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Natural Product Antifoulant Protection for Bio-Sensors and Solar Panels

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72583
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 05-81
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St. Suite 400 Austin, TX 78741-7511
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Natural Product Antifoulant Protection for Bio-Sensors and Solar Panels
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1191
Award Amount: $74,684.00
 

Abstract:

Solar panels and bio-optical sensors play a significant role in a number of applications that are of importance to NOAA. Many of these instruments require a high transmission of radiation into the device for it to work properly. Typically, these devices have a coverglass affixed over the active part of the device to protect the sensor or panel from harsh conditions. A problem that presently exists with this technology is biological fouling of the coverglasses on these instruments. In an effort to mitigate this problem, Nanohmics, Inc. is developing a new class of instrument coverglass that incorporates natural product antifoulants (NPAs) into optical quality, hard polymers. NPAs are incorporated into thin polymer coverglass materials using standard processes and are being tested in a laboratory marine environment in order to determine their effectiveness. Subsequent phases of the project will include optimizing and scaling-up the production of the antifoulant-impregnated polymeric sheets.

Principal Investigator:

Donald E. Patterson
Senior Scientist
5123899990
dpatterson@nanohmics.com

Business Contact:

Steve M. Savoy
VP, R&D
5123899990
ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanohmics, Inc.
6201 E. Oltorf Street Suite 400 Austin, TX 78741

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