Boron Nanotubes for Ultra High Strength Light Weight Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-08-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: A072-031-1821
Amount: $119,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: A07-031
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
400 E Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ, 08873
Duns: 042939277
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mohit Jain
 Senior Scientist
 (732) 868-3141
Business Contact
 Ganesh Skandan
Title: CEO
Phone: (732) 868-3141
Research Institution
Boron Nanotubes (BNTs) have been predicted to have characteristics that are distinctively different than those of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), particularly with respect to physical and chemical properties. However, the development of BNTs is still in its infancy due to the lack of research performed in synthesizing BNTs. We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of synthesizing BNTs using a novel two-step process. The key innovation proposed here is to utilize a precursor structure of boron that will transform readily to BNTs. Further, an aspect of the proposed technology will allow long-term storage of BNTs by preventing any oxidation due to exposure to ambient atmosphere. In Phase I, phase pure and high purity BNTs will be synthesized and characterized for structural and chemical purity, which will result in the development of a protocol for synthesizing BNTs under optimized conditions. Additionally, the dispersabilty of BNTs, which is one of the critical parameters that determines the commercialization potential of BNTs, will be studied. Commercialization and scale-up plans will be developed during Phase I, and implemented in Phase II. A pilot scale system for the synthesis of BNTs will be delivered to the ARMY at the end of Phase II.

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