USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

SBIR Phase I: Studies on Preparation and Reactivity of Surface Derivatized…

Award Information

National Science Foundation
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
NanoScale Materials, Inc.
1310 Research Park Drive Manhattan, KS -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: SBIR Phase I: Studies on Preparation and Reactivity of Surface Derivatized NanoActive Metal Oxides
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0231710
Award Amount: $100,000.00


This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop new surface derivatized reactive nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are expected to be highly active adsorbents and should be important in a number of applications. In the project, attention will be focused on preparing nanoparticles containing Lewis acid or base centers. The chemical modification involves introducing Lewis acidic boron or Lewis basic alkoxy functionalities on the surface of the nanoparticles. It is expected that introduction of such sites should enhance the adsorptive capability and the destructive ability of the nanoparticles appreciably. In particular, boron, by virtue of its affinity for electronegative atoms (in nerve agents) and the thio group (in mustard agent and nerve agent VX) should bind and help pull these agents quickly through the nanoparticles. Lewis basic sites should enhance the chemical reactivity of the nanoparticles thereby promoting destruction of agents by reactions such as elimination and/or hydrolysis. Commercially, these materials will find application in both civilian and military markets; for example, in civilan markets as adsorbents in air filters for various industrial toxic agents, scrubbing agents for raw natural gas and as novel catalysts. Militarily, the new nanoparticles will provide faster and more efficient decontamination of chemical warfare agents and environmental toxins.

Principal Investigator:

Shyamala Rajagopalan

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanoscale Materials, Inc.
1310 Research Park Dr. Manhattan, KS 66502

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No