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Optically Transparent Inorganic Conductive Polymer-Based Flexible Material System for ITO Repair

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-14-M-5059
Agency Tracking Number: F141-153-0062
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF141-153
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-03-02
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505-
United States
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Yu
 Director, Process Engineering
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Title: President
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: InnoSense LLC (ISL), in this project, will demonstrate the feasibility of an ITO repair method that can be applied under ambient conditions. Upon reviewing the state-of-the-art techniques, ISL focused on developing a repairing matrix that promotes strong adhesion of ITO-compatible material system to repair irregular scratches and nicks that can occur during routine missions. Using electrohydrodynamic spray deposition, followed by thermal curing, ISL will make sure that the damages are filled seamlessly with matching optical and shielding capabilities. In Phase I, ISL will demonstrate feasibility by applying ITO alternatives to scratched ITO-coated polycarbonate coupons to restore their optical and electrical properties. In Phase II, ISL will improve the synthesis of the material matrix, produce and deliver 1 kg of material and demonstrate the scratch repair of ITO coatings (scratches representing different depths and widths) without scattering or loss of continuity, guided by testing to both MIL-STD-810E and MIL-C-48497 protocols. During the transition to Phase III, ISL will work with USAF and prime contractors to establish flight and other field testing requirements needed to certify the coatings. Testing will include extensive surface and volume resistivity, and EMI shielding and actual flight tests to determine product performance in field environments. BENEFIT: Military and commercial applications overlap for ITO repair. Applications include the dissipation of and shielding from incident energy for aircraft windows and canopies, display technologies, opto-electronic devices, cell phone displays, computer touch screens, and solar panels. All of the technologies require continuous transparent conductive coatings in order to function properly. Each industry has its own requirements and specifications for both the coating and repair.

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