Lightweight, Radiation- and Water-Proof, High-Performance Textiles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85985
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000161
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
94999
Solicitation Topic Code:
48 b
Small Business Information
Nanosonic, Inc.
1485 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator
 C. Poquette
 Dr.
 (540) 953-1785
 cpoquette@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Mrs.
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Workers responsible for decommissioning and deactivating DOE facilities may risk exposition to hazardous contaminants and radionucleotides and suffer heat stress due to inappropriate protective suits. We propose to fabricate light-weight protective suits with excellent waterproof properties based on our patented low-cost, nanostructured high-z nanoclusters (radiation shielding) and high-performance resin materials. Hence, our technology should reduce heat stress on workers and provide safer working conditions. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Besides being useful for the DOE, our leadfree materials can be commercialized as safer, light, and more environmentally friendly personal protection gear for hospitals, doctors and dentists (X-rays), as well as analytical laboratories working with various electromagnetic wave-based equipments, representing a colossal market. Space applications would also benefit through equipment brought in space. (Moon tents etc...)

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