Highly Efficient Engineered Obscurant Nanomaterials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-13-C-0003
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A12A-024-0063
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12a-T024
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
TX, College Station, TX, 77845-6023
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
184758308
Principal Investigator:
BikasVaidya
Sr. Scientist
(979) 764-2200
bikas.vaidya@lynntech.com
Business Contact:
G.Hisaw
Sr. Contracts Administrator
(979) 764-2218
renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institute:
New Mexico State University
Nita Fernandez
Office of Grants and Contracts
Las Cruces, NM, 88003-
(575) 646-2142

Abstract
Obscurant materials are used by the Army to protect both the soldier as well as military physical assets. Several obscuration systems have been developed over the years to defeat threats in all areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. Current obscurant materials typically consist of off-the-shelf or processed metal particles or flakes in which key properties such as particle size and aspect ratio are poorly defined or difficult to control. This lack of defined particle properties renders the tuning or control of attenuation properties difficult, in both the infrared and other regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Furthermore, current smokes have significant environmental persistence that may pose health hazards. Thus, there is a critical need for new obscurant materials with enhanced properties. To address the need for an effective obscurant, Lynntech, in collaboration with the New Mexico State University, is proposing to develop scalable methods for fabrication of environmentally friendly, non-toxic and highly efficient obscurants based on conductive polymer nano-materials. The goals of the Phase I research will be to develop novel processes and methodologies to produce highly efficient infrared obscurant materials, and to determine their electromagnetic wave interaction and optimization of their attenuation and scattering efficiency.

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