Modified Ionic Liquid-Based High-Performance Lubricants for Robotic Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG32P
Agency Tracking Number: 104310
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X7.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505-5245
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rashmi Dalvi
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Title: Business Official
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution
NASA requires a highly efficient lubrication system for robotic operations, which will withstand very low temperatures (20 K) and other rigors of outer space and planetary surface operations. Building on prior experience in the materials area, InnoSense LLC (ISL) and an experienced consultant will formulate ionic liquid (IL)-based lubricants that will be not only thermally resistant but also compatible with a variety of raw materials for potential NASA-relevant lubricant formulation. Phase I tasks are designed to develop a library of these lubricant formulations by synthesizing and testing according to specified durability metrics. During Phase I, ISL will demonstrate the proof of concept by formulating IL-based lubricants and evaluating physical properties, coefficient of friction, and thermal tolerance. The Phase II project will focus on optimizing a line of IL-based lubricant formulations, fine-tuning physical properties at extreme temperatures, and investigating electrical applications.

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