STTR Phase I: Low-Cost Processing of Nanoporous, Super-Hydrophilic, Multifunctional Coatings for Glass and Plastic Surfaces

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637508
Award Id:
84850
Agency Tracking Number:
0637508
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2531 WEST 237TH ST, STE 127, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, TORRANCE, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114060861
Principal Investigator:
UmaSampathkumaran
Dr
(310) 530-2011
uma.sampathkumaran-1@innosense.us
Business Contact:
KisholoyGoswami
PhD
(310) 530-2011
kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Research Institute:
U of MO Columbia
Shubhra B Gangopadhyay
310 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO, 65211 1230
(573) 882-4070
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project will develop permanent, self-cleaning, anti-fog coatings for plastic and glass surfaces. Fogging on bathroom mirrors is a common phenomenon. Fogging on a moving automotive windshield, however, represents hazardous situation. Fogging often occurs when a cold surface suddenly contacts warm, moist air. Thousands of tiny water droplets condense on the surface. These droplets scatter light in random patterns, causing the surfaces to become translucent or foggy. The proposed research expects to demonstrate the feasibility of a cost-effective, manufacturing technology for durable, nanoporous, super-hydrophilic coatings as a permanent solution to the fogging problem. Complete resistance to fogging is critical in viewing windows, mirrors and windshields of aircraft, military vehicles and automotives and related personal protective gear for the safe operation of these equipments. Potential applications include automotive, aviation, sporting equipment, domestic, military and healthcare sectors. These coatings can be used as abrasion resistant, anti-fog and anti-reflection coatings on both glass and plastic surfaces. Preventing fogging of personal equipment like spectacles, skiing and swimming goggles, and scuba diving gear are other advantages. The proposed research will also offer a good opportunity for the education of postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students. They will be exposed to applied research and trained in chemistry, materials science, and engineering. In addition, they will gain knowledge and experience in developing a commercial product to meet societal and market needs.

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