Ultrahigh Loading of Carbon Nanotubes in Structural Resins for Advanced Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0328
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-017-0350
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T017
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
3233 Andora Drive, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198
DUNS: 622797327
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 R. Chris Doty
 Senior Scientist
 (734) 763-8768
Business Contact
 Elvira Stesikova
Title: Research Manager
Phone: (734) 945-8131
Email: elvira@nico-technologies.com
Research Institution
 Nicholas A Kotov
 2300 Hayward,
Chemical Engineering
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
 (734) 763-8768
 Nonprofit college or university
This project will develop a new family of composites from single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with loading equal or above 50%. A proprietary version of layer-by-layer assembly (LBL) technology will be applied to composite manufacturing of SWNTs combined with poly(ether ether ketone)(PEEK). The layers of polymer and SWNTs will be build-up on the substrate and then released to characterize the material in respect to structure, nanotube dispersion state, and mechanical properties. Using nanoscale engineering the structure of the LBL composite will be adjusted to exceed the record properties that we obtained previous for layered SWNT composites. Large scale coupons will be made using the method of fast LBL. The mechanical properties of the large scale samples will be evaluated and optimized.

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