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Modified Ionic Liquid-Based High-Performance Lubricants for Robotic Operations

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street Torrace, CA 90505-5245
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Modified Ionic Liquid-Based High-Performance Lubricants for Robotic Operations
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CG32P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


NASA requires a highly efficient lubrication system for robotic operations, which will withstand very low temperatures (20 K) and other rigors of outer space and planetary surface operations. Building on prior experience in the materials area, InnoSense LLC (ISL) and an experienced consultant will formulate ionic liquid (IL)-based lubricants that will be not only thermally resistant but also compatible with a variety of raw materials for potential NASA-relevant lubricant formulation. Phase I tasks are designed to develop a library of these lubricant formulations by synthesizing and testing according to specified durability metrics. During Phase I, ISL will demonstrate the proof of concept by formulating IL-based lubricants and evaluating physical properties, coefficient of friction, and thermal tolerance. The Phase II project will focus on optimizing a line of IL-based lubricant formulations, fine-tuning physical properties at extreme temperatures, and investigating electrical applications.

Principal Investigator:

Rashmi Dalvi
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Kisholoy Goswami
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127 Torrance, CA 90505-5245

EIN/Tax ID: 364501803
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No