Development and Commercialization of Nanocomposite Coating Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER90414
Agency Tracking Number: 87020
Amount: $983,606.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 02b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000880
Small Business Information
657 South Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC, 29670-0000
DUNS: 112087726
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey DiMaio
 (864) 903-9009
Business Contact
 Jeffrey DiMaio
Title: Dr.
Phone: (864) 903-9009
Research Institution
There is a Global Safeguards need for tamper-indicating coatings of varying complexity for use in the verification and authentication of nuclear security documents, materials, and equipment; however, current commercial coatings for anti-tampering seals lack the sophistication necessary for quick, accurate, and reliable tamper detection. Tetramer has developed a proprietary family of coating technologies that will be used to optimize advanced coatings for tamper-indicating seals currently in development at Savannah River National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. During Phase I Tetramer demonstrated a chemically and mechanically robust coating which was optically clear and strongly luminescent. In Phase II Tetramer will continue the optimization of the coating by working at the molecular level. A semi automated coating system will be developed which is capable of producing coatings with an increased level of complexity in their spectral signatures for tamper-indicating seals using a variety of active nanomaterials. In addition, Tetramer will develop prototype designs and methods for characterizing advanced spectral signals in order to authenticate legitimate seals from tampered seals. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The work performed in Phase II and Phase III will allow for any device to be coated with sophisticated films having a range of properties which can be varied by tailoring the molecular architecture of the coating. This technology will improve security in all areas where tamper-indication and /or authentication is required. In the commercial sector this technology would have significant competitive advantages in the large anti-counterfeiting market.

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