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Nanometer Metal Powder Production

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
37012
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
37012
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ARGONIDE CORP.
291 Power Court Sanford, FL 32771 0954
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Nanometer Metal Powder Production
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,753.00
 

Abstract:

The process of electro-explosion of metal wires, first practiced by Faraday was first developed by G. Ivanov of Russia in 1975 for the production of nanometer metal powder. Extensive R, D and E plus production was done on aluminum(Alex) and copper. Kg. quantities have been made of Sn, Zn, Fe, Ni, Ta, Mo, W, Ti, Zr, and Fe. The process can use any metal so long as it is available in wire of the appropriate dimensions. The Argonide Corporation has a license with the appropriate Russian Institutes to make and sell the powders outside the CIS, and has begun pilot manufacturing near Pittsburgh in February of 1996. The process is semi-automated, and is amenable to scale-up. The powders are about 50-100 nm, and have unusual chemical, metallurgical and thermodynamic properties. Under Phase 1, Argonide proposes to manufacture and supply one Kg. each of aluminum, copper and nickel as well as one Kg. each of the same metals manufactured in Russia under the same process conditions . Preliminary characterization of the powders will be done as part of Phase 1, including scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis and surface area measurement. Carnegie Mellon University will be a subcontractor who will be performing much of the characterization. 196

Principal Investigator:

Frederick Tepper
4124713711

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

The Argonide Corp.
Suite 17D, Gateway Towers Pittsburgh, PA 15222

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No