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SBIR Phase I: Lens-forming nanocomposites for high strength, clear ophthalmic…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88237
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0740170
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vision Dynamics, LLC
10100 Bluegrass Parkway Louisville, KY 40299-2202
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SBIR Phase I: Lens-forming nanocomposites for high strength, clear ophthalmic lenses
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740170
Award Amount: $99,907.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a nanocomposite ophthalmic lens utilizing nanoparticles and UV curable monomers. The objectives are to increase the impact resistance of the lens by 33% and to improve the modulus at elevated temperatures keeping haze to 1% or less while engineering the refractive index to greater than 1.60. The ultra-violet (UV) curable monomers allow for faster polymerization and the nanoparticles will be used to engineer the refractive index; the nanocomposite will be used to engineer mechanical properties. If successful the outcome of this project will produce lighter eyewear and materials with unique mechanical properties to improve the impact and scratch resistance for lenses. The proposed product addresses a significant ophthalmic market; it takes novel material technology directly to the consumer market. Given the sheer number of people using prescription lens it is likely that the product coming out of this research project will have a significant market impact.

Principal Investigator:

Thad L. Druffel
MS
5026712020
tdruffel@opticaldynamics.com

Business Contact:

Thad L. Druffel
MS
5026712020
tdruffel@opticaldynamics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vision Dynamics, LLC
10100 Bluegrass Parkway Louisville, KY 40299

EIN/Tax ID: 205855133
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No