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Nano Structured Flame Retardant Replacement for Pentabde

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Environmental Protection Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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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: 2006
Title: Nano Structured Flame Retardant Replacement for Pentabde
Agency: EPA
Contract: EP-D-06-048
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Unregulated dioxin-like polybrominated diphenyl ether - PBDE, in particular PentaBDE commonly used as a fire retardants in furniture foam and plastic consumer goods are spreading rapidly in the environment with levels in the human system doubling every 5 years. While many European countries have already banned the use of PentaDBE in foams, there is a growing public demand in the USA to replace this chemical with more environmentally benign flame retardants. In this Phase I effort, Materials Modifications, Inc. proposes to employ the principles of Nanotechnology to prepare a potent halogen-free, fire retardant additive that may be added to thermosetting plastics and foams to impart fire resistance to them, without affecting the plastics inherent properties. MMI┬┐s in-house experience and expertise with nanomaterials will be employed in preparing the nano-hybrid composite and Phase I will prove the ability of the fire retardant additive in conferring fire resistance to Polyurethane. The nano-hybrid fire resistant additive proposed will server to overcome the shortcomings of existing materials such as toxic/halogenated compounds and chemical that require high loading. The proposed synergy of nano-chemistry and coating technology will unleash a plethora of new applications in addition to fine-tuning the existing expertise in the fields of fire management and control.

Principal Investigator:

R. Radhakrishnan
Manager - Technology Development

Business Contact:

T. S. Sudarshan
President and CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 541368539
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No