All-Polymer Conductive Gap Filler through Liquid Crystal Templating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-5140
Agency Tracking Number: F093-116-0980
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-116
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road, Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Hreha
 Research Scientist
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Stephen VIning
Title: VP Government Programs
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes the further development of conductive liquid crystalline elastomer materials and to demonstrate improved performance of this system as an enabling technology for conductive gap filler in aircraft outer mold line. CRG has already demonstrated the feasibility of conductive liquid crystalline elastomer in prior work and further research will improve the performance of this material system and capitalize on knowledge obtained in previous DoD effort. The proposed conductive elastomers provide the means to enhance performance and increase service life of conductive gap filler through high elasticity, durability, chemical resistance, and low weight, thereby reducing the need for maintenance, increasing mission readiness, and reducing cost. BENEFIT: Operational Benefits: (1) Enhanced durability and conductivity over conventional filled elastomers (2) Reduced weight of conductive elastomer and reduced operating cost, and (3) Processable into final products by conventional molding and injection. Commercial Applications: (1) Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding for wiring and electronics, (2) Electrostatic dissipation of packaging and structural materials, and (3) Flexible electronics.

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