Ultrahigh Loading of DWNTs for Advanced Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0326
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-017-0407
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T017
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 RAOUF LOUTFY
 President
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
 RICE UNIV.
 Eric Jordan
 Office of Sponsored Research
6100 Main Street, MS-16
Houston, TX, 77251 1892
 (713) 348-4820
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal seeks to develop advanced Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) with ultrahigh loading of carbon nanotubes through a fundamental understanding and overcoming of impediments to their manufacture. On the base of theoretical analysis and experimental investigation of the main obstacles to achieving ultrahigh CNT loading, known from literature and MER’s practice in the area, we intend to create structural PMCs that will far surpass in desirable properties the presently achieved level and maximally utilize the great potential of nanotubes as reinforcement. This will be done by implementing the innovative technologies for incorporating very high loading ratios of double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) in polymer matrices that are already under intense development at MER Corporation and by investigating a set of new approaches to the synthesis, post processing, modification and dispersion of MER’s ultralong DWNTs that will lead to their most effective utilization at that level of ultrahigh loading and by confirming their capability to provide exceptionally high mechanical properties to PMCs.

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