Non-Condensing Anti-Fog Hydrophobic Optical Coating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20177
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB1-0346
Amount: $98,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: SB101-010
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dolly Batra
 Senior Technologist
 (617) 498-5926
 batra.dolly@tiaxllc.com
Business Contact
 Ren,e Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Email: wong.renee@tiaxllc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Fogging of optical components results in substantial reduction in image quality and light transmission, hindering the function of crucial military devices such as specialty eyewear, optical scopes and optical filters. Current solutions to creating an anti-fog surface often entail temporary solutions such as wiping the surface with surfactants or warming up the surface in a coat pocket before use. TIAX proposes to develop non-condensing superhydrophobic coatings which exhibit anti-fog properties without impacting the optical properties of the device. The proposed coatings will be durable and salt tolerant, and they can be produced using low-cost, scalable methods. These superhydrophobic anti-fog coatings will be a significant improvement over alternative hydrophilic coatings as they will not require constant exposure to circulating dry air in order to remove the water from a surface.

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