenge encountered during long-term travel aboard marine vessels in coastal waters is the treatment, storage, and discharge of wastewater. To minimize discharging harmful waste into the environment, all marine vessels with toilets must have a marine sanitation device (MSD) to process… More

Inhibitor Formulation and Automated Feed System for Catapult Water Brake

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
Corrosion caused by salt accumulation in aircraft carrier catapult water brake systems reduces readiness, increase maintenance costs and lead to shorten catapult operational life. Luna proposes to develop an environmentally friendly inhibitor package for use in the water brake tank. The inhibitor… More

Distributed Fiber Optic Twist Measurement in Shape Sensing Tethers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: VIRGINIA TECH
Principal Investigator: Sandra Klute, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Scott Case
Abstract:
Existing methods to provide cable orientation and array element localization in the Navy's fixed and towed array systems and tethered unmanned vehicles rely on devices embedded in the cable itself, such as hydrophones, magnetic heading and orientation sensors, and accelerometers. These traditional… More

NDE based accumulated life assessment of turbine disks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Joseph Heyman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,966.00
RI Contact: David Richardson
Abstract:
The proposed concept to be developed under this Phase II STTR is a novel ultrasonic measurement technique which will be used to determine the remaining life of turbine disks. The result of this program will be a field inspection instrument that will determine the fatigue state of a component under… More

New Technology for Improved Nuclear Energy Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Idaho National Lab
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Mr
Award Amount: $99,973.00
RI Contact: Lisa Sehlke
Abstract:
Generation-IV nuclear energy systems, especially the very high temperature reactors are planned to operate at temperatures above 1000 degrees C and with neutron fluence up to cm. Accurate temperature measurements will be needed to identify hot spots, control thermal cycles, and perform temperature… More

Carbon Nanosheet-Based Ultra-Capacitors for Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Holloway, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,935.00
Abstract:
Using its novel carbon nanosheet technology, Luna Innovations will develop an ultra-capacitor with with >50 Wh/kg, and 0.2 nm pores, and decrease the complexity and processing steps needed to create the electrodes thereby increasing the energy storage density, response time, and overall performance… More

Slow Cook-Off Insensitive Munitions Solutions for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
Missile defense systems are now required to conform to the insensitive munitions requirements of MIL STD 2105C. Meeting such requirements in the ballistic missile defense system will require a layered approach involving modified shipping containers and canisters, improvements in solid rocket motor… More

Ultrasonic measure of the formation of bubbles in tissue for decompression sickness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA
Principal Investigator: Paul Panetta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,969.00
RI Contact: Bruce Spiess
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to provide a novel ultrasonic measurement of the onset of bubble formation in tissue to help counteract decompression sickness. This capability will revolutionize our understanding of DCS, ultimately leading to improved methods for counteracting the effects of DCS in… More

Air Coupled Ultrasonic Guided Waves for Non-Contact Cure Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Pedrick, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,983.00
Abstract:
A diagnostic tool for evaluating relative cure state in adhesives, coatings, and sealant systems would help increase production efficiency by avoiding unnecessary delays between applications while ensuring proper performance based on complete cure of the material system. Luna's approach leverages… More

Smart Gasket for Catapult Low Loss Launch Valve (LLLV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nathan Brown, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,979.00
Abstract:
Availability and operation of all four steam catapults is vital to carrier flight operations. The valve directing steam to the catapult cylinders employs gaskets that fail unexpectedly due to degradation of filler preload. The gasket condition affects launch valve performance and eventually… More

Polyurea Development and Modeling for Advanced Blast and Impact Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,948.00
RI Contact: Donald Grosch
Abstract:
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) represents the next generation of armored and tracked troop carriers designed to operate over harsh terrain and in extreme environments. The protection of troop personnel on board the EFV is of paramount importance and recent developments in… More

Diagnostic Ultrasound for Structural Health in Solid Rocket Motor Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark McKenna, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The degradation of solid rocket motor components due to aging has a significant negative impact on mission success for both aerospace and military applications. Luna, in teaming with Aerojet, will assemble a specifications database including appropriate ranges of material properties and geometries… More

Camouflaged liposome construct for efficient drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Krista Niece, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
A major obstacle to non-invasive treatment of brain injury and disease is the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which prevents many intravenously injected therapeutics from being taken into the brain. In this program, Luna Innovations and Virginia Tech propose to develop a novel liposome-based delivery… More

Robust Cross Domain Solution for Hypervisor Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gall, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations research engineers will work as a part of the Navy Research Laboratory hypervisor agile development team to develop a system that applies artificial intelligence (AI) along with static checking to provide assured sanitization in a Cross-Domain Solution (CDS). The proposed design… More

Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Chemical Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Pratik Shah, Mr
Award Amount: $99,927.00
RI Contact: Foster Agblevov
Abstract:
The global rise of oil prices in the past few years has resulted in parallel increases in the costs of practically every chemical and petroleum derived material: fuels, fine chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. New non-traditional and renewable feedstocks for these chemical processes need to… More

Solid Freeform Fabrication of Anti-Tamper Containers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dan Gall, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Defense Department entities with a mission need to transport critical technology material have a number of tamper indicating solutions, but few tamper protection solutions available to them. Those few protection solutions are not cost effective, nor are they as versatile as one might desire. The… More

Damage Indicating Paints for Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,940.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is developing damage indicator paints for polymer matrix composites (PMCs) used as structural components in military and commercial aircraft. The complex structure of composites makes detection of cracks, flaws, and weak points within a structural component challenging. Composite… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel Acceptor Materials for Organic Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Martin Drees, DPhil
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project aims to develop novel acceptor materials for organic solar cells in an effort to improve organic solar cell efficiencies. These molecules are based on a metal nitride surrounded by a carbon cage which allows tuning of the molecular orbitals to… More

Development of RSK Inhibitors as Novel Therapeutics for Yersinia pestis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Smith
Award Amount: $2,092,697.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of the plague, has been weaponized as an agent of biowarfare. The deliberate release of weaponized Y. pestis would likely occur via aerosol dissemination resulting in an outbreak of the highly lethal and contagious pneumonic… More

Dynamic Hardware Development Methodology for FPGAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Craven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,842.00
Abstract:
Configurable computing devices, such as Field Programmable Gates Arrays (FPGAs), permit arbitrary reprogramming of the devices' hardware structure after manufacture. This programmability greatly decreases development costs and time-to-market compared to Application-Specific Integrated Circuits… More

Biosensor Assay for Avian Influenza Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
As a counter-measure to bioterrorism, the objective of this project is to provide soldiers with early detection and identification of pathogenic viruses that can cross the species barrier. Luna Innovations Incorporated develops, tests, and optimizes an assay for marking any strains of human… More

Nanocomposite Inhibitors for Corrosion Resistant Conductive Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,960.00
Abstract:
Conductive coatings, putties and adhesives are used on composite aircraft structures to control electrostatic discharge and provide lightening strike protection. Contact of these metal or carbon filled coatings with alloy components creates the potential for significant corrosion. These corrosion… More

Advanced Technologies to Improve Fire Resistant Fuels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $727,616.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes a novel flame resistant fuel formulation that will meet the Army's need for self extinguishing JP-8 and diesel fuels. Recent research in water-in-fuel emulsions has demonstrated great advances to reduce flammability of fuels through its self extinguishing property. … More

High-Temperature Turbine Monitoring and Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew E. Palmer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated will work with our existing gas turbine engine OEM partners to develop durable, high-temperature fiber-optic temperature and pressure sensors and readout system for turbine and combustor health monitoring in military turbine engines. Luna has already demonstrated… More

Appliques for the Assessment of Damage on Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonas Gunter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,916.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop impact and thermal damage indicator appliques for polymer matrix composites (PMCs) used in aircraft and support structures. This smart applique system will produce a visual signal in response to an impact or thermal event capable of damaging the underlying composite.… More

Nanocomposite for Electrically Conductive Structural Adhesives and Bolt Hole Fillers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,961.00
Abstract:
Existing electrically-conductive structural adhesives utilize large amounts of silver particles to achieve their desired electrical properties. There unfortunately exists a limit as to how much an adhesive's electrical properties can be enhanced using this approach due to mechanical property… More

Low-Drift Ultra-High Temperature Thermal Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Mr
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
In planned Gen-IV nuclear reactor designs, accurate temperature measurements are needed to identify hot spots (especially in the fuel cladding), control thermal cycles, and perform temperature compensation of other sensors. At temperatures beyond 1000°C, temperature spikes may occur, which could… More

WINGST--Web-Interfaced Nanotechnology ESH Guidance System for Force Health Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marc Hirsch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $748,431.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes the completion of the development of a novel Web-Interfaced Nanotechnology Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) Guidance System-WINGS that will provide Air Force personnel with access to tools for managing emerging ESH risks and for exchanging vital information throughout… More

Open Architecture Fiber Optic Engine Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $748,944.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated is developing a universal, flight hardenable, miniaturizable fiber optic sensor system for the measurement of multiple physical parameters of interest. The purpose of this system is to provide an open architecture that will universally accept fiber optic sensors… More

Hydrophobic Non-fouling Periscope Head Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,954.00
Abstract:
Maintaining clarity on periscope head windows is critical to provide a high level of visibility for optimal vessel operation. Currently used polysiloxane based coatings that provide watershedding on periscope optical systems have poor mechanical properties, and must be frequently reapplied to… More

High-resolution ultrasonic imaging of dose distribution in clinical gel dosimeter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,469.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Title: High-resolution ultrasonic imaging of dose distribution in clinical gel dosimeters Short title: Ultrasonic imaging of dose distribution Project summary Luna Innovations in partnership with Carilion Health System proposes to develop and test a… More

Development of Glioblastoma-Targeting Endofullerenes for Imaging Brain Tumors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $299,191.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Malignant gliomas, including astrocytic, oligodendrological, or ependymal, account for approximately 70% all brain cancers. The most common form, glioblastoma multiform, remains the deadliest form of glioma. Image-guide d interventions link imaging of tumors to… More

PV (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film) Manufacturing Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Dr
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
Photovoltaic (PV) technology is predicted to have a very substantial impact on the nation¿s wealth and economy in the 21st century. For very-large-scale PV cells, the high standards for production demand a reduction in labor costs and in-line automated methods to monitor and diagnose the… More

Carbon Nanosheets as Nanostructured Electrode in Organic Photovoltaic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Martin Drees, Mr
Award Amount: $749,935.00
Abstract:
Photovoltaics, the direct conversion of sunlight into electric energy, is a promising clean-tech approach to energy production. Organic solar cells show particular promise because they have the potential for light-weight flexible devices with low material and production costs. Yet, despite… More

Abrasion Resistant Hydrophobic Coatings for Corrosion Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,901.00
Abstract:
The total defense related corrosion costs are estimated at $20 billion of the total annual U.S. cost estimates of greater than $300 billion. Much of the costs are associated with the maintenance of metal materials; 20% of the estimated corrosion-related costs involve scraping and repainting steel… More

Nondestructive Characterization of Void Swelling in Reactor Structural Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Panetta, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recently required that a void swelling surveillance program be in place for austenitic core internals, prior to their unconditional authorization of lifetime extension of current light water reactors. Void swelling was the life-limiting damage mechanism in fast… More

Evidence Preserving Hard Disk Unlocking System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gall
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will design and develop a hard disk unlocking system that is easily usable by forensic technicians while preserving evidentiary integrity. Our solution will be robust even against anticipated future drive features and drives modified by criminals to have certain anti-tamper… More

Enzyme Based Biological Fuel Cell for Energy Storage and Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will determine the feasibility of developing a light weight enzymatic fuel cell that is capable of powering MAVs in the field at 10-10,000 mWatts. The proposed enzymatic fuel cell will provide significant improvements in power generation, stability, and life time over current… More

Wide Temperature, High Energy Density Capacitors for Power System Conditioning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Robert Klein, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Advanced electronics and weapons systems in current and future US military systems are placing ever increasing demands on the electric power systems that drive these electronics. These power systems require operation at higher power loads, in more compact designs, and at a reduced weight. Improved… More

Portable Ultrasound for Battlefield Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Ted Lynch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR Luna will team with UCSD to investigate whether the enhanced capabilities of Luna's EN-TACTT will result in improved correlation between an ultrasound-derived pressure factor (such as the normalized HDR or HDC) and catheter-based measurements of intracranial ICP. As part of… More

Solid Freeform Fabrication of Anti-Tamper Containers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gall, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Defense Department entities with a mission need to transport critical technology material have a number of tamper indicating solutions, but few tamper protection solutions available to them. Those few protection solutions are not cost effective, nor are

Secure Software Platform for Tamper Detection and Response

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Bucciero, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,986.00
Abstract:
Software reverse engineering has become a science of well-defined methods, tools, and philosophies. Known approaches - white-box, black-box, and gray-box attacks - and highly-intricate tools - debuggers, decompilers, and disassemblers - can be combined to reveal the secrets of software intellectual… More

Space-based Carbon Nanotube Ultracapacitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carey Tanner, Vice President Engineerin
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop novel carbon nanosheet technology for space-based ultracapacitors. Our proven nanosheet manufacturing process will be optimized to enable capacitance >20,000 Farads at 3.3 V, a power density >8000 W/kg, a 20-year lifetime, an expanded -40 to +80oC temperature range, and… More

Self Healing Ultrahydrophobic Coatings for Corrosion Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,914.00
Abstract:
The total annual corrosion related costs in the US has been estimated at greater than $300 billion. Much of these costs are associated with scraping and repainting of metals such as steel structures in the NASA launch platform and related support equipment. Because of the staggering costs stemming… More

Miniaturized Thermal Harvesting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Research Triangle Institute
Principal Investigator: Jerry Fleming, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: Carolyn S. Parker
Abstract:
The Air Force has an immediate need for powering remote wireless sensor networks (WSN) on aircraft platforms. These WSN systems are needed for monitoring engine emissions/conditions, evaluating structural integrity, and supplying remote sensing capabilities in support of ongoing battlefield… More

Photonic NerveBond System for Enhanced Nerve Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Patrick Cottler, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $575,000.00
RI Contact: Kris A. Betres
Abstract:
Military trauma can result in peripheral nerve injury, including nerve laceration, requiring surgical reattachment. Surgical repair involves excising the damaged section of the nerve, leaving a gap that must be bridged to recover nerve function. Standard of care for segmental nerve injury is to fill… More

Novel Resin System for Low-VOC, Chromate Free, Highly Flexible Aircraft Primer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: North Dakota State University
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,938.00
RI Contact: Valrey Kettner
Abstract:
To meet the need for a high performance flexible primer that is low-VOC, chromate free, and compatible with existing coating systems, Luna Innovations is developing a new class of flexible coating binder, based on novel resin technology. Through a strong fundamental understanding of polymer… More

Low Draft Temperature Sensor Gen-IV Simulation Test Planning and Hardware Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Mr
Award Amount: $749,740.00
RI Contact: David Moncton
Abstract:
No method exists for testing fiber optic sensors to Gen-IV reactor relevant environments, especially the very high temperature reactors (VHTR). Luna is currently funded to develop drift-free fiber optic sensors for measurement of temperature in Gen-IV reactors, especially the next generation… More

Biofuels Production From Nonedible Bio-oils

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
RI Contact: Roger Ruan
Abstract:
Various efforts to develop biofuels from renewable biomass have been explored. Biofuels made through transesterification processes have the following drawbacks: (1) high freezing point (2) poor cold flow properties (3) poor thermal oxidation stability. Fischer Tropsch chemistry for biomass… More

Self-Assembled Polarizing Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Hans Robinson
Abstract:
Detection and recognition of targets on a scene is the main utility of remote sensing in defense applications. Polarimetric imaging offers significant advantages for remote sensing. Utilization of polarization imaging was hampered by luck of speed, excessive volume, and expensiveness of common… More

Versatile Fiber Optic 6-Component Force Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The mission of NASA's ATP is to maintain and advance the testing capabilities of the United States' extensive infrastructure of aerospace research facilities. One key component to these ground based test facilities are the force balances used to measure aerodynamic loads on models undergoing… More

All-Fiber-Optic Ultrasonic Health Management System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Health management of composite airframe components is essential for safety and reliability of future aircrafts. It reduces the risk of catastrophic failures and reduces operating costs. Luna Innovations proposes to develop a revolutionary airframe health management system on the basis of an… More

Design Methodologies and to Combat Radiation Induced Corruption in FPGAs and SoCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Lee W. Lerner, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Traditional radiation hardened by process (RHBP) and radiation hardened by design (RHBD) techniques have seen success in mitigating the effects of radiation induced corruption, but are often cumbersome, slow and expensive. Current RHBP hardening techniques include foundry processing methods which… More

Smart Sensor Hub for Corrosion Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Director of Intelligent S
Award Amount: $749,951.00
Abstract:
Luna is developing a smart sensor hub for aircraft corrosion monitoring. The sensor hub is part of a complete corrosion monitoring system for detecting early stages of corrosion and estimating corrosive severity. The smart sensor hub performs wireless network communications, transducer… More

Anti-coking additive for ester-based aerospace gas turbine engine oils

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes a novel anti-coking additive system for ester-based gas turbine engine oil. The additive package is synthesized and formulated to achieve the objective of a 50% reduction in both liquid and gas phase coking compared to the current MIL-PRF-23699 oils as measured by standard… More

Remote Site Detection of Chemical Agents Using Functionalized Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a of stand-off covert method of detecting and identifying biological and chemical warfare agents using functionalized nanoparticles. Alterations of the near infrared spectra from nanoparticle-based probe surfaces under invisible laser illumination… More

Dielectric Reflector Particles for Laser Protection Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonas Gunter, PI/Sr. Materials Enginee
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force faces an emerging threat from high energy laser systems designed to intercept air munitions prior to impact on the intended targets. A cost effective approach would require that all existing weapons systems be upgraded with a coating that provides some degree of laser protection.… More

Smart Environmental Corrosivity Sensor Suite for Aircraft Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Director of Intelligent S
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
Corrosion of aircraft is the single largest maintenance cost driver for the Navy and Marine Corps. In order to maximize aircraft availability, and minimize inspection and maintenance demands, Luna is developing a miniature, light weight sensor suite that will measure corrosive severity of aircraft… More

Superlens for 193nm Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
The team led by Luna Innovations proposes to continue the development of the superlens lithography that will achieve 25nm resolution at a 193nm wavelength for high resolution photolithography used in IC production in military and commercial applications. The unique design of the proposed superlens… More

Durable Anti-fog Coatings for Respiratory Protection Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,975.00
Abstract:
Maintaining a high level of visibility in ballistic visors and respiratory protection systems is very difficult under inclement operational conditions. In particular, the transparent lenses will fog up with high humidity in the environment or breathing. There have been significant efforts in the… More

Advanced Technologies for Discrete-Parts Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investagator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Wet installation of fasteners offers proven corrosion protection and fuel sealing in aircraft structures, but it''''s a labor-intensive, messy, hazmat-laden process whose quality can vary significantly from fastener to fastener. Under a Navy SBIR Phase II, SMRC has developed a proprietary process… More

RFID Based Composite Smart Patches Using Direct Print Strain Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,947.00
Abstract:
Composite patch repair systems have become increasingly relevant to modern military and commercial aviation for repairs of structural damage to aircraft surfaces and structures. A technique is needed to monitor the structural health of these composite patches to ensure structural integrity and… More

Biodegradable Chitosan Gel Intracavitary Hemostatic Agent

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,976.00
Abstract:
Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death from battlefield trauma. Approximately 80% of hemorrhagic deaths on the battlefield are due to intracavitary hemorrhage that is not accessible to direct pressure. Noncompressible hemorrhage is also a primary cause of death in civilian trauma. … More

An Extended Duration Arbitrary Waveform Generation with Large Time Bandwidth Product

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Balakishore Yellampalle, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,995.00
Abstract:
Arbitrary waveforms are important for advanced coherent communication systems envisioned for several potential military uses. Such systems require waveforms from high frequency bandwidth sources, where the amplitude and phase of each of the frequency components are independently controllable.… More

Cryogenic distributed temperature monitoring (Cryo-DSS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
To insure safe operation of new cryogenic superconducting degaussing cables , used to cloak the magnetic signatures naval vessels, distributed temperature measurements are needed every 1 m over 200 m lengths from 25K to 300K. Present electronic temperature sensors conduct heat into the cables, which… More

A Compact Femtosecond Pulse Expander with Tunable Expanding Ratio and Wavelength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Guoqing Shen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,997.00
Abstract:
A major problem of existing pulse expanders is that each of them was designed for a certain expanding ratio at a certain wavelength. When the laser wavelength or pulse duration is changed the optical components of the systems require precise readjustment, which are extremely inconvenient and time… More

Fullerene Nanomedicine to Enhance Neuronal Adenosine Triphosphate Production Capacity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Cognitive performances are significantly reduced for older soldiers, due to the reduced production of the primary energy molecule of the body - adenosine triphosphate. The aging-dependent mitochondrial insufficiency is thought to play a dominating role. The development of a therapeutic drug which… More

Novel Materials and Designs for Low Cost, High Per

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Christy Vestal, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,934.00
Abstract:
The use of conformal and embedded antennas can significantly reduce the visibility of communications antennas and improve aerodynamic performance for a number of ground and airborne platforms including Humvees, Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). … More

Wireless Smart Sensor Network for Vehicle Diagnostics and Prognostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Director of Intelligent S
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
Maintenance activities cost DoD $81 billion a year and maintainers have only limited diagnostic capabilities for weapons systems life cycle management. Advances in sensors, embedded systems, and network information systems, make it possible to achieve unprecedented diagnostics. Luna will leverage… More

High Temperature Propellant Stabilization Kinetics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Beck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,990.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will perform high temperature (200oF) thermal testing on nitrate ester mixtures and determine the stabilizer depletion reaction rate kinetics, as well as compare the rate kinetics of different stabilizer compounds. Novel polymer and oligomeric stabilizer compounds will have their… More

High Resolution Corrosion Mapping via In-Situ White Light Interferometry for Complex Geometries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Laura McGrath, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
Corrosion damage costs the Navy time and money by requiring critical components to be monitored for fatigue on a scheduled basis rather than by need. When quantitative analysis of corrosion data is obtained, lifetime models and corresponding depot level re-work can be planned appropriately while… More

Low Voltage Anode Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Dante, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Zinc and aluminum based anodes are typically used for cathodic protection of Navy vessels as a secondary protection system in the event of paint failure. These anode materials have electrochemical potentials in the range of < -1000mV (SCE). However, potential for hydrogen embrittlement of high… More

Thermally Reversible Adhesives for Slow Cook Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $999,960.00
Abstract:
Missile defense systems are now required to conform to the insensitive munitions requirements of MIL STD 2105C. Meeting such requirements in the ballistic missile defense system will require a layered approach involving modified shipping containers and canisters, improvements in solid rocket motor… More

Quantitative Propellant Diagnostics with Ultrasonic Guided Waves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Pedrick, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
Given their polymeric and viscoelastic nature, solid propellants are subject to various aging effects that may lead to failure of the asset. Many of these aging effects relate back to degradation or variation in material properties/behavior over time. Luna proposes to address this issue with an… More

Thin Film Coatings for Antimicrobial Textiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,920.00
Abstract:
Current clothing worn by soldiers offers little to no protection from biological agents. Biological agents may remain active on the textile surface or even pass through the textile. Luna Innovations, with partners Shawmut Corporation and Triton Systems Incorporated, are developing biocidal… More

Boron Doped Diamond Electrodes for an Electrochemical Oxidation Treatment to Disinfect Potable Water Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Dante, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,971.00
Abstract:
Electrochemical oxidation technologies are frequently used by military forces to create disinfectant solutions for individual use water treatment. However, current technologies suffer from degradation of system components because of the added salt required for the oxidation processes. Further, over… More

Dielectric Nanocomposite Films with Increased Energy Storage for Pulsed Power Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christy Vestal, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
With the increasing requirements for compact, lightweight, high power storage systems, the development of new high energy density dielectric materials is important. Dielectric nanocomposites are hybrid systems that offer the potential to meet the next energy storage requirements by combining the… More

Hand-Carried Ultrasonic Coagulation Function Profiler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Panetta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
Recent statistics suggest that up to one-third of military trauma victims have a blood coagulation defect that prevents traditional hemorrhage control measures from working. Unfortunately, clinical evidence of coagulopathy can be difficult to observe, while standard laboratory tests for coagulation… More

Quick Release Appliqu, Films

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Appliqu, films are much more attractive than conventional conformal coatings for current and future aerospace applications. Not only can the appliqu, function as a zero VOC top coat, but additional functionality can be built into the appliqu,, such as embedded sensors and electronics. A major… More

Superoleophobic Coatings for Easy Cleaning Textiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,946.00
Abstract:
Luna is addressing the Army need to develop self cleaning uniforms through the use of extremely low surface energy nanostructured coating of textiles. This novel coated textile has significant advantages over conventional textiles. The inherent resistance of these materials to soiling with dirt,… More

Aluminum Alloy Conditioning to Improve the Corrosion Resistance of Torpedo Fuel Tanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Arlen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
A large portion of the maintenance costs of exercised torpedoes are attributable to the condition based maintenance of torpedo fuel tanks. In addition to consuming limited financial and manpower resources, corrosion impacts mission capability and asset readiness by reducing operational availability… More

Highly Efficient Organic Solar Cells Using Low Band Gap Polymers and Novel Acceptor Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Martin Drees, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
Photovoltaics is a promising clean tech approach to energy production. Organic solar cells show particular promise because they have the potential for light-weight, flexible devices with potentially low material and production costs. However, current donor materials used in organic solar cells do… More

Harsh Environment Sensor Packaging (Sensor Pack)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Palmer, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
While a variety of advanced fiber optic sensors have been developed, many of these are not packaged for use in the harsh environments associated with power generation equipment. What is needed is universal sensor packaging that is compatible with a variety of sensor types and power generation… More

Ultrasonic In-Situ Characterization of Tank Waste

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Panetta, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
The estimated cost for the retrieval, treatment, and disposal of underground and above-ground waste at DOE facilities exceeds $50 billion. At the high waste concentrations in storage tanks at these facilities, current waste characterization technologies are not effective; consequently, a… More

Asymmetric Electrochemical Capacitors for Hybrid Vehicle Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Carey Tanner, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
Energy storage technology, including batteries and electrochemical capacitors, is one of the critical technical barriers to the development of cost-effective hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). HEVs and PHEVs require high energy storage density and high… More

Fiber Optic Reflector Health Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Currently, evaluations of the structural components in a nuclear reactor require scheduled interruptions in the reactor¿s operations for off-line inspection and possible replacement of damaged components. At present, no method exists for in-line evaluation because available structural monitoring… More

Advanced Oil Filter Load Monitoring for Aircraft Engine Bearing Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Brown, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $736,018.00
Abstract:
Early indication of impending main engine bearing failure is critical, especially for single engine fighter aircraft such as the F16. Bearing degradation leading to failure is characterized by increasing amounts of bearing spall debris entering the engine lubricant flow. Magnetic chip collectors… More

Sutureless Resorbable Anti-Adhesion Films

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Danilich
Award Amount: $866,925.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Postoperative adhesions are an expected outcome with nearly every abdominal operation. Complications caused by adhesions include small bowel obstruction, female infertility, chronic debilitating pain, and difficulty in future operations. It has been estimated… More

Plasmonic Logic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Jeanne De Pass
Abstract:
Digital electronics is approaching its limits in meeting the demand for increased processing speeds. Photonics, while promising high processing speed, is lacking integration capacity. Plasmonics promises to combine the information capacity of photonics with the integration density of electronics.… More

Evidence Preserving Hard Disk Unlocking System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gall
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will design and develop a hard disk unlocking system that is easily usable by forensic technicians while preserving evidentiary integrity. Our solution will be robust even against anticipated future drive features and drives modified by criminals to have certain anti-tamper… More

Hybrid Carbon-Metal Nanowires Mediating Direct Electron Transfer from Redox Enzyme to Electrode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: New York University
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
RI Contact: Kari Hodges
Abstract:
The electron transferring unit of enzymes - apoenzyme and cofactor are deeply buried inside its protein structure, therefore efficient electronic communication between the electrode and the biocatalytic enzyme is inefficient. The development of a reproducible approach that allows efficient… More

High Speed Carbon Nanosheet Supercapacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Principal Investigator: Omar Torrens, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
RI Contact: Carol Schwendeman
Abstract:
Using its novel carbon nanosheet technology, Luna Innovations will develop a Supercapacitor with the highest energy densities available in the microsecond to millisecond response times. Nanosheets are vertically aligned graphene sheets that can be grown on a wide variety of substrates without… More

Instrumentation for hypersonic, air-breathing engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: CUBRC, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,984.00
RI Contact: Eric C. Marineau
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated and CURBC (Calspan - University of Buffalo Research Center) are proposing to develop miniature, high-speed, high-temperature, fiber-optic pressure sensors that will fill the void that currently exists between ground and flight test instrumentation. The sensors small… More

Delipidated Adipose Grafts for Craniofacial Reconstruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick S. Cottler
Award Amount: $1,114,064.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many craniofacial surgical procedures involve both functional and aesthetic reconstruction for successful completion. The need for soft tissue fill for additional functionality and contouring is an aspect that can have lower priority during reconstructive… More

High-Speed Neutron and Gamma Flux Sensor for Monitoring Surface Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Clark Boyd, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
NASA needs compact nuclear reactors to power future bases on the moon and Mars. These reactors require robust automatic control systems using low mass, rapid response, in-core reactor power monitoring sensors and radiation tolerant sensor interrogation systems that do not yet exist. Luna proposes… More

MULTIFUNCTIONAL NANODEVICE FOR TARGETED CANCER MR IMAGING AND

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $199,952.00
Abstract:
Multifunctional theranostic nanodevices carrying therapeutic payloads, diagnostic agents, and targeted and controlled drug release functions can simultaneously and effectively diagnose and treat cancers. The  targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics to tumors can significantly increase the… More

High Char Yield Multifunctional Textile Finishes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small
Award Amount: $89,991.00
Abstract:
A need exists for advances in non toxic treatments for cover and barrier fabrics. Since polybrominated materials have been banned in many European countries and the production of a number of brominated additives terminated in the U.S. as well, future technologies must focus on non-halogenated… More

Rapid Manufacturing of Composite Hardware with Additive Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Metrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,996.00
Abstract:
Composite materials, with their high strength to weight ratios, manipulative properties, and corrosion resistance are now widely utilized throughout the military. High performance composites are required for air, sea, and land platforms. One of the drawbacks of these composite systems is the… More

Stratified Craniofacial Tissue Engineering Construct

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
While maxillofacial, head and neck structures compose approximately 12% of total body surface area, traditionally approximately 16% of battlefield injuries have involved the head and neck, with even higher percentages in the most recent conflicts. The head and neck have very complex anatomy. … More

Distributed Fiber Optic Twist Measurement in Shape Sensing Tethers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Sandra Klute, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-6725
Award Amount: $734,980.00
RI Contact: Linda Bucy
Abstract:
Existing methods to provide cable orientation and array element localization in the Navy"s fixed and towed array systems and tethered unmanned vehicles rely on devices embedded in the cable itself, such as hydrophones, magnetic heading and orientation sensors, and accelerometers. These… More

Functional Porous Sol-Gel Silica for Highly Efficient CO2 Scrubber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Jonas Gunter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Current and future military force is moving to be lighter, faster, and stealthier in order to maintain an operational advantage. For example, a lightweight and small volume underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) is required to supply combat divers with continuous breathing gas in the water A… More

Communication Strategies and Messaging to Improve Dietary Behavior when Eating Away

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Esther P. Hill
Award Amount: $93,449.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project will focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of messaging designed to increase the availability and selection of healthier restaurant dining choices and positively impact public health. During Phase I, communication specialists will… More

Space Microelectronics Security Verification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin Urish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The necessity of Trust has been pressed upon the United States Department of Defense as a consequence of the globalization of microelectronics development and manufacturing. Many of the microelectronic devices used in DOD systems and much of the software used in the design of such systems are… More

Robust, Rapid Cure Structural Film Adhesive for On-Aircraft Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Beck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
On-aircraft repair of systems with sensitive equipment require adhesives that possess mild curing conditions/temperatures and that rapidly achieve a lap shear strength of 2500 psi or greater as these materials will have to bear considerable loads. It is necessary to develop an adhesive that cures at… More

High Performance, High Reliability Weapons Bus Switch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mike Usberghi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This proposal seeks to determine the best approach for the design of a high performance, high reliability Fibre Channel switch for use in weapons systems. Most military avionics systems use a standard called MIL-STD-1760E for transferring data between smart stores and weapon payloads/munitions. … More

Zinc Hybrid, Energy Dense, Biological Fuel Cell

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will determine the feasibility of developing a light weight energy dense Zn-hybrid biological fuel cell that is capable of powering small unmanned systems (UAS's) and small UAS's in the field. The proposed Zn-hybrid biological fuel cell will provide significant improvements in… More

Cure On Demand Conductive Sealant for Rapid OML Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The use of sealants in aircraft assembly and repair is extensive. Sealants are used to wet install fasteners, for sealing overlapping surfaces, for butt joints between panels, and for seam sealing. Aerospace sealants are typically two component polysulfide or polythioether compositions that can… More

Fluids for Dielectric Switch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes novel additives, base stocks and lubricant formulations to reduce jitter of dielectric fluids in high repetition rate dielectric switch application. Dielectric fluids will be synthesized or modified to reduce the gassing tendency. Alkylated naphthalenes,… More

Autonomous Distributed Plant Monitoring Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mateja Putic, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The increased availability of miniature low-cost embedded sensing and processing elements and standardized communications protocols has made distributed monitoring within industrial plants more accessible and more useful. Similarly, dynamic health monitoring and predictive system behavior models… More

Versatile Fiber Optic 6-Component Force Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,995.00
Abstract:
The mission of NASA's ATP is to maintain and advance the testing capabilities of the United States' extensive infrastructure of aerospace research facilities. One key component to these ground based test facilities are the force balances used to measure aerodynamic loads on models undergoing… More

Novel Propellant Formulations Containing Nano-particulates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Beck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Formulating new propellants that have higher burning rates, insensitive munition properties, and enhanced physical characteristics requires novel materials (oxidizers, fuels, or binders) and new methodologies such as nano-technology. The unique properties of nano-particulates, such as high surface… More

Space-based Carbon Nanotube Ultracapacitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Omar Torrens, Principal Investigator – (434) 483-4245
Award Amount: $749,995.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will develop novel carbon nanosheet technology for space-based ultracapacitors. Our proven nanosheet manufacturing process will be optimized for high power densities, long cycle and shelf lifetimes, a wide temperature range, and high radiation tolerance for satellite applications. … More

Biodegradable Chitosan Gel Intracavitary Hemostatic Agent

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0159
Award Amount: $729,996.00
Abstract:
Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death from battlefield trauma. Approximately 80% of hemorrhagic deaths on the battlefield are due to intracavitary hemorrhage that is not accessible to direct pressure. Noncompressible hemorrhage is also a primary cause of death in civilian trauma. Unfortunately,… More

Aircraft Tire Contact Patch Force and Shear Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Sanborn, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Aircraft tires experience extreme forces during landing. Since a failure can result in loss of personnel and equipment, the health of aircraft tires is carefully monitored. Currently inspection is done by various methods of manual inspection. This is labor intensive and can only detect certain types… More

Superoleophobic Coatings for Easy Cleaning Textiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $364,999.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated is addressing the Army need to develop self cleaning uniforms through the use of extremely low surface energy nanostructured textile coatings. The novel coated textile has significant advantages over conventional textiles. The inherent resistance of these materials to… More

Advanced Electrically Conductive Thermal Control Coating for Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The space environment poses two significant challenges to spacecraft that have been historically mitigated by coating systems: electrostatic discharge (ESD) and thermal threats. The ESD spacecraft threat is a result of high radiation flux from both solar storms and potential nuclear threats that can… More

Encapsulated Cell Microfluidic Sensor for Water Toxin Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Blaine Butler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will determine the feasibility of developing an encapsulated cell based microfluidic sensor device that has an extended cell viability lifetime, requires no external power for cell maintenance, and is capable of detecting a wide array of water contaminants, toxic industrial… More

Novel Materials and Designs for Low Cost, High Performance Printable UHF/VHF Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jiebin Pang, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2512
Award Amount: $729,991.00
Abstract:
The use of conformal and embedded antennas can significantly reduce the visibility of communications antennas and improve aerodynamic performance for a number of ground and airborne platforms including Humvees, Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). … More

Novel Composite Pressure Vessel Structures With High Heat Transfer and Fire Resistance Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Peairs, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
The conversion of metal components on high performance vehicles to polymer reinforced composites allows significant weight savings over metal structures. Current battery bottles for deep submersible vehicles have been designed from titanium, which is expensive to produce and has low (relative to… More

Distributed Sensor Network for Structural Health Monitoring of Ships

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sandra Klute, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Our nation's security requires that we maintain our position as the preeminent Naval force in the world. Hull fatigue is one of the key factors that reduce the lifetime of a ship. Hull inspection and maintenance increases the operation cost. Technology that reduces wear and tear on ship hulls,… More

Distributed Sensing System for Health Monitoring of Deep Submergence Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Daniel Peairs, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,446,554.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of Phase II is the design, production and testing of hybrid composite pressure vessels with embedded optical fiber monitoring to replace steel flasks. The hybrid flasks represent significant weight and acquisition cost savings that will improve ASDS mission capability and… More

Cryogenic distributed temperature monitoring (Cryo-DSS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Flanagan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Phase II SBIR research project is to demonstrate multiplexed, high speed, accurate distributed cryogenic temperature measurements made through cryogenic quick disconnects. In order to achieve this, several fiber variations will be tested to determine optimal sensitivity at… More

Durable Rain Repellent Coatings for Aircraft Transparencies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Maintaining a high level of visibility in aircraft transparencies and other optical equipment is very difficult under inclement operational conditions. There have been significant efforts in the development of hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings that will shed water quickly off of surfaces.… More

Development of Enhanced Conformal Jammer Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Christy Vestal, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
Current military vehicles use a monopole or whip antenna to radiate jamming signals to mitigate improvised explosive device (IED) threats. These antennas have a high profile, are easily visible and prone to being damaged or destroyed while on patrol. To overcome these challenges and to enable… More

Real Time Damage Monitoring of Composite Vehicle Armor Structure Integrity Using Embedded Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kochergin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
Composite materials are increasingly employed in vehicle armor due to their high strength to mass ratio. The complex structure of composite vehicle armor panels leads to complex modes of failure of such panels when exposed to battlefield environment. There is a need to develop NDT/NDE technology to… More

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,956.00
Abstract:
Applique films are under consideration as replacements for traditional paint based coating systems in newer military aircraft. Despite advantages in decreased corrosion, their practical use for this application has been hindered due to poor adhesion, particularly at extreme temperatures. To enable… More

Array Shape Estimation using Fiber Optics Shape Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan Heaney, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Towed acoustic arrays are used by the US Navy to detect submarines. Knowing the shape of the array is critical for achieving optimal system performance. There is a need for Array Shape Estimators (AES) with greater accuracy, ease of use, and reduced cost. The research proposed here is targeted… More

Recovery Act - Advancement of Nano-Material Production for OPV Acceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Steve Joslin, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Luna has developed new class of acceptor materials based on exclusive Trimetasphere carbon nanomaterial (TMS) technology. Trimetasphere carbon nanomaterials, have a trimetallic nitride cluster enclosed within a C80 fullerene (see Figure 1). The metals captured within the cage can be changed allowing… More

Electrically Conductive Hot Melt Adhesives for Rapid Aerospace Fastener Preparation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2513
Award Amount: $2,249,974.00
Abstract:
The current practice for joining airframe structures together involves a costly and labor intensive process. Fasteners are often conversion-coated, primed, and sealed with an electrically conductive hot melt material. The existing hot melt material provides adequate conductivity, but is expensive,… More

Enhancing Interlaminar Shear Strength in Helicopter Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Peairs, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated will investigate several approaches of including metallic fibers and vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) into glass fiber composites to improve mechanical properties including interlaminar shear strength (ILSS). The methods evaluated will minimally affect manufacturing… More

Rapid, Non-Thermally Cured Composite Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Metrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Composite materials, with their high strength to weight ratios, manipulative properties, and corrosion resistance are now widely utilized throughout the military. High performance composites are required for air, sea, and land platforms. One of the drawbacks of these composite systems is the… More

Low/No Power Detector for Organophosphate Nerve Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Ruya Ozer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
Organophosphate (OP) nerve agents are the most dangerous chemical warfare agents and therefore pose a significant threat. Rapid and exact identification of the OP agent involved in any hazardous material incident could significantly facilitate the administration of the most effective therapeutic… More

Novel Protein-Free Material for Minimally Compressive Surgical Hemostasis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick S. Cottler
Award Amount: $164,348.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Novel protein-free material for minimally compressive surgical hemostasis (Patrick S. Cottler, P.I.) Excessive blood loss is a risk in any surgery, and hemostasis is problematic in minimally invasive and spinal proced ures where direct access to the hemorrhage… More

Recovery Act - Radiation Tolerant, Ultra-High Temperature Sensors for In-Core Use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Clark Boyd, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,958.00
Abstract:
The need for high stability measurement of temperature and material degradation exists for monitoring in-core reactor use in planned Gen-IV reactor designs, especially the next generation nuclear plants (NGNP) such as the VHTR (very high temperature reactor) and PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor)… More

Laser Vibrometer PFC Health Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Flanagan, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The structural degradation of fusion reactor components within high temperature magnetically confined plasma environments is a well-known problem. The high heat flux associated with the plasma, in addition to sputtering and thermal cycling, leads to detrimental erosion and cracking of the plasma… More

Standardized Energy Measurement Interfaces, Integration with Facility Infrastructure, and Energy-Aware Algorithms for High Performance Computing Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Lacovara, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Currently, power consumption and usage in high performance computing (HPC) systems is not well understood, nor is it optimized for system efficiency. Without a comprehensive understanding of the way in which system energy is being utilized along with a global view of the system conditions, HPC… More

Recovery Act - Advancement of Nano-Material Production for OPV Acceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Steve Joslin, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Luna has developed new class of acceptor materials based on exclusive Trimetasphere

Recovery Act - Radiation Tolerant, Ultra-High Temperature Sensors for In-Core Use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Clark Boyd, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
High stability temperature measurements are needed for in-core reactor monitoring of planned Gen-IV reactor designs, especially the next generation nuclear plants (NGNP) such as the VHTR (very high temperature reactor) and PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor) designs. These reactors are planned to… More

High-Speed Neutron and Gamma Flux Sensor for Monitoring Surface Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Clark Boyd, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
NASA needs compact nuclear reactors to power future bases on the moon and/or Mars. These reactors require robust automatic control systems using low mass, rapid response, in-core reactor power monitoring sensors and radiation tolerant sensor interrogation systems that do not yet exist. Luna… More

Charge Dissipating Transparent Conformal Coatings for Spacecraft Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Aerospace Corporation
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Marie Smith
Abstract:
The space environment poses significant challenges to spacecraft electronics in the form of electrostatic discharge (ESD) as a result of exposure to highly charged radiation belts. The NASA Europa Jupiter System Mission environment, for example, exhibits radiation levels seven times greater than… More

Distributed Force and Moment Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The structural design of aircraft and their propulsion systems is a challenging task that requires accurate, flexible ground facilities capable of operating over the flight regimes of emerging subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic designs. Luna Innovations is proposing to develop distributed fiber… More

High Radiation Fluence Tolerant Temperature Sensors for In-Core Use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Clark Boyd, Mr. – 540-961-6731
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The need for high stability measurement of temperature is essential for monitoring incore reactor use in planned Gen-IV reactor designs, especially the next generation nuclear plants (NGNP) such as the SFR (Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors). These reactors are planned to operate by means of fast neutron… More

Laser Vibrometer PFC Health Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Flanagan, Mr.
Award Amount: $999,998.00
Abstract:
The structural degradation of fusion reactor components within high temperature magnetically confined plasma environments is a well-known problem. The high heat flux associated with the plasma, in addition to sputtering and thermal cycling, leads to detrimental erosion and cracking of the plasma… More

Multi-Enzyme Based Sensor for Water Contaminant Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of New Mexico
Principal Investigator: Blaine Butler, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2509
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Diana Sargent
Abstract:
Luna Innovations collaborating with the University of New Mexico will determine the feasibility of developing a light weight handheld multi-enzyme sensor device that is capable of detecting a wide array of water contaminants, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs). The proposed multi-enzyme electrode… More

Polymeric Nanoparticles to Scavenge Lipophilic Molecules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou, Principal Investigator – (434) 483-4234
Award Amount: $99,991.00
RI Contact: John C. Rudd
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Mycotoxins represent a class of potential chemical/biological warfare agents that pose significant acute and chronic dangers to military forces. There are no current therapeutic treatments for exposure to such toxic agents and there is an urgent need to develop a therapeutic drug which is… More

Providence: Ultralow Power ISR Sensors for Situational Awareness Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Mateja Putic, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-9445
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Robert R. Merhige
Abstract:
With the rise in global terrorism over the last decade, the nature of hostile threats has broadened, requiring increased visibility into critical systems and infrastructure. Despite the vital role that technology has played in enhancing the military"s ability to obtain intelligence to identify,… More

Advanced Blood Simulant for Simulation Based Medical Trauma Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Danilich, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0159
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
The aim of this proposal is to develop an advanced blood simulant to replace current simulants used in combat medical training. A successful blood simulant will exhibit a caking/clotting response in the presence of simulated hemostatic agents while accur

Spatiotemporally Controlled Delivery System that Promotes Functional Tissue Regeneration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Danilich, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0159
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
As advances in battlefield care have led to increased survival, improved strategies for treating devastating, multi-tissue injuries are needed. Historical regenerative medicine strategies to restore function to damaged tissues have failed to fulfill the

The Development of an Injectable Cartilage Regeneration Construct

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Patrick Cottler, Principal Investigator – (434) 972-9952
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
Craniofacial injuries to warfighters are on the rise as improvements to body armor have caused the unprotected face of the soldier to become a target for attack. These injuries are often associated with severe trauma to the underlying cartilage structure.

Tamper Resistant UAV/UGV Embedded Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Poetter, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a tamper resistant, multiprocessor, embedded computer system architecture consisting of a microprocessor, a digital signal processor (DSP), a field programmable gate array (FPGA), and a graphics processing unit (GPU). During Phase I, Luna will… More

Trusted Circuits Platform with Trusted Assertion Monitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Hallman, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In the modern process of integrated circuit (IC) development, the actual design and fabrication of an IC typically is distributed between a number of different companies and/ or individuals. This requires a degree of trust between the designers and the fabricators. Ultimately, the original designer… More

Trust in Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Graf, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The necessity of Trust has been pressed upon the United States Department of Defense as a consequence of the globalization of microelectronics development and manufacturing. Many of the microelectronic devices used in DOD systems and much of the software used in the design of such systems are… More

High Reliability, Wireless, High-speed digital Fibre Channel Interface for Micro Munitions (IMM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Usberghi, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
New smart munitions will require high-speed digital interface connections from the launcher to munitions such as that defined in SAE"s Interface for Micro Munitions (IMM), SAE 5726. The IMM connection specifies Fibre Channel as its data communications protocol and superimposes this balanced… More

Embedded Long Service Life Monitoring System for Aluminum Alloy Sensitization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The Navy is adopting more extensive use of aluminum to achieve the mission requirements of high-speed combatant and non-combatant vessels such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Although 5XXX series alloys have excellent marine corrosion resistance, sensitization… More

An Innovative Integrated Chemical and Environmental Sensor for Health Monitoring of Double-Base Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4506
Award Amount: $79,993.00
Abstract:
Double base propellants such as those used in the Navy"s Cartridge Actuated Devices (CAD) and Propellant Actuated Devices (PAD) are succeptible to degradation via nitrate ester thermolysis. Typical formulations have stabilizing compounds that can retard this degradation however they are… More

Non-Contact Process to Enhance the Fatigue Life of Aluminum Cold Worked Fastener Holes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shi-Hau Own, Principal Investigator – (540) 953-4286
Award Amount: $79,988.00
Abstract:
Fatigue crack on the aircraft wing skins after extended service is a significant reliability issue for structural integrity. Fatigue cracks originating from fastener hole surfaces can grow eventually leading to catastrophic failure of the structure. Inspecting the holes and repairing cracks are… More

Innovative Approaches for Utilizing Carbon Nanotube Technology (CNT) in Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2505
Award Amount: $79,993.00
Abstract:
The key responsibility of aerospace coatings systems has been, historically, to protect the airframe from environmental damage. As the roles and materials of modern tactical aircraft have evolved, the coating systems that protect them have become significantly more complicated. To address the need… More

Large Area Nondestructive Survey of Steel Aircraft Carrier Hulls

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Lacovara, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2502
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
Steel aircraft carrier hulls are subject to a variety of serious corrosion problems. Corrosion and pitting take place on the interior surface of the hull where inspection is difficult or impractical. Additionally, exterior coatings may or may not impede the difficulty of launching acoustic energy in… More

Advanced Anodes for Corrosion Control Systems for Complex Geometries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rob Klein, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2517
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
Ocean vessels require cathodic protection of their hulls, tanks, and flooded spaces to prevent corrosion at coating defects. Impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems may be used in place of sacrificial anodes, especially for hard-to-repair locations and improved electromagnetic signature… More

Low Cost Autonomous Coating Condition Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
Carbon steel tanks and enclosures within Navy submarines and ships are protected by a combination of coatings and cathodic protection systems. Tanks and enclosures were named as the top corrosion expense on Navy vessels, accounting for $204 million annually in direct costs. To address this issue,… More

Underwater Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Navy Propellers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dan Metrey, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4509
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Composite materials are beginning to be widely utilized throughout the military and commercial sectors. These advanced materials offer several advantages, including high strength to weight ratios, manipulative properties, and corrosion resistance. Of interest is the use of composite materials in… More

Composite Shape, Strain and Temperature Monitoring of EMRG Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1696
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
Damage to the composite containment structure surrounding and forming the structural members of electromagnetic launchers is difficult to detect using conventional non-destructive methods. These methods do not operate at the speeds necessary to detect impending failures between launches.… More

Combustible Cartridge Casing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4506
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Advanced weapon systems will allow America"s soldiers to maintain their overwhelming combat edge into 21st century, however, they represent a significant logistical burden that may reduce warfighter mobility. It is therefore necessary to reduce the weight of the soldier"s standard… More

High-Strength Mechanically Alloyed Magnesium Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2513
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
The military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade have resulted in a heavier U.S. Army. Soldiers are carrying more body armor, more batteries for field equipment, and more combat gear than ever before. Ground vehicles including HMMWVs, MRAPs, and Strykers all require multiple heavy… More

Ultra-low Power Wireless Sensors for Advanced, In Situ Structural Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The ability to monitor infrastructure such as bridges, storage tanks, pipelines and buildings is critical to enhancing safety, reliability, and overall structural integrity of existing and future military structural deployments. In order to reduce the need for costly scheduled maintenance while also… More

Cure-On-Demand Conductive Sealant for Rapid OML Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Klein, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2517
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The use of sealants in aircraft assembly and outer mold line (OML) repair is widespread. Sealants are used to wet-install fasteners, for sealing overlapping (faying) surfaces, for butt joints between panels, and for seam (fillet) sealing. Aerospace sealants are typically two-component… More

Autonomous Distributed Plant Monitoring Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mateja Putic, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-9445
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Regardless of age or service history, machine equipment at AEDC must be reliable and ready for operation when required by test and evaluation schedules. Condition based maintenance of rotating machinery using embedded instrumentation has proven to be an effective approach for increasing… More

Quantitative Propellant Diagnostics with Ultrasonic Guided Waves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Lacovara, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $737,451.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Solid rocket motor propellant degrades over time. Currently, health determinations are either destructive or involve expensive and time-consuming off-site tomographic techniques. In Phase I, Luna proposed a nondestructive, in-situ Ageing and Defect Monitor suitable for use in depot or… More

Array Shape Estimation using Fiber Optics Shape Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matt Reaves, Principal Investigator – (540) 953-4261
Award Amount: $599,979.00
Abstract:
Towed acoustic arrays are used by the US Navy to detect submarines. Knowing the shape of the array is critical for achieving optimal system performance. There is a need for Array Shape Estimators (AES) with greater accuracy, ease of use, and reduced cost. The research proposed here is targeted… More

Enhancing Interlaminar Shear Strength in Helicopter Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Metrey, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4509
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated is developing methods to improve interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of glass fiber/epoxy composites. By incorporating vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) into the system, the composite matrix material is strengthened and additional reinforcement in the out-of-plane (Z… More

Multifunctional Textiles for Advanced Personal Protective Equipment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene
Award Amount: $99,999.57
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is addressing the Department of Homeland Security need to develop novel textiles for uniforms that provide multi-threat protection for first responders. Since first responders enter situations with unknown threats, their uniforms must be able to protect from multiple… More

Embedded Fiber Optic Shape Sensing for Aeroelastic Wing Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Principal Investigator: Evan Lally, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,997.00
RI Contact: John Rudd
Abstract:
As the aerospace industry continues to push for greater vehicle efficiency, performance, and longevity, properties of wing aeroelasticity and flight dynamics have become increasingly important. Both the study and the active control of wing dynamics require advanced sensing technology to inform the… More

Porosity Gradient in Hybrid Composite Structure for Thermal Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of New Hampshire
Principal Investigator: Jiebin Pang, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2512
Award Amount: $99,998.00
RI Contact: Beverly Reid
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Many military and aerospace platforms, including a number of airborne and spaceborne vehicles, significantly benefit from new materials that save weight and improve performance. Thermal protection systems (TPS) and extremely high temperature structures are required for a range of… More

Nanostructured Carbon Nanosheet Electrode for Enzymatic Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Georgia
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou, Principal Investigator – (434) 483-4234
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Regina A. Smith
Abstract:
Enzymatic fuel cells provide significant potential for increased energy density with low costs through the use of renewable fuel sources and biocatalysts. Their real-world application is primarily limited by 1) the lack of effective enzyme immobilization method to support efficient electron transfer… More

Polyurea Bi-Layer Coating for Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2505
Award Amount: $79,998.00
RI Contact: Donald J. Grosch
Abstract:
Self-sealing fuel tanks play an important role in protecting equipment and personnel by minimizing secondary threats from a ballistic penetration of the fuel tank. If a fuel tank is pierced by a projectile, the self-sealing bladder or coating uses a combination of elastomeric recovery in addition to… More

Auxetic Textiles for Improved Blast / Ballistic Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Invesitgator – (540) 558-1699
Award Amount: $149,999.00
RI Contact: Samuel Ugbolue
Abstract:
Luna Innovations teamed with University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (UMD) is developing novel auxetic textile technology to provide improved protection for military soldiers. American soldiers are exposed to significant risk of injury and death from gun shots and blast from improvised explosive… More

Design of Energetic Molecules Using Modern PSI4 Quantum Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Ben Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4506
Award Amount: $79,997.00
RI Contact: T. D. Crawford
Abstract:
Energetic materials possess long standing issues related to the balance of sensitivity and performance. A fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship of these materials at the molecular level is the key to designing the next generation of high energy density munitions while… More

Polyurea Development and Modeling for Advanced Blast and Impact Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Southwest Research Instituted
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2513
Award Amount: $499,965.00
RI Contact: Heather Bates
Abstract:
The protection of troop personnel on board the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) is of paramount importance and recent developments in polyurea materials have shown the potential to significantly increase blast protection to metallic and non-metallic substrates. Luna Innovations… More

Graphene Nanocomposite Cathode for Advanced Space Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
High efficiency power systems are needed for NASA's future human exploration of space and such power systems must have advanced safety feature and provide high specific energy and high volumetric energy density. Luna Innovations propose to develop novel rechargeable battery with advanced… More

Non-Formaldehyde Biobased Phenolic Resins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Aaron Small – (540) 961-4529
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
New product based on non-traditional and renewable feedstock need to be developed for both economic and environmental concerns. Bio-oils from biomass such as scrap wood, storm debris and even corn stover can be used to create phenol substitutes useful in the epoxy and wood adhesive markets. This… More

Encapsulation Matrix for Improved Biological Specimen Storage and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Blaine Butler, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2509
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will establish the feasibility of modifying our novel bio-encapsulation techniques for enhanced preservation of biological samples. The proposed technology has been successfully applied to protein and whole cell encapsulation, providing significant improvements in storage life-time… More

Bioactive Superporous Hydrogels with Vascular Channels for Muscle Tissue Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Christopher Tison, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2518
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
There is a substantial clinical need in both civilian and battlefield injuries for the repair and regeneration of large-volume-loss skeletal muscle tissue injuries. Current standards of care rely on rotational tissue grafts and often result in substantial morbidity, pain, and disfigurement. Luna… More

Modeling and Development of Conformal Metamaterials for Wideband EMI Shielding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Klein, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2517
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
U.S. military communications and weapons systems are reliant on electronics systems that are highly sensitive to external electromagnetic (EM) threats, whether from intentional or environmental sources. In order to protect from these external EM threats, high levels of electromagnetic interference… More

Enterprise Anti-exploitation for Mission Assurance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gustave Anderson, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8423
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Supply chain threats have invalidated the assumption that the adversary has no reasonable avenue of attack even if the software protections are structured properly and augmented with secure hardware. In today"s cyber-attack environment, one must assume that a subset of systems are or will be… More

Self-Referenced 3D Coating Inspector for Aircraft Engine Inlets/Exhausts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Evan Lally, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1668
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Ensuring the safe and optimal operation of high-performance fighter aircraft is vital to the U.S. Air Force. Necessary maintenance includes inspection of engine inlets and exhausts for coating damage and defects that may compromise safety and optimal operation of the aircraft. … More

Instrumented Test Coupons and Monitoring System for Improved Material Performance Evaluations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Luna will develop cost effective, extensible, and multimodal instrumentation for real time monitoring of materials subjected to accelerated corrosion tests. The sensor system will include continuous recording of environmental conditions of the corrosion tests for quality assurance; while… More

Novel Textiles for Use as Friction Buffer on Parachutes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Laura Habersack, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1663
Award Amount: $94,800.00
Abstract:
During parachute deployments, nylon canopy cloth and nylon suspension lines are dragged across other nylon materials at high speeds which result in frictional heat damage. Cotton is used as a buffer material in sleeves, suspension stow line loops, deployment bags and as barrier fabrics between… More

Enhanced Carbon Face Seals for Rotorcraft Drive Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Engineer – (434) 220-2513
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Seals currently used for rotorcraft gearbox drive systems suffer from a high failure rate. Seals must prevent lubricant from escaping while under operation. Several materials are available for the seals, including carbon, elastomer, and ceramic, and all must withstand extreme shaft speeds… More

On Demand Curing Fiber Optic Refractive Index Matching Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Laura Habersack, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1663
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Current curable fiber optic index matching materials used to secure and index match fiber optic cores in mechanical splices have limited shelf lives at both storage and standard operating temperatures. Shelf life is particularly problematic in applications where no refrigeration or humidity control… More

In-Line Optical Quality Measurements for Gigabit Multimode Optical Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Reaves, Principal Investigator – (540) 953-4261
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations proposes a multi-measurment system, allowing for 24 hour in-line network quality characterization. The system builds on Luna"s Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR), which delivers unprecedented inspection and diagnostics capabilities for the fiber optics industry. The goal… More

Chrome-Free Low Solar Absorbance Single Coat for Aluminum Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2505
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
Superstructures and freeboards on aluminum ships require both corrosion protection from the marine environment and solar absorption resistance to keep ship interiors cool. Traditional coating stack-ups that include surface pretreatment with conversion coatings to protect the aluminum substrate from… More

Selective Integration of Carbon Nanotubes into Composite Structure for Localized Property Enhancement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dan Metrey, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4509
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
The benefits of enhancing structural composite materials with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are well known. However, the costs associated with the incorporation of CNTs throughout composite hardware are excessive. Selective use of a low concentration of CNTs in localized sections of interest offers a cost… More

Bio-responsive Antifouling Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1699
Award Amount: $149,993.00
Abstract:
Marine biofouling is a significant problem on ship hulls resulting in increased fuel consumption, decreased speed/efficiency and also a vector for the transport of non-indigenous species. Whereas many antifouling coatings have been developed to remedy this situation, most of these coatings prevent… More

Battery Management System for Monitoring and Diagnostics of Energy Storage Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Demo, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-9443
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
As energy requirements grow with continued advancement of the Navy"s electric ships, the role of efficient, reliable energy storage systems becomes more and more critical in the execution of naval operations. The use of advanced electrical systems onboard Navy ships enables enhanced… More

Cylindrical Shell Health Monitoring and Hoop Strain Sensing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1696
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is proposing to develop a fiber optic based strain measurement system designed specifically for the challenges associated with measuring the hoop strain on large cylindrical shells. Conventional approaches to this measurement require that multiple sensors be placed around a pressure… More

Autonomic, Thermally Stable Self Healing Microcapsules in Corrosion Protection Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4506
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
In the aviation industry, direct annual corrosion costs are estimated to be $2.2 billion, with $1.7 billion allocated to corrosion maintenance and $0.3 billion to downtime. Since exterior coatings are the first line of defense against corrosion, ground crews spend a large proportion of their time… More

Novel Propellant Formulations Containing Functional Polymer Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $726,721.00
Abstract:
The unique properties of nano-particulates, such as high surface area have the potential to enhance the ballistic properties of propellant mixtures. Nano-particulates typically have disadvantages in processing as they have a strong propensity to agglomerate and can dramatically increase the… More

Encapsulated Cell Microfluidic Sensor for Water Toxin Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Blaine Butler, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2509
Award Amount: $729,998.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is developing the field-deployable Portable Analysis of Toxic H2O Samples (PATHOS) that utilizes whole cells as extremely sensitive biological detectors of water toxicants via two different metrics (colorimetric and impedance), resulting in increased reliability and sensitivity to a… More

Durable Rain Repellent Coatings for Aircraft Transparencies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1699
Award Amount: $374,998.00
Abstract:
Maintaining a high level of visibility through aircraft transparencies is very difficult under inclement operational conditions. This is an increased problem with the F35, which must land on aircraft carriers and do not possess windshield wipers to clear the canopies. There have been significant… More

Embedded Long Service Life Monitoring System for Aluminum Alloy Sensitization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $599,998.00
Abstract:
The Navy is adopting more extensive use of aluminum to achieve the mission requirements of high-speed combatant and non-combatant vessels such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Although AA5XXX series alloys have excellent marine corrosion resistance, sensitization… More

Advanced Blood Simulant for Simulation Based Medical Trauma Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0159
Award Amount: $965,116.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II program is designed to build upon the successes of the Phase I feasibility study and develop an advanced blood simulant for training of combat first responders in the use of modern hemostatic products. The blood simulant will exhibit a caking/clotting response in the presence… More

Mesoporous CO2 Scrubber Materials for Underwater Breathing Apparatus Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bryan Koene, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1699
Award Amount: $999,582.00
Abstract:
Current and future military forces are moving to be lighter, faster, and stealthier in order to maintain an operational advantage. For example, underwater combat activities require light and small equipment for the submarines or the divers to efficiently complete the assigned missions. Among those… More

Trust in Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Stephen Baka, Principal Investigator – (540) 769-8400
Award Amount: $1,245,587.00
Abstract:
The necessity of Trust has been pressed upon the United States Department of Defense as a consequence of the globalization of microelectronics development and manufacturing. Many of the microelectronic devices used in DOD systems and much of the software used in the design of such systems are… More

Ultra-low Power Wireless Sensors for Advanced, In Situ Structural Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $364,999.00
Abstract:
The integrity of military and civil infrastructure is critical to the safety and continued operations of the armed forces, commercial enterprises, and the everyday lifestyle of the American public. In order to reduce the need for costly scheduled maintenance while also preventing the potentially… More

Multi-flux fiber optic probe of nuclear fuel performance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bryan Dickerson, Dr.
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
Current commercial reactor fuel performance monitoring uses external power range monitors, and evaluates coolant water for contamination that would indicate failure of a fuel element. Estimates of the localized fission rates and temperature distributions within the reactor core are approximated… More

Autonomous Foam Monitoring and Control for VCHT Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Vacuum collection, holding and transfer (VCHT) systems are used on the newest Navy ships to reduce collected sewage volume to achieve desired holding capability when operating in littoral waters where discharge is restricted. Vacuum collection systems use sewage powered ejectors to discharge urinal… More

Affinity Matrix System for Large-Scale Protein Purification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0159
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Though vast improvements have been made in various protein expression platforms, limitations arise in the implementation of current purification methods. Traditional chromatographic methods are time intensive, carry heavy material costs, and are difficult to scale - reducing the benefits achieved in… More

Microhydrogel Depot for Sustained Delivery of Prophylactic Bioscavenger

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou, Principal Investigator – (434) 483-4234
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Neurotoxic organophosphorus (OP) agents (e.g. sarin, soman, VX and tabun) were developed initially as pesticides and adapted for chemical warfare. OP agents are fast acting and lethal at even very low doses. Countering the threat of intoxication by OP nerve agents is an important mission for… More

Rapid Fluorescent Assays for Coliforms in Shipboard Wastewater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Danilich, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0159
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
One challenge encountered aboard marine vessels is the treatment, storage, and discharge of wastewater from marine sanitation devices (MSDs). Improperly treated waste water has a high potential for transmitting diseases and harming the ecosystem. The presence of Escherichia coli is routinely used as… More

Toughened Fabrics with Counter-WMD Functionality for Daily Wear

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Klein, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2517
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Military personnel and first responders must be prepared to operate under the threat of a wide range of CBRNE threats (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosive) and rapidly counter WMD hazards. Daily-wear uniforms such as the army combat uniform (ACU) or the CWU-27/P flight… More

Encapsulation Technology for Increased Environmental Stability of Vertebrate Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Blaine Butler, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2509
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations is developing stabilization technology for increased long-term storage of various biological moieties (e.g. enzymes, nucleic acids, and whole cells). This unique stabilization matrix allows for extended cell viability lifetime, minimizing cell maintenancerequirements while retaining… More

Application of Biopolymer for Soil Revegetation and Stabilization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4506
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Military training activities often result in environmental degradation due to creation of heavily disturbed soil areas including dirt road beds, vehicular training areas, tank trails, terrain subject to wildfires, artillery impact areas, helipads and dirt landing areas for aircraft. These areas are… More

Fiber Optic Shape Sensing for Tethered Marsupial Rovers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Emily Horrell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,999.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations Incorporated is proposing to design, build, and test a shape, length, and tension sensing tether for robotic exploration and sample-gathering missions on remote planets and moons. The proposed tether system is capable of determining the location and orientation of marsupial robots… More

Insect Resistant Textiles for Military Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jessica Domino, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1669
Award Amount: $97,904.00
Abstract:
There is a need for a durable, non-toxic textile that is protective against vector-borne diseases, effective after repeating wear and laundering, and compatible with current / future military uniforms. The insect resistant textile is also expected to have no detrimental effect on the physical… More

Durable Hydrophobic Barrier Coating for the Remote Minehunting Tow Cable

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2513
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The tow cable strands used to tow the AQS-20A from the RMMV are made from Nitronic 50, an austenitic stainless steel that, under normal circumstances, exhibits excellent corrosion resistance and strength over a wide temperature range. Unfortunately, the cables are experiencing early life corrosion… More

High Pressure Composite Air Flasks for SCUBA Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Metrey, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4509
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
Current air flasks utilized by the Navy for SCUBA diving weigh about 40 lbs and are rated for 3,000 psi internal pressure, providing 30 minutes to an hour of air supply from a single tank. The Navy desires to increase mission capability for free-swimming divers, but air supply remains the most… More

Nanofiber Functionalized 3D S-Glass Reinforced Transparent Ballistic Composite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Jeffers, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-7685
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Transparent armor usually ranks among the heaviest of all materials on tactical vehicles per size and weighs significantly more than opaque armor at the same protection level. This is due to the large thicknesses required to provide the required ballistic protection. For this reason, transparent… More

Extreme Environment Stress and Strain Sensing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Davis, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1696
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Luna Innovations Incorporated is proposing to develop an extreme environment stress and strain measurement system capable of operating at temperatures>900°C (1652°F) and streaming static and dynamic data at 5kHz. The system will consist of a multichannel readout system, extreme… More

Ultra-Low Temperature Elastomeric Seals for Aerospace Hydraulic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Klein, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2517
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have recently been operating on extended missions and at higher altitudes. Such operation can cause sections of the aircraft to experience temperatures as low as -100°F, much below the traditional aircraft minimum of -65°F. Currently, in order for the… More

Handheld, Snapshot-Based 3D Fastener Inspector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Evan Lally, Principal Investigator – (540) 558-1668
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Luna proposes to develop a unique, handheld 3D surface inspection tool for accurate measurement of fastener depth and fill flushness on 5th generation fighter jets. This lightweight 3D"camera"will generate automated, snapshot-based 3D maps of filled and unfilled fasteners on… More

Self-Healing Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Repaired Aluminum Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Beck, Principal Investigator – (540) 961-4506
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: There is a need to identify, qualify, and certify post-repair corrosion-inhibiting self-healing coatings in order to inhibit further corrosion on aluminum substrates. Many technologies have been developed in academia and industry to reliably identify visible and hidden corrosion on… More

Direct Measurement of Fluid Level, Gas Pressure, and Temperature for Autonomous Landing Gear Shock Strut Operational Readiness Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Brown, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2501
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aircraft oleo-pneumatic landing gear shock struts require a precise gas to fluid ratio. Measuring oil fluid level explicitly requires time consuming service and temporary aircraft inoperability. Current approaches to verify the operational readiness of landing gear shock struts forgo… More

Instrumented Test Coupons and Monitoring System for Improved Materials Performance Evaluations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fritz Friedersdorf, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-0148
Award Amount: $735,621.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The annual cost of corrosion for Air Force aircraft and missiles is estimated to $5.4 billion with corrosion accounting for 32.2% of the maintenance budget. Military performance requirements for materials qualification often rely on pass/fail measurements of flat panels exposed in… More

Preservation Matrix for Improved Biological Specimen Storage and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: North Carolina State University
Principal Investigator: Ben Lepene, Director of R&D – (434) 220-2509
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Sam Hudson
Abstract:
Luna Innovations will determine the feasibility of modifying our novel bio-encapsulation technology for enhanced recovery of viral and bacterial targets from swab-like biospecimens. In the proposed Phase I, Luna will work with Dr. Hudson (North Carolina State Univiersity, College of Textiles) in… More

Enhanced Magnetic Seals and Installation Practices for Rotorcraft Drive Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Goff, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2513
Award Amount: $497,356.00
Abstract:
Luna Innovations and its team members are implementing advanced material alternatives in traditional rotorcraft magnetic seal assemblies for direct Army platform applications. Specifically, the team is improving the mated pair combination of the carbon-graphite face seal component and the hard face… More

Long Range Ion Exchange for Non-Chrome Corrosion Inhibition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2505
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
As the roles and materials of modern tactical aircraft have evolved, the coating systems that protect them have become significantly more complicated. Airframe structural components can be especially susceptible to corrosion, as sea water can collect and dwell in these areas. In the coating stack… More

Zwitterion-Enzymatic Bioresistant Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Garrett, Principal Investigator – (434) 220-2505
Award Amount: $497,453.00
Abstract:
Marine biofouling is a significant problem on ship hulls, increasing fuel consumption and decreasing speed/efficiency. Traditional coatings prevent fouling through controlled release of biocidal compounds (e.g. metals, copper or zinc, or organics, tributyltin). The continuous leaching of these… More

Enhanced bioscavenger for medical countermeasures against organophosphorus agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou – 540-769-8400
Award Amount: $280,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Counteracting the threat of intoxication by organophosphorus nerve agents (OP's) is an important mission for homeland security as well as for treating workers exposed to pesticides. OP's act on acetylcholinesterase to prevent synaptic inactivation,… More

Nanoparticle scavengers for medical countermeasures against mycotoxin

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou – 540-769-8400
Award Amount: $234,880.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Mycotoxin is naturally occurring and is a toxic small molecule produced by fungi. These fungal toxins are representative of a large number of lipophilic agents that pose significant acute and chronic dangers to militarycombatants as potential warfare agents.… More

Nanoparticle scavengers for medical countermeasures against mycotoxin

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou – 540-769-8400
Award Amount: $128,404.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Drug toxicity due to either overdose or abusive use represents a major healthcare problem. According to the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System data pharmaceuticals are implicated in 42% of all poisoning cases with gt123,000 annual cases caused by therapeutic… More

Low-Cost Sprayable Barrier for the Prevention of Surgical Adhesions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Patrick S. Cottler – 434-972-9952
Award Amount: $189,998.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Adhesion formation after intra-abdominal surgery poses a significant health risk, cited as a leading cause of small bowel obstruction and female infertility. Methods to prevent these adhesions are currently limited to barrier films which are difficult to place… More

Improved Metallofullerene MRI Contrast Agent for Cancer Diagnosis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Zhiguo Zhou – 540-769-8400
Award Amount: $1,479,896.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with about 200,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths each year in the United States. Novel approaches for the detection of primary and metastatic breast cancers are urgently needed to increase the survival of patients.… More