SBIR Phase I: Automotive Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637544
Agency Tracking Number: 0637544
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
Claytec Inc.
5901 Sleepy Hollow, Suite#3350, East Lansing, MI, 48823
DUNS: 961295086
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joel Dulebohn
 (517) 388-7321
Business Contact
 Joel Dulebohn
Title: PhD
Phone: (517) 388-7321
Research Institution
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a low permeability composite material by applying a clay barrier film (CBF) nanotechnology to thermoplastic polymer systems (HDPE) for automotive applications, particularly for the manufacturing of fuel tanks. Preliminary work to date has shown that CBF nanocomposites are more than 400 times lower in permeability toward representative fuel components (such as ethanol, isoctane, and toluene) in comparison to the pure polymer. An additional goal of this proposed work is to improve the adhesion at the interface of the inorganic CBF and organic HDPE phases, thereby eliminating the formation of ""blisters "" (filled with liquid fuel) that compromise the structural integrity and strength of the composite. Successful completion of the proposed research project will lead to thermoplastic polymer-based materials capable of meeting the fuel emission standards for both conventional and for flex fuel vehicles. Other potential applications of the proposed technology include high barrier interior paneling, food and drug packaging.

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