Non-destructive Exfoliation and Drying of Anisotropic Nanomaterials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-C-0013
Award Id:
94866
Agency Tracking Number:
A09A-021-0097
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 09T021
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
MichaelBortner
Director Nanomaterials Manufacturng
(540) 953-1785
mbortner@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
ContractsAdministrator
Contracts Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institute:
Virginia Tech
Don Baird
Office of Sponsored Programs
1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA, 24060
(540) 231-9386

Abstract
The overall goal of this proposed Army STTR is to demonstrate low-cost, non-destructive methodologies for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials. NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will work in tandem to demonstrate novel approaches involving both high performance coatings and CO2 processing that facilitate gentle, simultaneous drying and exfoliation of nanoparticles, preventing agglomeration and rendering the nanoparticles in a suitable state for subsequent use in high performance bi-spectral obscurants. NanoSonic will incorporate portions of its conformal self-assembled coating technologies to minimize particulate agglomeration over extended time periods via precise control of surface energy and interparticulate interaction. The proposed materials and technologies have been demonstrated with multiple anisotropic nanomaterials, and are expected to provide an excellent, scalable, low-cost method for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials for obscurants.

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