Novel Biodegradable Food Packaging Material

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC21P
Agency Tracking Number: 075511
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: X13.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031-4429
DUNS: 167433531
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ramachandran Radhakrishnan
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 560-1371
Business Contact
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Research Institution
As manned-space exploration missions are pursued further beyond low-Earth orbit, such as to the Moon or Mars, crewmembers must be supplied with good quality food to provide a complete diet over a period of three years or more. Current food-packaging materials result in major solid-waste management issues. Novel food packaging materials that will eliminate or reduce solid waste while preserving the quality of the food are required for long-term space travel and stay. Materials Modification, Inc. (MMI) proposes to develop a biodegradable packaging material that can be used to transport and store foodstuff during extended space travel and stay. A nanocomposite will be developed that will be mechanically strong, resistant to microbes and possess good barrier properties during period of use, biodegradable beyond the useful period, and microwave-safe.

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