High Transparent Metal Oxide / Polyimide Antistatic Coatings

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK05OA27C
Agency Tracking Number: 041357
Amount: $69,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: X2.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887-1050
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 694-1006
Business Contact
 Mary Anne Mary Anne Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (978) 694-1006
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
NASA requires clear antistatic coatings that can withstand exposure to the rigors of the space environment. Agiltron proposes a coating consisting of inorganic conducting particles and space environment resistant polymer that shares the best features of inorganics and organics currently available. Such a coating could potentially be processed by common polymeric routes yet have the optical/electrical performance advantages of inorganic materials. The electric resistance of the coating can be easily adjusted by changing the composition and concentration of the inorganic conducting particles for a resistance required for antistatic applications (106-1010 ohm/sq). This new material system would overcome traditional drawbacks, such as the light scattering due to the aggregation of the inorganic particles, providing the high transparency and desired conductivity for many applications. Elimination of light scattering is achieved by dispersing transparent conducting particles into an optically matched polymer matrix. Moreover, the transparent and conducting particles are designed to chemically bond to the engineered polymer composite for excellent stability and reliability that are required in space environment applications. The process of applying this type of transparent antistatic film is as simple as applying paint, which would allow the application of these coatings to flexible and rigid materials suggesting potential even in very cost-sensitive applications.

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