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Functionalized Nanotubes for High Performance Composites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
77941
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-031-0033
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NanoLab, Inc.
179 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Functionalized Nanotubes for High Performance Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-M-0319
Award Amount: $69,994.00
 

Abstract:

Carbon nanotubes, have extraordinary mechanical properties, but these properties are difficult to manifest in composites, due to their limited interfacial bonding, and therefore the inability to transfer loads from a polymer matrix. Chemical functionalization of the nanotube surface is required to improve the interfacial load transfer, but functionalization may degrade the tensile properties of the nanotubes. NanoLab will investigate, together with Dr. Ruoff of Northwestern University, functionalization methods that provide improved bonding with common structural resins, while leaving the nanotube structures as intact as possible. Together, we will learn a great deal about the effects that functionalization will have upon the mechanical and physical properties of CNTs. During the Phase I effort, NanoLab and Northwestern will: 1. Functionalize single wall and multiwall carbon nanotubes. 2. Determine their functional group concentrations. 3. Perform mechanical tests on INDIVIDUAL functionalized carbon nanotubes. Next, using the functionalization protocols that are least injurious to the nanotubes properties, we will employ vacuum assisted resin transfer molding to form epoxy-nanotube composites. Finally, Northwestern will document the mechanical properties of the infiltrated composites. BENEFITS: The potential commercial application area for carbon nanotube based composites is huge. Carbon nanotubes are rapidly becoming affordable and available in large quantities, and will soon take their place on the composite designer's shelf. Nanotubes have impressive strength, toughness, and low density, making them exceptionally valuable for composites such as wings, fuselages, panels, etc.

Principal Investigator:

David L. Carnahan
President
6175816747
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com

Business Contact:

David L. Carnahan
President
6175816747
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANOLAB, INC.
55 Chapel St Newton, MA 02458

EIN/Tax ID: 043501871
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Contact: Elizabeth Adams
Contact Phone: (847) 467-0343
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university