SBIR Phase I: Lens-forming nanocomposites for high strength, clear ophthalmic lenses

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,907.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0740170
Award Id:
88237
Agency Tracking Number:
0740170
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10100 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40299
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
800433331
Principal Investigator:
Thad Druffel
MS
(502) 671-2020
tdruffel@opticaldynamics.com
Business Contact:
Thad Druffel
MS
(502) 671-2020
tdruffel@opticaldynamics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a nanocomposite ophthalmic lens utilizing nanoparticles and UV curable monomers. The objectives are to increase the impact resistance of the lens by 33% and to improve the modulus at elevated temperatures keeping haze to 1% or less while engineering the refractive index to greater than 1.60. The ultra-violet (UV) curable monomers allow for faster polymerization and the nanoparticles will be used to engineer the refractive index; the nanocomposite will be used to engineer mechanical properties. If successful the outcome of this project will produce lighter eyewear and materials with unique mechanical properties to improve the impact and scratch resistance for lenses. The proposed product addresses a significant ophthalmic market; it takes novel material technology directly to the consumer market. Given the sheer number of people using prescription lens it is likely that the product coming out of this research project will have a significant market impact.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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