Super-oleophobic/hydrophobic Coatings for Non-stick, Self-Cleaning Textiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-09-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: A083-184-0290
Amount: $69,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-184
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dolly Batra
 Senior Chemist
 (617) 498-5926
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Research Institution
The development of self-cleaning military uniforms, specifically ones that repel both water and oil based contaminants, can significantly reduce the U.S. military’s logistical and economic burden due to frequent laundering. TIAX proposes to develop a textile coating that can impart super-hydrophobicity and super-oleophobicity to various fabrics, allowing garments to repel both aqueous and organic soiling agents. To accomplish this, we will ensure that the omniphobic textile contains both a physical nanotexture as well as a chemical liquid repellency, both of which are crucial in developing textiles with stable non-wetting properties. In addition, our chemically-treated, nanotextured coating will have a robust adherence to the textile and not interfere with other important textile characteristics such as its permeability, tensile strength and abrasion resistance. By using a scalable process, we will create a manufacturable solution which can be economically integrated into numerous Army garments.

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