Nano Structured Flame Retardant Replacement for Pentabde

Award Information
Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
EP-D-06-048
Award Id:
79831
Agency Tracking Number:
EP-D-06-048
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2721-D Merrilee Dr., Fairfax, VA, 22031
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
167433531
Principal Investigator:
RRadhakrishnan
Manager - Technology Development
(703) 560-1371
radha@matmod.com
Business Contact:
TSudarshan
President and CEO
(703) 560-1871
sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Unregulated dioxin-like polybrominated diphenyl ether - PBDE, in particular PentaBDE commonly used as a fire retardants in furniture foam and plastic consumer goods are spreading rapidly in the environment with levels in the human system doubling every 5 years. While many European countries have already banned the use of PentaDBE in foams, there is a growing public demand in the USA to replace this chemical with more environmentally benign flame retardants. In this Phase I effort, Materials Modifications, Inc. proposes to employ the principles of Nanotechnology to prepare a potent halogen-free, fire retardant additive that may be added to thermosetting plastics and foams to impart fire resistance to them, without affecting the plastics inherent properties. MMI¿s in-house experience and expertise with nanomaterials will be employed in preparing the nano-hybrid composite and Phase I will prove the ability of the fire retardant additive in conferring fire resistance to Polyurethane. The nano-hybrid fire resistant additive proposed will server to overcome the shortcomings of existing materials such as toxic/halogenated compounds and chemical that require high loading. The proposed synergy of nano-chemistry and coating technology will unleash a plethora of new applications in addition to fine-tuning the existing expertise in the fields of fire management and control.

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