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Nanomaterials-Based Water and Moisture Impermeable Barrier for Food Packaging

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77562
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
053212
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street Torrace, CA 90505-5245
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Nanomaterials-Based Water and Moisture Impermeable Barrier for Food Packaging
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ06JD61C
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

The goal of this project is to develop flexible food packaging materials with an effective barrier against oxygen and moisture. This technology will build on sol-gel core competency of the company, which has been expanded under NASA funding. In this Phase I project, InnoSense LLC (ISL), in collaboration with Professor Melvin Pascall at Ohio State University, will demonstrate the potential of ISL's nanomaterials-based barrier technology in NASA space exploration. The Phase I project would demonstrate: (a) that flexible thin film barrier layers can be deposited onto polymeric substrates and can be adhesively bonded to a polypropylene layer for flexible food packaging applications, (b) achievement of water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) < than 0.001 g/m2-day and oxygen transmission rate (OTR) < than 0.001 cc/m2-day for the flexible thin-film barrier. The focus of Phase II will be optimization of the barrier architecture, and the evaluation of prototype flexible pouches for their mechanical and barrier layer properties after retorting, a process typically used to package reheatable foods in flexible packaging applications. To assure success of this project, ISL has assembled a technical team with a cumulative 60 person-years of experience in specialty coatings, polymers and packaging areas.

Principal Investigator:

Uma Sampathkumaran
Principal Investigator
3105302011
uma.sampathkumaran-1@innosense.us

Business Contact:

Latika Datta
Business Official
3105302011
latika.datta@innosense.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127 Torrance, CA 90717

EIN/Tax ID: 364501803
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No