Synthesis of Nano Composite Super Thermites with Tunable Energy Release

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,936.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-07-C-0016
Award Id:
77273
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-058-0891
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
204 Engineering Building North, Missouri Innovatio, Columbia, MO, 65211
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
148835619
Principal Investigator:
Keshab Gangopadhyay
President, NEMS/MEMS Works, LLC
(573) 356-9459
gangopadhyayk@missouri.edu
Business Contact:
Keshab Gangopadhyay
President, NEMS/MEMS Works, LLC
(573) 356-9459
gangopadhyayk@missouri.edu
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing novel nanoenergetic composites composed of nanoengineered thermites (mainly, copper oxide, iron oxide and Al-nanoparticles) together with other additives. The synthesis of these composites will be achieved by surfactant templating and self-assembly processes. We propose a process that will result in gram quantities of these quantities in the form of copper oxide nanorods and nanowells in Phase I. We also propose to reduce the ESD sensitivity of Al nanoparticles. Our method will deliver nanoenergetic materials with tunable characteristics such as burn rate velocity, pressure and temperature for various applications. We plan to scale-up kilogram quantities of these composites in Phase II and Phase III with guidance of US Army ARDEC, Picatinny and help from other collaborators. The novel nanoenergetic composites will have promising military applications as green primers, low energy ignition, propellants and explosives as well as many civilian applications as various MEMS devices ( shock wave generators, microthrusters etc.), medical applications and oil exploration.

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