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Durable Anti-fog Coatings for Contoured Plastic Substrates Using Nanoparticles with Tunable Size and Surface Chemistry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: C091-101-0104
Amount: $749,810.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD09-101
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-12-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-12-15
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Uma Sampathkumaran
 Research Director
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Title: President
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution
Currently fielded respiratory protective systems in the Joint Services General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) program degrade in visual performance capability in extreme hot and cold environments. Optical and mechanical properties of existing anti-fog coatings also diminish when subjected to cleaning/sanitization operations. To address these needs, InnoSense LLC (ISL), in Phase I, has combined nanomaterials of different sizes, tunable surface chemistry, nanoporosity, and surface roughness into optical coatings. Two types of multifunctional antifogging properties, superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic, were demonstrated on DOD-relevant surfaces in collaboration with the prime contractor of the JSGPM program. This collaboration will continue in Phase II, and ISL will refine and optimize processes suitable for applying anti-fog coatings on lenses of various geometric shapes. Extensive tests would be performed to assure compliance with military needs. ISL will also deliver to DOD representative articles of battlefield goggles and ballistic shields containing the robust anti-fog coatings. Phase II work plan and Phase III goals have been outlined to expedite transitioning this technology into DOD’s procurement system. ISL has received strong letters of technology interest from potential partners within the DOD community.

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