SBIR Phase II: Combinatorial Development of Chitosan-Based Drilling Fluid Additives

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0321657
Agency Tracking Number: 0214663
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
106 Board Road Box 53631 (70505), Lafayette, LA, 70508
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andre' Blanchard
 (318) 232-1977
Business Contact
 Andre' Blanchard
Phone: (337) 232-1977
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase II project proposes to use simple chemistries to develop biopolymer derivatives based on chitosan with controlled macromolecular architectures for oil and gas drilling applications. This Phase II project will focus on the following objectives : (1) Show how chemistries common in food processing can be extended for the simple and safe modification of polymers ; (2) Use data on rheological characterization to better understand the structure-property relations of polymers; (3) Use the proposed high throughput screening to demonstrate how combinatorial screening can be adapted to materials development ; and (4) develop an entirely new class of high performance and environmentally-friendly products for oil and gas drilling. The commercial application of this project is in the area of industrial bioproducts.

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