SBIR Phase I: Elastomer matrix nanocomposites reinforced with pseudoelastic metal nanowires

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$150,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
0944152
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
NSF 09-541
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0944152
Solicitation Topic Code:
NM
Small Business Information
TECHNOVA CORPORATION
3927 Dobie Road, OKEMOS, MI, 48864
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
015442887
Principal Investigator
 Anagi Balachandra
 DPhil
 (517) 485-9583
 tchnv@aol.com
Business Contact
 Anagi Balachandra
Title: DPhil
Phone: (517) 485-9583
Email: tchnv@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to develop pseudoelastic metal nanowires to produce elastomer matrix nanocomposites which provide desired combinations of electrical conductivity, stiffness, strength, deformation capacity, and cost for various applications. The proposed Phase I research will: (i) synthesize pseudoelastic metal nanowires, and produce elastomer matrix nanocomposites; (ii) Evaluate the structure and key properties of elastomer matrix/nanowire nanocomposites; (iii) Assess the technical merits and competitive promise of the technology; and (iv) Devise and verify strategies for improving the structure and properties of nanocomposites. Pseudoelastic nanowire/elastomer matrix nanocomposites promise enhanced elastomeric constitutive behavior, high electrical conductivity (at various strains), and improved thermo-mechanical performance for use in morphing UAV skins, conductive adhesives/seals, electromagnetic shielding of mobile electronics, and electrostatic automotive painting. The nanocomposites could be designed to offer improved barrier and tribological attributes, and high levels of hydro-thermal, chemical and UV resistance for enhanced longevity in these applications.

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