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Biologically Inspired Adhesive Microstructure

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78845
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-148-3838
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Technova Corporation
3927 Dobie Road Okemos, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Biologically Inspired Adhesive Microstructure
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0200
Award Amount: $99,990.00
 

Abstract:

The merits of a strong, detachable and durable (self-cleaning) dry adhesive system, which is inspired by gecko-foot hair, will be validated. The proposed system comprises micro-scale fibers exposed on a composite surface, upon which aligned nanotubes or nanofibers are deposited. Photocatalytic and superhydrophilic phenoemna are employed to provide the system with self-cleaning capabilities. Buckling/bending of micro- and nanoscale fibers as well as the contact mechanics of nanofibers yield massive molecular (van der Waals) interactions which render high adhesion capacity. The detachment mechanism relies on fracture mechanics concepts where an angular separation facilitates progressive dissociation of surfaces. The proposed Phase I research will: (i) develop a preliminary system design based on mechanics principles and molecular (van der Waals) interactions; (ii) adapt the directed self-assembly process toward fabricaiton of the dry adhesion system; (iii) determine the mechanical performance, self-cleaning attributes and detachment characteristics of the system; and (iv) assess the technical potential and commercial promise of the dry adhesion system.

Principal Investigator:

Anagi Balachandra
Project Manager
5174859583
tchnv@aol.com

Business Contact:

Farangis Jamzadeh
Vice President
5174859583
nvnco@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TECHNOVA CORP.
1232 Mizzen Drive Okemos, MI 48864

EIN/Tax ID: 383591989
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No