Environmentally-Friendly Anti-Fouling Coverglass for Bio-Optical Sensors and Solar Panels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0202
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-81
Amount: $299,935.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc.
6201 East Oltorf Street, #400, Austin, TX, 78741
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Patterson
 Senior Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
 dpatterson@nanohmics.com
Business Contact
 Steve Savoy
Title: Vice President, R & D
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
During a successful Phase I feasibility study, Nanohmics¿ scientists were able to incorporate environmentally-friendly algaecides into hard, optical quality polymers for use as coverglass materials. These transparent coverglass materials stopped all marine algae growth on the glass for well over a month. The Phase II development will further this research by incorporating natural product and/or environmentally-friendly algaecides and pesticides into a novel optical quality polymer. This newly developed polymer has the optical qualities of polycarbonate and yet exhibits nearly a 40% increase over polycarbonate¿s impact resistance and enhanced resistance to UV aging. The advanced coverglass material will be fully developed for commercial production and tested in laboratory and actual marine environments for optical, physical, and anti-biofoulding properties as well as for their impact on the environment.

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