Hydrogenated Nanotubes for Ultra-lightweight, Radiation hardened Thin Composites

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS8-01159
Agency Tracking Number: 013704
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research Cor
7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Raouf Loutfy
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
 rloutfy@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Dr. J C Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The discovery of multiwalled (MWNT) and singlewall (SWNT) carbon nanotubes with their unique structure, electronic and mechanical properties has the potential of creating novel and advanced composite materials. The carbon nanotubes, which are, formed of seamless graphene layers, represent the ideal carbon fiber with Young's moduli that are orders of magnitude higher than other reinforcement materials. This nanoreinforcement can potentially provide the revolutionary advances in ultra-lightweight structures and materials technology required for the broad range of components required for future NASA missions. It proposed to develop nanoreinforcement based on hydrogenated SWNT. The SWNT reinforcement can potentially produce extremely strong ultra-lightweight thin film composites, and the hydrogen in the SWNT will impart unique radiation shielding properties to the composites.

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