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Biodegradable Nanocomposite Films

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00600-02-C-0289
Agency Tracking Number: N01-152-07
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Myers
 Senior Chemist
 (303) 940-2339
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Vice President
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

"The disposal of ship-generated waste remains a problem for the Navy as it struggles with the issue of storing food-contaminated plastic waste for long periods at sea while maintaining necessary sanitary conditions. Plastics are currently prohibited fromdisposal at sea; however, if the plastic is quickly degraded in the ocean, overboard disposal would have little or no deleterious effect on the marine environment.Several biodegradable plastics are now commercially available. Unfortunately, these biodegradable plastics often do not have the necessary physical and barrier properties to make them useful as a food packaging material. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) proposesto use our proprietary inorganic/organic hybrid nanoparticles to improve the barrier properties of polycaprolactone, an already biodegradable polymer. We have developed nanoparticles that when added to polymers, improve their barrier properties andtoughness while maintaining other necessary properties. Our nanoparticles can be incorporated into current PCL formulations, allowing minimal changes to existing processing methods. The material developed from the Phase I project will be a biodegradable nanocomposite with improved barrier properties against water vapor and oxygen. Biodegradable nanocomposites would answer a military need by developing food packaging materials thatdegrade in the marine environment, thus allowing the potential for overboard disposal. Biodegradab

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