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DWNT/Hydrogenated Fullerene Reinforced Polyethylene for Radiation Shielding…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76816
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
042039
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: DWNT/Hydrogenated Fullerene Reinforced Polyethylene for Radiation Shielding Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ05JB95C
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Manned space exploration requires radiation protection, particularly since the impact of radiation on the health and safety of humans on extended missions is not known. The best material candidates are those with high hydrogen contents and low molecular weight, and thus polymers are excellent choices. However, their thermal stability and mechanical properties need to be improved. MER proposes to achieve this using a combination of DWNT with hydrogenated fullerenes, where the latter can be deposited inside the prior, achieving the so-called "peapod" materials. Developed composites will be characterized for mechanical performance and radiation hardness as a screening tool. Selected composites of varying thickness and composition will be chosen for more comprehensive testing in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Raouf O. Loutfy
Principal Investigator
5205741980
rloutfy@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Dr. Raouf O. Loutfy
President
5205741980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MER Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No