Radiation Resistant Hybrid Lotus Effect Photoelectrocatalytic Self-Cleaning Anti-Contamination Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$94,291.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD86P
Agency Tracking Number:
094280
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
International Photonics Consultants
38 Knife Edge Place, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
839844938
Principal Investigator:
Edward Taylor
Principal Investigator
(970) 731-0619
IntPhoton@aol.com
Business Contact:
Linda Taylor
Business Official
(970) 731-0619
IntPhoton@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project will develop radiation resistant hybrid Lotus Effect photoelectrocatalytic self-cleaning anti-contamination coatings for application to Lunar Operations. The coatings will be demonstrated to operate in galactic cosmic ray (GCR) and solar event proton (SEP) environments. The coatings will have low surface energy to significantly reduce Van der Waals forces (superhydrophobicity), which also reduce contaminant adhesion and will integrate a biocide stoichiometric and photoelectrocatalytic component which has been successfully demonstrated against a range of biological pathogens and toxic chemicals. The Lotus-effect sheds particles, such as dust and spores, by reducing the surface energy and the amount of surface area needed for attachment by utilizing a nano-textured structure to achieve its anti-contamination and self-cleaning properties thereby minimizing contaminant accumulation on surfaces. Dust mitigation coatings on various surfaces will be developed for > 99% removal of initial dust contaminant compared to conventional materials, without damage to the surface being cleaned. The coatings utilize a unique approach for biocide and chemical neutralization and will simplify decontamination procedures by neutralizing microorganisms or harmful chemicals on surfaces of structures and equipment in low gravity, as well as in extraterrestrial environments, preventing potential catastrophic contamination.

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