Novel Energetic Polymers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A082-036-1811
Amount: $69,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-036
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
NANOHMICS, INC.
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
DUNS: 100651798
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
 Keith Jamison
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: kjamison@nanohmics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Energetic polymers find use in a myriad of military and commercial applications. Among the most commonly used formulations are the nitrate esters, which have reasonably high energy densities. However, the inherent instability of nitrate esters requires formulations to include stabilizers. Unfortunately, under the harsh storage conditions frequently experienced by many military systems, the current stabilizers used in nitrate esters are consumed too quickly, and the propellants become prematurely unsafe. Regular monitoring of stabilizer concentration is necessary to ensure the safety of our troops. We propose to synthesize novel energetic polymers containing only the environmentally friendly elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. These new polymers will be flexible, non-crystalline, and robust with a high energy content and densities greater than 1.25 g/cm3. The polymers will also be fabricated to be insensitive to mechanical stimuli such as impact, friction, and electrostatic discharge.

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