SBIR Phase I: Flexible Hybrid Aerogels as High Performance Insulation Materials

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637942
Agency Tracking Number: 0637942
Amount: $99,916.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS INC
30 FORBES RD, BLDG B, Suite 400, NORTHBOROUGH, MA, 01532
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JeKyun Lee
 PhD
 (508) 466-3119
 jekyun@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 JeKyun Lee
Title: PhD
Phone: (508) 466-3119
Email: jekyun@aerogel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop nanostructured, flexible, inorganic-organic hybrid aerogel composite insulation materials. The proposed material will combine the typical advantages of organic polymers with the advantages of inorganic aerogels, exhibiting excellent flexibility, toughness, durability, and hardness, coupled with the low density and superior thermal insulation properties associated with nanoporous aerogels. The proposed flexible hybrid aerogel composites will provide superior lightweight, thermal insulation suitable for many commercial, aerospace, and military markets with specific applications in outdoor sports apparel, spacesuits, military uniforms, and firefighter suits working in harsh environmental conditions. The proposed hybrid aerogel composites will reduce the weight of conventional insulation materials, reducing fatigue of the wearer without sacrificing insulation performance. Furthermore, increasing the insulation factor of the garment will allow longer durations in harsh environments, offering longer and greater protection from the elements. Additionally, the proposed aerogel composites can be recycled for use as impact modifiers and/or fillers for conventional plastics.

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