Graphene for Expandable Space Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CE47P
Agency Tracking Number: 105620
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X5.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
NJ, Piscataway, NJ, 08854-3723
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Willner
 Principal Investigator
 (732) 302-9274
 bwillner@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Bruce Willner
Title: Senior Engineer
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: bwillner@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Graphene's tightly bonded impermeable single atomic layer of carbon offers unrivalled potential for lightweight flexible gas barrier applications. Graphene has been shown to be conductive, durable, flexible, and impermeable, ideal for wall material of inflatable space structures. SMI proposes to demonstrate the material as the principal material in impermeable gas/vacuum barrier fabrics for expandable space habitats and structures, and develop a low cost roll-to-roll production process. In Phase I, SMI produce 10x10cm graphene films and characterize them and refine the process for web production. SMI will also design a flexible, lightweight graphene-based multilayer barrier structure for space applications. In Phase II, the graphene roll-to-roll production will be developed and graphene-based flexible multi-layer impermeable barriers will be demonstrated.

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