SBIR Phase I: Manufacturing Technology for Microstructured Hydrophobic Surfaces

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945386
Agency Tracking Number:
0945386
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Hoowaki LLC
511 Westinghouse Road, Center for Applied Technology, Pendleton, SC, 29670
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830025040
Principal Investigator:
Ralph Hulseman
MS
(864) 238-5631
ralphhulseman@hoowaki.com
Business Contact:
Ralph Hulseman
MS
(864) 238-5631
ralphhulseman@hoowaki.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation research Phase I project is to develop flexible, elastic, superhydrophobic surfaces with a technology that physically transforms surfaces by molding microstructures into base polymers, ceramics or metals on a large scale. Uniquely the surfaces may be highly elastic and flexible; and, the process can manufacture surfaces having multiple structures of different sizes and shapes. Development and implementation of the proposed manufacturing process will provide a method of manufacturing multi-scale and multi-functional surfaces from every day, low cost materials suitable for consumer products. The work could impact transportation safety (tires, airplanes), low-cost green energy (solar panels, wind turbine blades), improved health (medical devices), increased safety (tool grips, first responder tools) and enjoyment (sports products).

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