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Scratch and Impact Resistant Coating for Safety Eyewear

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
70816
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY015618
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TRIBOFILM RESEARCH, INC.
625 HUTTON ST, STE 105 RALEIGH, NC -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Scratch and Impact Resistant Coating for Safety Eyewear
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44EY015618-02
Award Amount: $808,518.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): It has been estimated that 90% of all eye injuries could have been avoided if proper safety eyewear had been used. Despite widespread required use of safety eyewear in the work place, there continues to be a significant reluctance among workers to comply because of discomfort and the inability to see clearly due to scratches. Commercially available scratch resistant coatings (Hardcoats') do help to a degree but they also significantly decrease the impact resistance of the polycarbonate substrate. Compared to commercially available Hardcoats, TriboFilm's Phase I feasibility study has demonstrated clearly that a well designed multilayered scratch resistant coating comprised of a tougher and less brittle Base Coat and an anchored lubricious TopCoat produces a 10-fold increase in scratch resistance without affecting the impact resistance of polycarbonate. Based on the developments in the Phase I feasibility study, this Phase II proposal is aimed at process optimization and scale-up along with a series of intensive testing to evaluate the performance and durability of the Multilayered SR coating. The proposed coating will allow the production of safety glasses and ophthalmic lenses with a combination of scratch and impact resistance far better than any currently on the market. This coating technology will be of great benefit to eyewear users in the $330 million eye protection market and the $15.8 billion eyewear market. If successful, this work would have widespread applicability in additional plastic applications where optical clarity, scratch resistance, and impact resistance are key requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Vinay G. Sakhrani
9198382844
VINAY@TRIBOFILMRESEARCH.COM

Business Contact:

Paul Vernon
9198382844
VERNON@TRIBOFILMRESEARCH.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tribofilm Research, Inc.
Tribofilm Research, Inc. 625 Hutton St, Ste 105 Raleigh, NC 27606

EIN/Tax ID: 562009856
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No