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Large-Volume Production of Monodisperse Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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Department of Defense
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2009 / SBIR
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Voxtel Inc.
15985 NW Schendel Avenue Suite 200 Beaverton, OR 97006-
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Large-Volume Production of Monodisperse Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0199
Award Amount: $70,000.00


A prototype high-volume continuous-flow carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis process will be developed to implement a process that has demonstrated >95% yields of high-purity CNTs. The reactor's multi-zone furnace and direct-injection catalyst delivery system will be placed under computer control, and the product stream will be delivered to a modified version of an existing flow-synthesis reactor. This system will be used to provide the capability to deagglomerate, purify, functionalize, stabilize, and characterize the CNTs. In-line product characterization and control monitoring will be integrated, including UV-VIS-NIR photoluminescence, Raman, pH, and time-resolved fluorescence. In-line centrifuging and size-exclusion chromatography will be used to sort the CNT product. The product will be analyzed using X-ray, electron-microscope, and thermal gravitational methods. The flexibility and control of the continuous-flow system will allow statistically significant measure of the process quality - allowing for efficient scaling. Life-cycle cost, including capital requirements, for a multi-ton/day factory will be performed alongside an environmental impact analysis. The results of the Phase I program will result in a complete end-to-end demonstration of the prototype system. These results will be used in Phase II to optimize the CNT manufacturing, and scale to moderate-volume production.

Principal Investigator:

David Schut
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

George Williams
Senior Scientist
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12725 SW Millikan Way Suite 230 Beaverton, OR 97005

EIN/Tax ID: 931285205
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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