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Ultrahydrophobic Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: F054-014-0161
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T014
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-08-21
Small Business Information
3252 Holiday Court Suite 115
La Jolla, CA 92037
United States
DUNS: 969813278
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sheldon Schultz
 (858) 638-0315
Business Contact
 David Schultz
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (858) 638-0315
Research Institution
 Bret Chisholm
Center for Nanoscale Sci & Eng 1805 Research Park Drive
Fargo, ND 58012
United States

 (701) 388-1997
 Nonprofit College or University

The development of ultrahydrophobic coatings that are safe, economic,and applicable to a variety of different materials will result in significant savings due to the prevention of any water-caused damage such as corrosion and reduced maintenance requirements. Recent studies of naturally occuring ultrahydrophobic properties in plants have identified the so-called "Lotus Effect", where super-water repellent properties are conferred by micro and nanostructures present on the plant leaf. Similar types of structural features can be synthetically produced using a variety of means to modulate surface energy and roughness. We propose, in collaboration with our STTR partner, to demonstrate methods that result in an ultrahydrophobic coating using an inexpensive, non-toxic, process. This process is applicable for the coating of large scale objects such as aircraft and auxiliary ground equipment. Protocols will be optimized and our modified surfaces will be characterized using standard corrosion and weathering tests.

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