SBIR Phase I: Multi-Activated Shape-Memory Polymers for Cast Immobilization

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740668
Agency Tracking Number: 0740668
Amount: $99,857.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
1575 Northside Drive, Suite 440, Atlanta, GA, 30318
DUNS: 601306413
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Yakacki
 (404) 249-9157
Business Contact
 Christopher Yakacki
Title: PhD
Phone: (404) 249-9157
Research Institution
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop a new material and methodology for cast immobilization of an injured or surgically repaired area. The work focuses on using multi-functional shape-memory polymers with multiple activations to create an adaptive cast. Currently, the shape-memory effect is a singular event and occurs on the acute timescale. The proposed project will attempt to create a tunable shape-memory polymer cast material with the capability of activating at separate events to function on the chronic timescale. The cast material will be developed with the ability to respond to physiological changes associated with post-operative edema. The proposed work will lay the groundwork to create and design other shape-memory medical devices with multiple functionalities. This is relevant to any application that experiences mechanical relaxation or geometrical changes over time. General examples include problems in implant loosening or pediatric development. On a larger market, this work is relevant for the design of multi-functional sensors and actuators.

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