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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85985
Agency Tracking Number:
94999
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
48 b
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nanosonic, Inc.
1485 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
C. Poquette
Dr.
(540) 953-1785
cpoquette@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Mrs.
(540) 953-1785
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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