Functionalized Double-Walled Nanotubes for High Performance Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-08-C-0590
Award Id:
77917
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-031-0515
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
RaoufLoutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
JamesWithers
C.E.O.
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institute:
NEW MEXICO INST. OF MINING & TECH.
Bhaskar S Majumdar
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM, 87801
(505) 835-5152
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Based on Phase I results that have shown the feasibility of creating exceptionally strong polymer matrix composites (PMCs) reinforced by MER's as-produced double walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs), the Phase II program will be focused on optimizing the chemical vapor deposition synthesis of DWNTs, modifying the surface of nanotubes for chemical compatibility with a particular polymer matrix and optimizing the fabrication of PMCs aimed at further improvement of mechanical properties. The state of the tube surface will be characterized in detail and possibilities for covalent linking to the matrix explored for developing ultimate strong interface and eventually composites with highly competitive properties. The innovative techniques for manufacturing DWNT mats and their incorporation into polymer matrixes of interest will be further refined to obtain laminated PMCs with high nanotube load and mechanically isotropic properties for producing commercially viable structural nanocomposites.

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