Ionic Lubricants incorporating nanomaterials.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0133
Agency Tracking Number: F045-018-0278
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T018
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
501 Deacon Blvd. Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105
DUNS: 041336913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Czerw
 Principal Investigator
 (336) 403-7762
Business Contact
 Richard Czerw
Title: President
Phone: (336) 403-7762
Research Institution
 Wake Forest University
 Lori Messer
 Research & Sponsored Programs
Winston-Salem, NC, 27109
 (336) 758-4910
 Nonprofit college or university
Ionic liquids could be an important component in green engineering. They are salts that are liquid at ambient temperature, and they possess attractive features as green lubricants such as very low vapor pressure and non-flammability. In contrast to many conventional solvents, ionic liquids produce virtually no hazardous or flammable vapors. NanoTechLabs Inc. and Wake Forest University will synthesize and evaluate ionic liquid / carbon nanotube based lubricants using unique cations based on chiral imidazoliums as a basis for the lubricant. The presence of chiral centers in the alkyl substituents in combination with chiral anions in a salt will provide a mixture of diastereomers depressing the melting point of the salt further and preventing crystallization. Single wall nanotubes will be incorporated into the ionic lubricants to impart lower friction coefficients and enhanced thermal stability. It is anticipated that carbon nanotubes will affect the molecular ordering of the lubricant, and the amount of induced long-range orientation will be characterized as a function of the nanotube length and dispersion.

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