DWNT/Hydrogenated Fullerene Reinforced Polyethylene for Radiation Shielding Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ05JB95C
Agency Tracking Number:
042039
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3.01
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MER Corp
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706-9237
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 Raouf Loutfy
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
 rloutfy@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Manned space exploration requires radiation protection, particularly since the impact of radiation on the health and safety of humans on extended missions is not known. The best material candidates are those with high hydrogen contents and low molecular weight, and thus polymers are excellent choices. However, their thermal stability and mechanical properties need to be improved. MER proposes to achieve this using a combination of DWNT with hydrogenated fullerenes, where the latter can be deposited inside the prior, achieving the so-called "peapod" materials. Developed composites will be characterized for mechanical performance and radiation hardness as a screening tool. Selected composites of varying thickness and composition will be chosen for more comprehensive testing in Phase II.

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