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SBIR Phase I: A Novel Technique for Polymer Encapsulation of Nanopowders

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
52656
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0060345
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Materials Modification Inc
2809-K Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA 22031-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: SBIR Phase I: A Novel Technique for Polymer Encapsulation of Nanopowders
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0060345
Award Amount: $98,900.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project plans to develop a novel technology for polymer encapsulation of nanopowders. Nanoparticles, because of their unique properties and advantages, are fast gaining acceptance by all sectors of the industry. Currently, the use of nanoparticles is restricted by either its unavailability or lack of technology for its processing. One such technology is for the coating of nanopowders with a polymeric material. Polymer coated iron nanoparticles (size range of 5-15 nm), because of their super-paramagnetic properties, have extensive applications in the area of bio-separation, detection of toxins in water, immunoassays, DNA probes, and magnetic resonance imaging. The super-paramagnetic nature of these beads means a lower magnetic field (about 1/10 to 1/20) is required for their separation and this translates to significant cost reduction. It should be emphasized that currently there is no technique for coating nanopowders with a polymer. During this Phase I effort, a novel technology for coating of iron nanopowders with a polymer-polystyrene will be developed.

Principal Investigator:

Arun Sampath
7035601371
asampath@matmod.com

Business Contact:

T.s Sudarshan
Vice President
7035601371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials Modification Inc.
2721-D Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA 22031

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