Non-Condensing Anti-Fog Hydrophobic Optical Coating

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,997.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N10PC20177
Award Id:
96755
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB1-0346
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 10-010
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
111046152
Principal Investigator:
Dolly Batra
Senior Technologist
(617) 498-5926
batra.dolly@tiaxllc.com
Business Contact:
Ren,e Wong
Contracting Officer
(617) 498-5655
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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