SBIR Phase I: High Rate Synthesis of Highly Reactive Solvated Metal Atom Dispersion Nanoparticles.

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,853.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0060245
Agency Tracking Number:
0060245
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nantek, Inc.
1500 Hayes Drive, Manhattan, KS, 66502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Slawomir Winecki
(785) 537-0179
slawek@nantek.com
Business Contact:
Robert Rosander
President and CEO
(785) 537-0179
rosander@nantek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I project focuses on the development of a Solvated Metal Atom Dispersion (SMAD) synthesizer for high rate production and eventual commercial adoption of metal nanoparticle materials. Several high value applications (from magnetic tapes to highly reactive catalytic materials) have been identified with corresponding significant commercial interest expressed, yet development of innovative, scalable processes has been a sizeable barrier for commercialization of these important nanotechnologies. During Phase I, several key technical parameters will be optimized including vaporization of multiple precursors, solvent recovery and recycling, as well as nanoparticle formation, separation and purification technologies. At the completion of the Phase I Research, a conceptual design for a continuous scalable synthesizer will be developed. Metallic, bimetallic, organometallic and encapsulated nanoparticles produced by the SMAD process meet a wide range of high value critical needs. Specifically, initial applications of the technology include superior catalysts, magnetic materials including information storage, improved transformer cores, radiation shield and coatings, and ferrofluids, as well as tracers for advanced systems

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