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Graphene for Expandable Space Structures

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Graphene for Expandable Space Structures
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE47P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Graphene's tightly bonded impermeable single atomic layer of carbon offers unrivalled potential for lightweight flexible gas barrier applications. Graphene has been shown to be conductive, durable, flexible, and impermeable, ideal for wall material of inflatable space structures. SMI proposes to demonstrate the material as the principal material in impermeable gas/vacuum barrier fabrics for expandable space habitats and structures, and develop a low cost roll-to-roll production process. In Phase I, SMI produce 10x10cm graphene films and characterize them and refine the process for web production. SMI will also design a flexible, lightweight graphene-based multilayer barrier structure for space applications. In Phase II, the graphene roll-to-roll production will be developed and graphene-based flexible multi-layer impermeable barriers will be demonstrated.

Principal Investigator:

Bruce Willner
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Bruce Willner
Senior Engineer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
NJ Piscataway, NJ 08854-3723

EIN/Tax ID: 223175106
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No