Radiation Resistant Elastomer Containing POSS, Phenylsiloxane and Ce(IV) Compositions for a Space Solar Cell Adhesive

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-08-M-0010
Agency Tracking Number: F073-095-0738
Amount: $99,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-095
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
1910 West St. Andrews Road, Midland, MI, 48640
DUNS: 933678369
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jin Hu
 Senior Associate Scientist
 (989) 832-5590
Business Contact
 Robert Nowak
Title: President
Phone: (989) 832-5590
Email: nowak@oxazogen.com
Research Institution
There is an unmet need for an adhesive for advanced multiple-junction space solar cells to provide improved long-term resistance to electron, proton and UV radiation, while maintaining high transparency over the range of 400 nm to 2000 nm. The adhesive must also provide robust adhesion to the solar cell and cover glass in order to avoid delamination caused by the extreme thermal cycles of space. Oxazogen proposes a multiply-functionalized low Tg elastomer containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), phenylsiloxane and Ce(IV) compositions for this application. The combination of POSS, phenylsiloxane and Ce(IV) compositions will lead to improved proton, electron and VUV/UV resistance, and enable the maintenance of high transparency over the range of 400 nm to 2000 nm for an extended life time. The adhesive will also have outstanding adhesion to the solar cells and cover glass due to the incorporation of multiple adhesive functionalities.

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