METHOD OF PRODUCING CARBON CLUSTERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11610
Amount: $48,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12421 West 49th Ave #6, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 MICHAEL E. KARPUK
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (303) 422-7819
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NANOMETER-SCALE AGGREGATES OF ORDER 10 TO 100 ATOMS, KNOWN AS CLUSTERS, HAVE GENERATED A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST IN RECENT YEARS DUE TO THEIR POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS AS CATALYSTS, OPTICAL MATERIALS AND ELECTRONIC MATERIALS. STABLE CLUSTERS OF CARBON HAVE BEEN OBSERVED AND A UNIQUE SPHERICAL STRUCTURE SIMILAR TO THAT OF A SOCCER BALL HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THEM. CARBON CLUSTERS ARE GIVEN THE NAME FULLERENES AFTER THE MOST HIGHLY SYMMETRICAL ONE KNOWN AS BUCKMINSTERFULLERENE, C60. FULLERENES ARE INTERESTING BOTH FROM AN ACADEMIC STANDPOINT AND FOR THEIR POSSIBLE PRACTICALUSES. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WOULD BE THE ONLY SPHERICAL MOLECULES KNOWN WITH AROMATIC STABILITY. FULLERENES HAVE POTENTIAL PRACTICAL USES AS HIGH-TEMPERATURE, OXIDATION-RESISTANT LUBRICANTS AND CATALYSTS. THIS PROPOSAL DETAILS A POSSIBLE METHOD OF ISOLATING RELATIVELY LARGE QUANTITIES OF FULLERENES FOR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF POSSIBLE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. THE METHOD IS RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE AND SIMPLE TO IMPLEMENT.

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