Polyolefin-Nanocrystal Composites for Radiation Shielding

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,976.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CF31P
Agency Tracking Number:
084671
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
076603836
Principal Investigator:
Jane Bertone
Principal Investigator
(781) 769-9450
bertone@eiclabs.com
Business Contact:
David Rauh
Business Official
(781) 769-9450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
EIC Laboratories Inc. is proposing a lightweight multifunctional polymer/nanoparticle composite for radiation shielding during long-duration lunar missions. Isolated nanoparticles homogeneously dispersed throughout the polymer reinforce polymer matrices relative to conventional powder dispersion. This will enable the exploitation of the high hydrogen density of the polyolefin while improving the mechanical and structural properties of polymer composites used in radiation shielding. The goal of this program is to demonstrate that hydrogen dense polyolefins loaded with neutron shielding nanoparticles demonstrate improved shielding and mechanical properties relative to commercially available alternatives. In Phase I, polyolefin/nanoparticle-shielding composites will be fabricated and characterized for thermal, mechanical, and particle dispersion properties relative to commercial products.

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