A Novel One-Step Synthesis of BN Nanotubes for Structural Components

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS3-03020
Award Id:
62161
Agency Tracking Number:
023918
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
T.SSudarshan
Principal Investigator
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Business Contact:
T. S.Sudarshan
President & CEO
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are considered suitable for use in components for high-strength structural composites used in spacecrafts. However, structurally similar boron nitride (BN) nanotubes that promise both mechanical and electronic superiority over CNTs have not been studied in great detail so far due to the absence of facile preparative techniques. BN nanotubes exhibit good mechanical strength, chemical resistance and heat tolerance and have been predicted to be better reinforcing material than even CNTs for structural polymers. MMI proposes to utilize its expertise in nanotechnology to develop a novel one-step process for synthesizing boron nitride nanotubes in morphologically pure form. Phase I will be used to develop the synthetic technique for BN nanotubes and test epoxy samples impregnated with the BN nanotubes prepared. Phase II will involve fabrication of prototype parts using the BN-epoxy and establishment of its superiority over CNT- and other fiber-reinforced polymers that are currently used in the fabrication of high-performance parts.

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