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Protecting Polymers from the Natural Space Environment with Films Grown Using…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83328
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-011-0078
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.
580 Burbank St., Unit 100 Broomfield, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Protecting Polymers from the Natural Space Environment with Films Grown Using Atomic Layer Deposition
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0139
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Polymers and paints in space are subjected to a barrage of incident oxygen atoms, UV and VUV photons and ions. The oxygen atoms and photons can erode the polymer and the ions can lead to the buildup of static charge. This Phase I proposal will use atomic layer deposition (ALD) methods to coat polymers with various conformal films to protect the polymer and prevent the buildup of static charge. Al2O3 ALD will be used to prevent oxygen atom corrosion of Teflon polymers. TiO2 ALD and ZnO ALD will be employed to absorb UV and VUV photons to prevent photodegradation of PMMA polymers. ZnO ALD and possibly TiO2 ALD will be used to provide electrical conductivity to remove static charge on Kapton or Teflon polymers. Earlier work by this research team has demonstrated that Al2O3 ALD films with a thickness of ~35 can completely protect Pyralin polymer films from erosion by hyperthermal oxygen atoms. The proposed Phase I work will build on these earlier investigations and extend the ALD method to other polymers and to the problems of UV and VUV erosion and the buildup of static charge.

Principal Investigator:

Markus Groner
Senior Research Scientist
3033184145
MGroner@aldnanosolutions.com

Business Contact:

Robert Morgan
CFO
3033184145
RMorgan@aldnanosolutions.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALD NANOSOLUTIONS, INC.
580 Burbank St., Unit 100 Broomfield, CO 80020

EIN/Tax ID: 841592606
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
3100 Marine Street, Room 481
572 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Contact: Randall W. Draper
Contact Phone: (303) 492-2695
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university