Synthesis of Nano Composite Super Thermites with Tunable Energy Release

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$119,936.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15QKN-07-C-0016
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-058-0891
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-058
Small Business Information
NEMS/MEMS WORKS,LLC.
204 Engineering Building North, Missouri Innovatio, Columbia, MO, 65211
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
148835619
Principal Investigator
 Keshab Gangopadhyay
 President, NEMS/MEMS Works, LLC
 (573) 356-9459
 gangopadhyayk@missouri.edu
Business Contact
 Keshab Gangopadhyay
Title: President, NEMS/MEMS Works, LLC
Phone: (573) 356-9459
Email: 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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