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Low-Cost Carbon Nanotubes for Infrared Obscurants

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73641
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-140-0291
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NANODYNAMICS, INC.
901 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY 14203-4203
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Low-Cost Carbon Nanotubes for Infrared Obscurants
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911SR-06-C-0015
Award Amount: $729,205.00
 

Abstract:

The Army seeks significant improvements in the protection of military targets through its use of infrared obscurants (IROs). Specifically, it calls for an order of magnitude improvement on the infrared extinction coefficient, while also minimizing costs. Existing obscurant technologies with organics, metal flakes, and graphite are inherently limited in their performance. The Army recognizes that the unique properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offer a potential solution. Unfortunately, existing CNT production methods, laser, arc discharge, and high pressure CO, are far too expensive to consider for the mass production necessary for obscurants applications. During Phase I research NanoDynamics demonstrated combustion based processes to produce multiwall CNTs as well as significantly higher extinction coefficients as compared to materials such as graphite. The proposed combustion processes can be readily scaled to bulk production and some of these processes can be adapted to run in a continuous manner, directly forming well dispersed CNTs in the field. Phase II research will be focused on the production of optimized CNTs for testing by the Army. Additional work will include investigating scale-up towards bulk production levels and on-demand, well dispersed production technologies that will enable direct production in dedicated field units as well as vehicle exhaust streams.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas P. DuFaux
Director
7168534900
ddufaux@nanodynamics.com

Business Contact:

Keith Blakely
CEO
7168534900
kblakely@nanodynamics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANODYNAMICS, INC.
901 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY 14203

EIN/Tax ID: 412048510
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No