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Non-destructive Exfoliation and Drying of Anisotropic Nanomaterials

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 09T021
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
NanoSonic Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136-3645
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Non-destructive Exfoliation and Drying of Anisotropic Nanomaterials
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0013
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The overall goal of this proposed Army STTR is to demonstrate low-cost, non-destructive methodologies for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials. NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will work in tandem to demonstrate novel approaches involving both high performance coatings and CO2 processing that facilitate gentle, simultaneous drying and exfoliation of nanoparticles, preventing agglomeration and rendering the nanoparticles in a suitable state for subsequent use in high performance bi-spectral obscurants. NanoSonic will incorporate portions of its conformal self-assembled coating technologies to minimize particulate agglomeration over extended time periods via precise control of surface energy and interparticulate interaction. The proposed materials and technologies have been demonstrated with multiple anisotropic nanomaterials, and are expected to provide an excellent, scalable, low-cost method for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials for obscurants.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Bortner
Director Nanomaterials Manufacturng

Business Contact:

Contracts Administrator
Contracts Administrator
Small Business Information at Submission:

NanoSonic, Inc.
P.O. Box 618 Christiansburg, VA 24068

EIN/Tax ID: 541877635
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Tech
Office of Sponsored Programs
1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Contact: Don Baird
Contact Phone: 5402319386