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Underwater Adhesive for Coral Restoration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA20OAR0210092
Agency Tracking Number: NA20OAR0210092
Amount: $119,878.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.2.01
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2019-2005899
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-30
Small Business Information
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421
United States
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Unavailable
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jakubowski
 (781) 879-1236
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Phone: (781) 879-1286
Research Institution

TIAX proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of a quick tack, long pot life, high strength underwater adhesive formulated to be delivered through a caulk gun like application device. This two part adhesive will pass through a static mixing nozzle during application, removing the need for hand-mixing the adhesive prior to use. Our adhesive will adhere strongly to commonly used artificial and natural coral substrates and reef materials. We will use statistical design of experiment techniques to help formulate candidate adhesive resin systems that possess the desired qualities. TIAX’s adhesive will represent a significant improvement in efficiency over existing underwater adhesive options. Innovative performance aspects of our adhesive include: • Quicker physical attachment of corals to substrates underwater. • Instant tack as well as long-life adhesive strength under water. • Improved adhesive durability in energetic environments. • Ambient temperature cure. • Minimal to no surface preparation (e.g., adherence to substrates coated with biofilm). • Adhesive formulation rheology that supports easy, reproducible application methods. • Non-toxic to marine life. • Able to be applied in salt water. Our optimized adhesive and its delivery method will eventually allow divers to move more quickly through their tasks, reducing labor and project costs.

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