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Company Information:

Company Name: Nanocomposix, Inc.
City: San Diego
State: CA
Zip+4: 92111-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (619) 890-0704

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,649,694.00 14
SBIR Phase II $5,473,973.00 8
STTR Phase I $300,000.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,499,999.00 2

Award List:

Anisotropic Obscurant Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Anisotropic, electrically conductive fibers and flakes have large extinction coefficients in the mid and far infrared regions of the spectrum, and have utility as constituents of high performance military obscurants. However, the high aspect ratio and small minor dimension size of the particles… More

Transport, Compartmentalization, and Effects of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The inclusion of nanoparticle-based materials into advanced weapon design has raised issues concerning the fate of the nanoparticles once they are released into the environment. In order to ensure that these materials are safe, new testing methodologies are required for quantifying (1) the… More

Advanced Heat Transfer Fluids

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Future NASA instrumentation will require increasingly sophisticated thermal control technology. We propose a next-generation nanofluid that consists of precisely manufactured nanoparticles that are added to existing coolant liquids. Even at very low loading levels, the nanoparticles dramatically… More

Transport, Compartmentalization, and Effects of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The incorporation of nanoparticles into an increasing number of products and materials has raised issues concerning the fate of the nanoparticles once they are released into the environment. A comprehensive transport model that identifies the parameters that affect nanoparticle transport in soil,… More

Advanced Heat Transfer Fluids

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Future NASA instrumentation will require increasingly sophisticated thermal control technology. We propose a next-generation nanofluid that consists of precisely manufactured nanoparticles that are added to existing coolant liquids. Even at very low loading levels, the nanoparticles dramatically… More

The Impact of Nanomaterials on Occupational Safety and Health

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The number of products that contain nanomaterials and the associated risk of exposure to DoD personnel is rapidly increasing. This project will identify factors that influence the generation, dispersion, and deposition of nanomaterials in the workplace. The risk of exposure via inhalation or… More

Anisotropic Obscurant Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Anisotropic, electrically conductive fibers and flakes have large extinction coefficients in the mid and far infrared regions of the spectrum, and have utility as constituents of high performance military obscurants. However, the high aspect ratio and small minor dimension size of the particles (100… More

Broadband Obscurants for Visible and IR Countermeasures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: NEW MEXICO STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Charles Bruce
Abstract:
Obscurants and smokes are a combat multiplier that can assist in the defeat of trackers, sensors, optical enhancement devices, seekers, and the human eye. Obscuration is desirable at wavelengths that range from the short wavelength visible (0.4 micron) to the far-infrared (25 micron). … More

SBIR Phase I: Mass Spectrometry Imaging Using Gold Nanoparticle Matrices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Matt T. Spencer, DSc
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will enhance the capabilities of 2D spatial mapping of expression levels of biomolecules from tissue samples using matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Current MALDI imaging protocols use… More

The Impact of Nanomaterials on Occupational Safety and Health

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The potential for government and civilian workers to be exposed to nanomaterials is rapidly increasing. It is imperative that the exposure risk and toxicity of nanomaterials are quantified before products with nanoscale components are widely commercialized and distributed. This project will… More

SBIR Phase II: Mass Spectrometry Imaging Using Gold Nanoparticle Matrices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Matt T. Spencer, DSc
Award Amount: $468,511.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will enhance the capabilities of imaging biomolecular ions from solid tissue samples using matrix assisted laser desorption time-of-flight imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS). Currently, organic acid matrices are used to promote the… More

Thermally Remendable Composite Structures with Resistive Heating Network of Carbon Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Darlington, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: H. T. Hahn
Abstract:
Carbon fiber-reinforced composites undergo subcritical damage well before final failure. A self-healing composite material is proposed that will autonomously sense and repair localized damage in composite structures. Healing is accomplished via two main components. The first component is a thermally… More

Mass Spectroscopy Tissue Imaging of Specific Cell Types Using Receptor Targeted G

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Matt T. Spencer
Award Amount: $99,695.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Developing new strategies to treat drug addiction requires a detailed understanding of how biomolecules are up and down regulated in response to a drug dose within specific regions of an organ, such as the brain. MALDI imaging mass spectrometry is a powerful… More

Pyrophoric Nanoparticles for IR Decoys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Pyrotechnic and pyrophoric IR decoy flares protect military aircraft from IR seeking surface-to-air missiles by closely mimicking the electromagnetic signature of the aircraft in order to divert the missile from its target. Pyrophoric based decoys have advantages over pyrotechnic technology in that… More

Continuous Flow Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Richard K. Baldwin, PhD
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a continuous flow manufacturing process for the production of high concentration solutions of unagglomerated plasmonic metal nanoparticles. Since the plasmonic nanoparticles must be unagglomerated, they must be fabricated at a low… More

SURFACE ENHANCED FLUORESCENCE NANOTAGS FOR ULTRASENSITIVE MULTIPLEXED ASSAY SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David Sebba – 619-890-0704
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
Late detection is the primary cause of poor survival rates from cancer. Nanotechnology-enabled assays can detect early markers of cancer with much higher sensitivity than current detection methods. Existing assays use fluorescent probes with organic fluorophores or quantum dots, both of which have… More

Broadband Obscurants for Visible and IR Countermeasures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: New Mexico State University
Principal Investigator: Steven Oldenburg, President – (619) 890-0704
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Charles Bruce
Abstract:
Successful military operations require dominant control of the electromagnetic spectrum in the battlefield. Smokes and obscurants are becoming increasingly important to block the function of enemy optical tracking systems and sensors during day and night operations. Fielded munitions are optimized… More

Thermally Remendable Composite Structures with Resistive Heating Network of Carbon Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Darlington, Senior Scientist – (619) 602-2746
Award Amount: $749,999.00
RI Contact: H. T. Hahn
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Carbon fiber-reinforced composites undergo subcritical damage well before final failure. A self-healing composite material is proposed that will autonomously sense and repair localized damage in composite structures. Healing is accomplished via two main components. The first component is… More

TAS::75 0850::TAS RAPID SCREENING OF INDIVIDUAL CELLS USING SINGLE CELL MASS SPECTROMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Thomas Darlington – 619-890-0704
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
A Single Cell time-of-flight Mass Spectrometer (SCMS) that is enabled by the use of a nanoparticle based MALDI matrix will be fabricated and tested. Unlike traditional surface-receptor-based cell phenotyping and identification techniques, the SCMS system will be able to differentiate between cell… More

High efficiency up- and down-converting infrared nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Professor Michael Sailor
Principal Investigator: David Sebba, Senior Scientist – (858) 354-0017
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: MIchael Sailor
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The ability to track and identify personnel, vehicles, and equipment is becoming an increasingly important component of military missions. A number of taggants that can be covertly attached to a target have recently been developed. To increase the operational advantage provided by… More

SBIR Phase I: Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Tags for Multiplexed Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dave Sebba
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) nanotags for diagnostic and security applications. A novel class of SERS tags that exhibit much higher performance than other tag formulations were demonstrated. This novel class… More

Multi-functional self-healing composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Darlington, Senior Scientist – (858) 565-4227
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Structural fiber-reinforced composites can experience subcritical damage in the form of delamination, matrix cracking, or fiber breaks well before final failure. During the Phase I research we will improve a proven self-healing polymer matrix via the addition of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). … More

Nanoparticles for Mid-Infrared Heat Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Baldwin, Senior Scientist – (858) 565-4227
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Pyrotechnic and pyrophoric IR decoy flares protect military aircraft from IR seeking surface-to-air missiles by closely mimicking the electromagnetic signature of the aircraft in order to divert the missile from its target. Pyrophoric based decoys have advantages over pyrotechnic technology in that… More

Field Drying System using no power for clothing and boots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Baldwin, Chief Scientist – (858) 565-4227
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Wet clothing and footwear creates discomfort and can impede performance and morale for DoD personnel. During the Phase I research period a portable, reusable, light and efficient method to accelerate the moisture removal from difficult to dry pieces of clothing such as combat boots will be… More

High Flow, Extended-Wear Respirators for Ambient Particulate Matter Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Holecek, Senior Scientist – (858) 565-4227
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I Research Period we will develop a high porosity, nanoengineered filtration material that couples high filter efficiency with a very low pressure drop. The core innovation of the technology is the use of a novel nanostructured fill material that has a solidity 10 times lower than… More

An Inexpensive Diagnostic Device Designed to Aid the Mapping, Treatment, and Elimination of All Filariases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Richard Baldwin – (858) 565-4227
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
We propose a lateral flow assay which will ultimately be able to detect loiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and onchocerciasis on a single strip. The test combines: Latest antigens discovered at the NIH upon sequencing of the L. loa genome, proprietary ultra-bright and color-tunable reporter particles,… More

Pyrophoric Nanoparticles for IR Decoys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Baldwin, Chief Scientist – (858) 565-4227
Award Amount: $425,462.00
Abstract:
Pyrotechnic and pyrophoric IR decoy flares protect military aircraft from IR seeking surface-to-air missiles by closely mimicking the electromagnetic signature of the aircraft in order to divert the missile from its target. Pyrophoric based decoys have advantages over pyrotechnic technology in that… More