Molecular Design of Particle Surfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F49620-02-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number: F023-0131
Amount: $99,874.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corp.
20 Arbor Lane, Winchester, MA, 01890
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lei Zhang
 Director of R&D
 (781) 933-0513
 lzhang@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Jing Zhao
Title: President
Phone: (781) 933-0513
Email: jingzhao@agiltron.com
Research Institution
 University of New Orleans
 Charles J O'Connor
 AMRI, University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA, 70148
 (504) 280-6840
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
"Nanoparticles are attracting increasing attention because of their unique properties. Applications based on particles down to nanometer size range are growing rapidly. The ability to coat high performance layers on nanoparticles would offer unsurpassedfunctionality and further broaden the range of technological opportunities. This proposal addresses a sequential chemical synthesis technique that allows the fabrication of advanced nanoparticles consisting of oxide or non-oxide inorganic core surroundedby an inorganic shell of different materials with well controlled layer thickness and chemical/physical properties. This novel method allows not only the fabrication of state-of-the-art metallic particles but also the synthesis of compound ferrites andmagnetic/semiconductor composite nanoparticles that are interesting for high-frequency applications. In the Phase I period, we will demonstrate magnetic nanomaterials coated with an atomic-layer-by-layer controlled protecting materials. The fabrication ofcore-shell structured nanoparticles by using reverse microemulsion and micelle expansion two-step processes will also be developed in this program. Success in the Phase I effort will identify a viable manufacturing route for advanced atomic-layer-layercoated nanoparticles. This technology has a wide range of "dual use" applications, from various DoD's applications to commercial applications."

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