A Novel Processing Technique for the Large-Scale Production of Red Phosphorus

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40570
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1998
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Sumit Guha
 (520) 574-1980
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Research Institution
Current techniques for the production of red phosphorus powders cannot produce 5¿m size powders while maintaining a pure surface. Two new processing techniques are suggested that are capable of processing red phosphorus into powders 5¿m or smaller in size. These techniques have been demonstrated with conventional metals and alloys but not with phosphorus. One important advantage of these processing techniques is their ability to apply a surface passivation layer on these powders in-situ, since 5¿m size or smaller phosphorus powders present a fire hazard. The passivation layers proposed here will provide a dual-benefit namely keep the powders inert during handling in ambient atmosphere while also adding to the fire retardant capabilities. The Phase I program will establish feasibility of processing by both techniques. The quality of powders produced as well as the processing costs will be utilized to narrow down the processing into one selected approach at the end of Phase I.

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