Functionalized Double-Walled Nanotubes for High Performance Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0590
Agency Tracking Number: N064-031-0515
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T031
Solicitation Number: N/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
 rloutfy@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: C.E.O.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
 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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