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Durable Elastomeric Low Adhesion Icephobic Surfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-P-1250
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-013-0257
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T013
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-08-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-04
Small Business Information
1600 Huron Parkway Suite: 520-2393
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5001
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kausik Mukhopadhyay
 Vice President (Operation
 (734) 764-2639
Business Contact
 Michael Gurin
Title: CEO
Phone: (847) 962-6180
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Jeffrey Longe
Wolverine Tower, 1st Floor RM 1058, 3003 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1274
United States

 (734) 764-9118
 Nonprofit College or University

In this Phase I effort, HygraTek will explore a novel anti-ice coating formulation to develop icephobic surfaces for naval ship superstructures, decks, equipment and vehicles on board naval ships, e.g. fighter jets, helicopters etc. HygraTek has recently developed a series of different environmentally safe, non-fluorinated, transparent, icephobic coatings. These coatings display the lowest ice-adhesion strength values (force per unit area required to slide ice of a surface) that have ever been reported (< 20 kPa), and can be spray or dip-coated onto any substrate including aluminum, steel, alloys, glass, and wood. HygraTek has also partnered with CRREL (a DOD testing facility) to carry out rigorous tests to independently evaluate the performance of their icephobic coatings. These include zero degree cone, temperature stability and ice adhesion tests. The icephobic coatings will possess the following characteristics: Thin film icephobic coating for 40C Average ice adhesion strength < 20 kPa (237 kPa for Teflon) Can be easily applied by contractors Transparent coating (>99 % transmission) with excellent durability Minimal maintenance, and inexpensive compared to other products currently in market Water repellent; resistant to corrosion, mild acids, UV, solar exposure, organisms and organic phosphates Not harmful for aquatic animals; negligible risk for water pollution

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