Application of a Fused Carbon Nanomaterial Filter for Lunar Dust Abatement

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,718.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA45C
Award Id:
88076
Agency Tracking Number:
075162
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
31 Depot Ave. PO Box 710, Windsor, VT, 05089
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
132500062
Principal Investigator:
Beatrice Iliescu
Principal Investigator
(802) 674-2444
biliescu@seldontech.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Wilson
Business Official
(802) 674-2444
jwilson@seldontech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Seldon Technologies will further test and develop its patented carbon nanotube filtration technology to NASA's Lunar Exploration challenges. This project focuses on the problem of efficient removal of nanoscale (10-100nm) and larger lunar dust particulates from air using a nanostructured fiber media containing carbon nanotubes. Lunar dust presents an important challenge to Lunar exploration and habitation, nonetheless it has some unique properties that can be taken advantage of in designing specialized filtration media capable of achieving efficient removal from air. As demonstrated in Phase I, rough surface shape combined with the electrically and magnetically charged nature of the dust means that rough, electrically activated filtration media will be effective tools for filtration. Seldon's work with its proprietary fused carbon nanotube media offers a unique path to significant new purification applications that meet important needs for NASA's Lunar Exploratory Initiatives. The unique physical properties of the carbon nanotubes will be capitalized upon to create a filtration media with high efficiency and low pressure drop that can be electrically powered to enhance filtration of charged lunar dust particles.

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