SBIR Phase I:Manufacturing of Bio-Inspired Polymer Micro/Nano-Fiber Arrays as New Gripping Materials

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1014183
Agency Tracking Number:
1014183
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
N2
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
nanoGriptech
155 N. Craig St, Suite 130, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829301378
Principal Investigator:
Burak Aksak
MS
(412) 224-2136
baksak@nanogriptech.com
Business Contact:
Burak Aksak
MS
(412) 224-2136
baksak@nanogriptech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop a high-volume and low-cost nanomanufacturing process of biologically inspired repeatable polymer fibrillar adhesives as new gripping materials for commercial applications. A manufacturing process for high-speed, continuous, and large-area manufacturing of high aspect ratio and three-dimensional polymer micro/nanofiber arrays with a compliant backing layer will be studied. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to provide repeatable fibrillar adhesives with large volume and high uniformity for applications in sports, defense, space, robotics, and other industries. The processes and methods to be developed in this study would also improve the understanding in the nanomanufacturing of high aspect ratio polymer structures with three-dimensional features.

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