STTR Phase I: A Simple and Innovative Approach to the Synthesis of Metal, Alloy, Metal Oxide, and Mixed-Metal Oxide Nanoparticles

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0740125
Agency Tracking Number:
0740125
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AM
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
Cosmas
1431 Oakcrest Ln., Provo, UT, 84604
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
780418369
Principal Investigator
 Lynn Astle
 PhD
 (801) 367-7085
 LynnAstle@cosmas-inc.com
Business Contact
 Lynn Astle
Title: PhD
Phone: (801) 367-7085
Email: LynnAstle@cosmas-inc.com
Research Institution
 Brigham Young University
 Juliana Boerio-Goates
 3760 HBLL
Provo, UT, 84602 6844
 (801) 225-4823
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project addresses the scale-up to kilogram quantities of a novel university laboratory solid-state method of synthesizing metal oxide and metal nanoparticles by mixing common chemical starting materials and baking the resulting precursor material at modest temperatures; and the dispersment of the loosely agglomerated particles for commercial applications. The synthetic method will be, low cost, environmentally friendly and will yield high quality materials. Commercial applications include coatings for abrasion, ultraviolet radiation and heat protection. Because of their small size, high crystallinity and purity, applications as catalysts are being explored. Also, because of their crystallinity, the particles retain the properties (e.g., magnetism) of the bulk material which can be useful for applications as diverse as medical imaging contrast agents and electronic memory. Metal oxide or metal nanoparticles can be made of any transition metal, actinide or lanthanide which can also be doped with metals from Groups I and II, and they can be made with any combination of any number of these metals in any stoichiometric ratio, hence these limitless new compositions are finding unique applications in fuel cells, batteries, catalysts, etc.

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