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Surface Modification of Exfoliated Graphite Nano-Reinforcements

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
5505 Foothills Canyon Road Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87111-8346
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Surface Modification of Exfoliated Graphite Nano-Reinforcements
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CA05C
Award Amount: $599,999.00


Phase I results showed that two surface treatments, oxidative plasma and reactive finishes, are effective means of modifying the surface chemistry of exfoliated graphite nanoflakes. The surface modifications provide a more compatible surface energy for dispersion in polymers and create well-bonded interfaces with the polymer matrix. In order to be cost effective for NASA and commercial applications, the surface treatment processes need to be applied on a large scale. In the Phase II program, both treatment methods will be scaled-up to semi-continuous processes. Custom equipment will be fabricated to process large quantities of treated nanoflakes. The resulting treated nanoflakes will be characterized for surface chemistry and morphology and processed into polymer composites and continuous carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The composites will be characterized for conductivity, thermal and mechanical, and diffusion barrier properties. It is expected that these composites will find applications as fuel cell bipolar plates, composite cryogenic storage tanks, and in light weight structures for aerospace, military, and transportation.

Principal Investigator:

Ronald E. Allred
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Susan Switzer
Business Official
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Adherent Technologies, Inc.
9621 Camino del Sol NE Albuquerque, NM 87111

EIN/Tax ID: 850397689
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No