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Protective Apparel Fabrics (PAF) with Distinctly Area-Specific Waterproof and…

Award Information

Department of Energy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
48 b
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Small Business Information
NanoScale Materials, Inc.
1310 Research Park Drive Manhattan, KS -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Protective Apparel Fabrics (PAF) with Distinctly Area-Specific Waterproof and Breathable Properties
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The end of the Cold War left the DOE with a surplus of nuclear facilities, which must now be deactivated and decommissioned (D&D). Appropriate protective apparel capable of shielding workers against a variety of hazardous materials such as airborne plutonium, mercury, organic solvents, asbestos, and lead is a must for D&D personnel. However, current protective apparel is unsuitable for this task as it is either bulky and uncomfortable or disposable and insufficiently protective. NanoScale Corporation, in cooperation with Clemson Apparel Research, proposes to solve this problem by designing protective apparel with waterproof and breathable properties appropriate for specific areas of the body, thus eliminating bulk and discomfort while providing sufficient worker protection. Highly reactive nanocrystalline materials will be incorporated into specific areas of the protective apparel to enhance metabolic heat dissipation and permit breathability while providing superior protection against hazardous materials. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: This new type of protective apparel will be useful not only to DOE and EPA personnel, but also to emergency response personnel, laboratory researchers, and chemical industry workers. It will increase worker comfort and protection levels while reducing fatigue, thus increasing worker safety.

Principal Investigator:

Shyamala Rajagopalan
(785) 537-0179

Business Contact:

Aaron Madison
(785) 537-0179
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanoscale Corporation
1310 Research Park Drive Manhattan, KS 66502

EIN/Tax ID: 481172548
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Clemson University
500 Lebanon Rd.
Pendleton, SC 29670
Contact: Christine Cole
Contact Phone: 8646468454