Novel Biodegradable Food Packaging Material

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC21P
Agency Tracking Number:
075511
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
X13.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Materials Modification, Inc.
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031-4429
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
167433531
Principal Investigator:
Ramachandran Radhakrishnan
Principal Investigator
(703) 560-1371
radha@matmod.com
Business Contact:
Tirumalai Sudarshan
Business Official
(703) 560-1371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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