Innovative Nano-Graphitic Obscurant Aerosols

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-13-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A121-049-0104
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-049
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
220 W. Campus Ct., Unit D, Ar, IL, 60004-1479
DUNS: 830920448
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Igor Barsukov
 Manager R&D / C&D
 (847) 414-6788
Business Contact
 Mayya Barsukov
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (847) 481-0751
Research Institution
American Energy Technologies Co., a woman-owned small business concern of Illinois, will partner with Lockheed Martin MS2-Eagan, and with A.J. Drexel University, in order to develop and field an innovative manufacturing process for synthesis of highly conductive nanosized graphitic materials. A two-pronged approach towards making a desired graphitic particle architecture, which measures 20 nm x 5 micron, will be sought. Both methods will start off with a purified flake graphite, which will be air milled to 5 microns in the initial step. Flakes will then go via two different routes through a series of steps of intercalation, exfoliation and subsequent delamination until the desired thickness of particle is achieved. Resultant product will be compressed to 50% theoretical density, and then dispersed into obscurant clouds with high loading of discrete nanoparticles. Cloud"s IR attenuation will be assessed by FTIR. The objective of the effort is to develop new generation, low cost and environmentally benign obscurant materials, packaging and employment techniques, which would provide reduced toxicological footprint, while ensuring efficient simultaneous disguise in the visible and infrared regions of electromagnetic spectrum.

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