VOC-Free, Highly Flame Resistant HybridsilTM Insulation Coatings for Next Generation Thermal Insulation and Energy Efficiency

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Environmental Protection Agency
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Phase II
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Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Dr., Pembroke, VA, 24136-
Hubzone Owned:
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Principal Investigator:
Vince Baranauskas
(540) 626-6266
Business Contact:
Melissa Campbell
(540) 626-6762
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NanoSonic’s Hybridsil® insulative coatings provide a paradigm-breaking alternative to spray-deposited polyurethane foams by affording comparable insulation yet without any of the health and safety concerns associated with diisocyanate derived foams. NanoSonic designed and optimized its next-generation, green-certified Hybridsil® insulative foam to provide drastically enhanced fire resistance, thermal resilience, environmental durability, and rapid spray depositability with no free isocayantes. NanoSonic’s Hybridsil® foams gracefully convert to flexible silicates with negligible smoke toxicityto insulate underlaying substarates and prevent flame spread, unlike current SPFs that provide solid fuel to a structural fire while emitting highly toxic smoke. In fact, compared to current state-of-the-art SPF, NanoSonic’s Hybridsil® foams provide a 1,250% improvement in time to ignition and a4,165% improvement in dimensional integrity durability under a 50kW/m2 heat flux. Equally important, independent extended emission analysis completed by Materials Analytical Services (MAS) has proven NanoSonic’s optimized Hybridsil® insulative foams are compliant with the performance standard established for low-emitting insulation/sealants under the CDPH Standard Method Version 1.1, which provides the benchmark criteria adopted in green building programs such as Green Globes, LEED and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. To achieve this, Hybridsil® employs environmentally and health friendly reagents instead of airborne diisocyanates that lead to numerous deleterious health consequences including chronic respiratory disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, skin allergies and irritation. R-value determination indicates that optimized systems have thermal conductivities comparable to current state-of-the-art open cell polyurethane foams (3to 4) while still providing the aforementioned performance advantages at a competitive cost of $0.50 to $0.70/ft2. The principal objective of the proposed Phase II SBIR program is to create a Phase III transition brige into residential and commercial insulation applications through elevated R value performance (4-7) and larger scale performance validation including full room insulation, spraying and fire testing qualification. In that vein, NanoSonic will work with the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, Southwest Research Institute, and MAS to provide full-scale testing demonstrations that will provide a catalyst for near term commercial transition. Further, NanoSonic will work with its local government officials in Giles County, VA to insulate a number of government buildings with Hybridsil® Insulative Foam in an endeavor that is both an extension of the technical effort and an invaluable market opportunity.

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