Nanofibers for Broadband Spectral Obscurant Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W311SR-14-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5518
Amount: $749,949.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T024
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-04-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-04-18
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lennhoff
 Manager, Materials Technologies
 (978) 689-0003
 lennhoff@psicorp.com
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
 New Mexico State University
 Neta Fernandez
 Office of Grants and Contracts
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM, 88003-8002
 (575) 646-1590
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Obscurant materials are used to defeat threats in all areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. New Army requirements have been established for novel, multi-spectral, high performance obscurants to defeat a range of threats with a single material system. On a Phase I program Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) coupled inherently conductive polymers (ICP) with graphene like structures to provide enhanced composite conductivity. During a Phase II program, PSI will build upon its work with ICP composites, low toxicity biopolymers and nanofiber processing to produce several nanorod obscurants with high extinction in the visible and infrared wavelengths. We will compare the performance and dissemination of several versions of ICP composite nanofibers with obscurant nanofibers composed of carbon and copper coated carbon. Our obscurant development will focus on the optimization of surface and bulk ICP processing to maximize extinction. The most promising of these nanofiber obscurants will be scaled-up to the kilogram level and comprehensively characterized. We will work to densely pack and explosively and pneumatically disseminate the obscurant, measuring their Figure of Merit. We will work with Prof. Chuck Bruce at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for obscurant modeling and characterization, with Capco, Inc. for obscurant dissemination and Espin Technologies for nanofiber manufacture.

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