STTR Phase I: Superhydrophobic Corrosion Resistant Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,033.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0638146
Agency Tracking Number:
0638146
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Isurtec
1000 Westgate Drive, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Saint Paul, MN, 55114
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
148070860
Principal Investigator:
Laurie Lawin
Dr
(651) 209-9757
llawin@isurtec.com
Business Contact:
Kristin Taton
PhD
(651) 209-9757
ktaton@isurtec.com
Research Institution:
Univ MN Twin Cities
William H Smyrl
Corrosion Research Center
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 1321
(612) 625-0717
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will demonstrate improved corrosion resistance of iron and aluminum alloys by coating the alloys with a durable superhydrophobic coating. The corrosion of metal has a major effect on the economy of industrial nations. The costs associated with corrosion are in the billions of dollars annually. The superhydrophobic coating is a highly water repellent coating that is composed of hydrophobic chemicals and nano-sized particles. The coating is applied onto the metal surface to create a hydrophobic surface that is nanotextured. The presence of water plays an integral role in most metal corrosion processes and the nanotextured hydrophobic thin film prevents liquid water from wetting/adhering to the metal surface. In addition to the use of the superhydrophobic coating for metal corrosion protection, the use of a primer layer that is applied underneath the superhydrophobic coating is examined. The primer layers to be investigated are known to have metal adhesion and anti-corrosion properties. The anti-corrosion properties of the superhydrophobic coatings will be evaluated using electrochemical techniques.

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