Corrosion Protection via Novel Hydrophobic Powder Coating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-07-M-0198
Agency Tracking Number: F071-324-0545
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-324
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
130 North Main Street, Suite 600, Butte, MT, 59701
DUNS: 836287680
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Milan Ivosevic
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 497-5242
Business Contact
 Lawrence Farrar
Title: President
Phone: (406) 497-5252
Research Institution
Resodyn Corporation proposes a super-hydrophobic coating solution mimicking the Lotus leaf effect for corrosion protection of US Air Force support equipment exposed to highly corrosive environment while residing in the Southwest Asia. It is expected that highly hydrophobic coatings will enhance corrosion protection of the equipment by improving moisture barrier properties and preventing corrosive soils from fusing to surface of the AF support equipment. The total coating solution includes: (i) production of hydrophobic composite powder based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nano-technology; (ii) Resodyn Corporation's proprietary powder coating technology; and (iii) know-how for applying dense and adherent VOC-free coatings with thicknesses anywhere between 100 microns to 5 mm. Ultra-hydrophobic coatings were produced using micro- and nano-structured surface topologies combined with low energy surface chemistry. Preliminary results indicated that the proposed coating material based on functionalized copolymer matrix alloyed with POSS molecules can exhibit super-hydrophobic properties including a water contact angle of up to 150 degrees and self cleaning characteristics.

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