Tubular, Continuous Bulk Polymerization System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-P-1051
Agency Tracking Number: N132-137-0193
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-137
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Small Business Information
1770 Salem Street, North Andover, MA, -
DUNS: 962321381
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lawrence Hancock
 CEO
 (617) 448-1588
 lawrence.hancock@akitainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Larry Takiff
Title: President
Phone: (339) 203-1504
Email: larry.takiff@akitainnovations.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed project is to develop a scalable manufacturing process for the production of high optical quality, thermoplastic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) which is suitable for the fabrication of extrusion processed and/or molded near diffraction-limited optical devices. Akita Innovations will develop a tubular polymerization system for the continuous bulk thermal radical polymerization of MMA monomer. The polymerization reaction system will be built from inexpensive hardware and will be easily scaled by the assembly of a parallel manufacturing system. Our process will build on known science for the production of low-loss thermoplastics through the careful purification on monomer and reagents, careful selection of polymerization initiators and molecular weight control additives and a novel continuous bulk polymerization process.

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