SBIR Phase I: High Performance Polycarbonate Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0419363
Agency Tracking Number: 0419363
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Nanopowder Enterprises, Inc.
201 Circle Drive N., Piscataway, NJ, 08854
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jin Zhu
 PI
 (732) 868-1906
 jzhu@neicorporation.com
Business Contact
 Ganesh Skandan
Phone: (732) 868-1906
Email: skandan@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop high performance polycarbonate nanocomposites. Polycarbonate possess poor abrasion and chemical resistance and shows crazing and cracking upon stress. Incorporation of clay particles in a polymer matrix can overcome above-mentioned problems. However, the major obstacle to successful fabrication of polycarbonate-clay nanocomposites is related to the thermal stability of organoclay. Degradation of organoclay leads to decreased mechanical properties and lowered transparency accompanying with bad color. Nanoparticles are also good additives for improving mechanical properties and abrasion of polymers. The proposed polycarbonate nanocomposites will be used in a wide range of applications, such as automobiles, cell phone, computers and other business equipment, sporting goods, consumer electronics, household appliances, CDs, DVDs, food storage containers and bottles, which require polycarbonate to be hard, stiff, tough and color stable.

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