STTR Phase I: Superhydrophobic Corrosion Resistant Coatings

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0638146
Agency Tracking Number: 0638146
Amount: $149,033.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
1000 Westgate Drive, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Saint Paul, MN, 55114
DUNS: 148070860
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Laurie Lawin
 (651) 209-9757
Business Contact
 Kristin Taton
Title: PhD
Phone: (651) 209-9757
Research Institution
 Univ MN Twin Cities
 William H Smyrl
 Corrosion Research Center
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 1321
 (612) 625-0717
 Nonprofit college or university
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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