LUBRICANTS AND POLYMERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4108
Amount: $49,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Martek Corp
9115 Guilford Rd, Columbia, MD, 21046
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR DAVID J KYLE
 (301) 490-2566
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
PERDEUTERATED SYNTHETIC OILS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SHOWN TO EXHIBIT EXCEPTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS IN TERMS OF STABILITY TO HIGH TEMPERATURES AND OXIDIZING ENVIRONMENTS. IN SPITE OF THESE ADVANTAGES, THE HIGH COSTS OF CHEMICAL PERDEUTERATION HAVE RESTRICTED THE USE OF THESE COMPOUNDS TO CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH INSTRUMENT "DOWN-TIME" DUE TO LUBRICANT FAILURE IS VERY COSTLY OR A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES THE FEASIBILITY OF A BIOTECHNOLOGICAL METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF PERDEUTERATED OILS. THE OLEOGENIC MICROALGA NEOCHLORIS OLEOABUNDANS WILL BE GROWN AUTOTROPHICALLY IN DEUTERIUM OXIDE.THE PERDEUTERATED BIO-OIL EXTRACTED FROM THESE ALGAE WILL BE USED AS A FEEDSTOCK FOR THE CHEMICAL PRODUCTION OF A PERDEUTERATED POLYOL ESTER LUBRICANT (PENTAERYTHRITOL TETRANONANOATE) AND A PERDEUTERATED POLYAMIDE, (NYLON-9). WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE REDUCED COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DIODEUTERATION BY GROWTH OF OLEOGENIC MICROALGAE IN D20 COULD REDUCE THE COST (THEREBY INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY) OF THESE LUBRICANTS AND POLYMERS.

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