SBIR Phase I: Manufacturing Technology for Microstructured Hydrophobic Surfaces

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945386
Agency Tracking Number: 0945386
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: NM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
511 Westinghouse Road, Center for Applied Technology, Pendleton, SC, 29670
DUNS: 830025040
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ralph Hulseman
 (864) 238-5631
Business Contact
 Ralph Hulseman
Title: MS
Phone: (864) 238-5631
Research Institution
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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