Multifunctional Nanocomposite Structures Via Layer-by-Layer Assembly Process

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T36-0241
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT36
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
Nico Technologies Corp.
401 W. Morgan Road,, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 622797327
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kelechi Anyaogu
 Senior Investigator
 (734) 945-8131
 kelechi@nico-technologies.com
Business Contact
 Elvira Stesikova
Title: Project Manager
Phone: (734) 945-8131
Email: elvira@nico-technologies.com
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Elvira Stesikova
 2300 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
 (734) 945-8131
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The realization of materials with record mechanical and electrical properties is of paramount importance to the Air Force and other branches of the US Armed Forces. Layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly is capable of producing nanocomposite materials with record properties surpassing those made by many traditional composite preparation techniques. However the process is time consuming and typically yields small and thin sheets of the composite. In this project we will achieve deposition acceleration by 100 times while retaining high conductivity of the deposited multilayers. In the LBL process we shall utilize carbon nanotubes (NTs) and special flexible polymers. The composite layers of polymer and NTs will be build-up on the substrate and then released for characterization with respect to structure. Record sizes of the samples of LBL composite material will be obtained. Large scale laminates will be made by consolidation of individual LBL sheets. The electrical and mechanical properties of the large scale coupons will be evaluated and optimized. BENEFIT: fast deposition

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