Carbon Based Nano-Additives for Chemically and Biologically Protective Polymeric Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F08637-03-C-6018
Agency Tracking Number:
C031-0304
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
Mohammed Abdelkader
Principal Investigator
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Project ? is primarily to investigate the chemical and biological protective properties of nano-additives in bulk and in polymers. Conventional chemical and biological protective materials are based onactivated carbon, polymers and their combinations. Their mechanism of protection is based on adsorption and impermeability, respectively, and does not neutralize chemical and biological threats. In saturated chemical and biological environments thesematerials usually fail. The combination of advanced carbon based nanoparticles, and advanced formulations with polymers have the potential to alleviate the strength of these composites and improve their protective and reactive response to chemical andbiological toxic agents. Several formulations of these carbon based nano-additives with and without polymeric binders have the potential to react with electrophilic chemical warfare agents, inhibit the growth of bacteria and microorganisms, andneutralize viruses. Carbon based nano-additives and polymeric nano-composites will be developed and tested for their reactivity, reversibility, fast response to different chemical and biological threats. Low cost carbon based nano-additives with ultrahigh adsorption and reactive protection against toxic chemicals, and microorganisms. They yield ultra-light weight polymeric nanocomposites with improved strength, structural stability and protective properties for diverse chemical, biological, radiation,and high impact threats.

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