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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0311
Agency Tracking Number: F18B-003-0059
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18B-T003
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-23
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505
United States
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Yifan Tang
 Senior Scientist
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 Dr. Kisholoy Goswami Dr. Kisholoy Goswami
Office of Sponsored Programs, North End Center, Suite 4200 300 Turner Street NW, Suite 4200
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

 (310) 530-2011
 Nonprofit College or University

This project addresses the U.S. Air Force needs for single-piece, electronically dimmable eye protection device (EDEPD). Toward demonstrating the proof-of-principle, InnoSense LLC (ISL) in Phase I developed and evaluated individual layer components and their stacked structures. ISL also demonstrated the fabrication processes for individual-layer components, stacked structures and the scale-up potential. In Phase II, ISL will optimize the formulation and significantly-improve the fabrication process by employing automated equipment specifically designed for this process. An EDEPD prototype will be fabricated and characterized on curved polycarbonate substrates. Rigorous evaluation per MIL-DTL-43511D will be performed, including transmission range, switching speed, haze, uniformity, color neutrality and life time. The EDEPD roadmap developed in Phase I, which addresses military validation, integration into current manufacturing process and scale up, will be updated for Phase III engineering and commercialization. The project team has significant experience developing coatings for military goggle/visor applications. Teaming arrangements are in place for transitioning the product to Air Force applications.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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