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Biotemplating for Synthesis of Metal Nanorods Used In Infrared Obscuration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-19-P-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A171-058-1311
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-058
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-01-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-15
Small Business Information
4878 Ronson CT STE K, San Diego, CA, 92111
DUNS: 159070825
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Holecek
 Senior Scientist
 (858) 565-4227
Business Contact
 Steven Oldenburg
Phone: (858) 565-4227
Research Institution
In this Phase I SBIR, technology to cost-effectively fabricate infrared absorbing nanorods will be developed. Biologically produced high-aspect ratio templates will be surface modified and subsequently coated with a thin metal shell. The nanorods will have well controlled lengths and diameters that are optimized to have a strong resonance in the long wavelength infrared atmospheric transmission window (8 to 12 micron). A variety of biological candidates will be investigated to identify substrates that have the correct geometry and can be economically produced at large scales. The biologically derived templates will then be coated with a thin and uniform conductive metal shell. The surface of the conductive nanorods will be further modified with coatings that reduce agglomeration and maximize the extinction coefficient during dispersal. Optimized formulations will be provided to the Army for testing.

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