STTR Phase I: Process to Produce Powder Metal Fluorides

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$149,993.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637577
Agency Tracking Number:
0637577
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
MI
Solicitation Number:
NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
Nano-Electrochem, Inc.
2501 N. Loop Drive, Ames, IA, 50010
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
622993355
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Tipton
 Dr
 (503) 269-5460
 andrewtipton@nano-electrochem.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Tipton
Phone: (515) 243-9023
Email: andrewtipton@nano-electrochem.com
Research Institution
 OR State Univ
 Michael M Lerner
 207 Gilbert Hall
Corvallis, OR, 97331 4003
 (541) 737-6747
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop a novel chemistry to prepare metal fluorides by the direct reaction of metals with fluorocarbons. The new process is highly suited to the manufacture of: (1) wires for optical communications; (2) high-surface-area metal fluoride catalysts used in the generation of fluoropolymers; and, (3) optical thin films such as anti-reflective coatings. The final example represents an $8 billion market at this time. As compared with the deposition methods presently employed by industry, the chemistry proposed is inherently cheaper and faster; in addition it does not use the extremely hazardous reagents that are now required. The project aims to involve under-represented students as interns, and to support the retention of these and other graduates in Iowa by helping to build a high tech research base in the state.

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