A Combinatorial Approach to Obtain Ultra-High CNT Loading in Multifunctional Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-08-M-0322
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-017-0159
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-T017
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Michael Bortner
Director of Nanomaterials Mnfct.
(540) 953-1785
mbortner@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contract Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
VIRGINIA TECH
Donald G Baird
Dpt. of Chemical Engineering
128 Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA, 24060
(540) 231-5998
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this Navy STTR program is to develop and demonstrate methodologies for ultrahigh loading of carbon nanotubes in thermosetting resins and engineering thermoplastics. A combinatorial approach will be pursued to achieve the STTR goal: partially involving the use of novel molecularly tailored copolymer dispersants, which may have the most impact on thermosetting resin systems, and the second involving use of supercritical CO2 to uniformly disperse nanoparticulates into polymer matrices, which will potentially have the most impact on engineering thermoplastic systems. NanoSonic anticipates that combination of the two technologies will provide a high likelihood for success, resulting in a wide variety of well-dispersed, highly loaded carbon nanotube composites. The proposed materials and manufacturing processes are inherently low cost, environmentally friendly, and extremely effective for fabrication of extremely uniform, well-dispersed nanocomposites for use in numerous Navy engineered structures. Additionally, the proposed materials and processes offer methods to fully realize the benefits of nanomaterial integration into PMCs, resulting in significant enhancements in composite performance, weight and cost reduction, and multifunctional integration, all of which are crucial for Navy and DoD vehicle and structure sustainability.

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