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Non-destructive Exfoliation and Drying of Anisotropic Nanomaterials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: A09A-021-0097
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T021
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-12-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-06-10
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618
Christiansburg, VA 24068
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Bortner
 Director Nanomaterials Manufacturng
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Contracts Administrator
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Don Baird
Office of Sponsored Programs 1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States

 (540) 231-9386
 Nonprofit College or University

The overall goal of this proposed Army STTR is to demonstrate low-cost, non-destructive methodologies for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials. NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will work in tandem to demonstrate novel approaches involving both high performance coatings and CO2 processing that facilitate gentle, simultaneous drying and exfoliation of nanoparticles, preventing agglomeration and rendering the nanoparticles in a suitable state for subsequent use in high performance bi-spectral obscurants. NanoSonic will incorporate portions of its conformal self-assembled coating technologies to minimize particulate agglomeration over extended time periods via precise control of surface energy and interparticulate interaction. The proposed materials and technologies have been demonstrated with multiple anisotropic nanomaterials, and are expected to provide an excellent, scalable, low-cost method for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials for obscurants.

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