Activated-Carbon Fibers With High Surface Areas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20651
Amount: $59,733.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Bend Research, Inc.
64550 Research Rd., Bend, OR, 97701
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James R. Lowell
 (503) 382-4100
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
This proposal is directed to the preparation of high-surface-area (HSA) activated-carbon fibers that are suitable for the Army's lightweight chemical-protective combat uniforms. The overall goal of the proposed program is to develop a domestic source of activated-carbon fibers having surface areas greater than 1500 m2/g. Our approach begins with a novel method of preparing polymeric precursor fibers, which is based on existing technolog now being commercialized for other applications by Bend Research. The precursor fibers will then be heat-treated, carbonized, and activated using existing, proven techniques, we believe this process offers a high probability for success. Successful completion of hte Phase I program and a subsequent Phase II should lead to domestic production of activated-carbon fibers that are technically superior to those currently available overseas and that are less expensive to produce. During a Phase II program we would collaborate with a textile manufacturer and/or carbon-fiber manufacturer to facilitate the early commercial-scale production of the improved fibers.

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