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NOVEL BIODEGRADABLE BLOCK COPOLYMER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
10223
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10223
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SPIRE CORPORATION
1 PATRIOTS PARK BEDFORD, MA 01730-2396
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: NOVEL BIODEGRADABLE BLOCK COPOLYMER
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,993.00
 

Abstract:

THE PROPER DISPOSAL OF PLASTIC SOLID WASTE IN THE PAST DECADE HAS BECOME A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR SEVERAL NATIONS AND FOR SOME U.S. MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS PLASTIC SOLID WASTE HAS BEEN BLAMED FOR POLLUTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND POSING AN ECOLOGICAL THREAT TO MARINE LIFE. DEGRADABLE PLASTICS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE A VIABLE SOLUTION FOR PLASTIC SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL. SPIRE PROPOSES TO DEVELOP NOVEL BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS BY BLOCK COPOLYMERIZATION. THESE HETEROCHAIN BLOCK COPOLYMERS WILL BE PREPARED UTILIZING DIODEGRADABLE POLY(B-HYDROXYALKANOATES), PHA, AS "HARD" SEGMENTS WITH COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE BIOCOMPATIBLE POLYMERS SUCH AS POLY(OXYETHYLENE) AS "SOFT" SEGMENTS. IN THIS WAY, SPIRE ANTICIPATES DEVELOPING A WIDE RANGE OF DEGRADABLE PLASTIC MATERIALS WHICH ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE BY DIOSYNTHETIC METHODS. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS PROGRAM, SPIRE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE NAVY WITH AN ENTIRELY NEW FAMILY OF BIODEGRADABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE PLASTICS WITH THE DESIRED PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF CONVENTIONAL PLASTICS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Ping-hung Lu
6172756000

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Spire Corp
Patriots Pk Bedford, MA 01730

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