Multifunctional Protective Coatings for Spacecraft Surfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7371
Agency Tracking Number: 05-0036T
Amount: $912,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-T019
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2309 Pennsbury Ct., Schaumburg, IL, 60194
DUNS: 113703859
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 M. Deshpande
 CEO & Chief Technical Officer
 (630) 372-9650
Business Contact
 M. Deshpande
Title: CEO & Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (630) 372-9650
Research Institution
 Siva Sivnanthan
 MictroPhysics Laboratory (MPL)
Chicago, IL, 60607
 (312) 413-1974
 Nonprofit college or university
The purpose of this STTR phase II proposal is to scale up and validate various space materials product forms based on material technology concepts proven feasible in STTR phase I efforts. The STTR phase I has successfully demonstrated low cost survivable multifunctional engineered material systems: Zinc-Assisted Self-Assembled Nano-Clusters (Z-SANCs™) and Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) systems: Al doped ZnO (AZO) and (Al, In) doped Zinc Aluminum/Gallium Oxide (DZAGO). This success in phase I has demonstrated technical feasibility, and the companion effort funded under AMSENG investments at SCEPTRE have also proven needed reliable performance, illustrating that at least 40-60% savings for engineered product forms is feasible. The proposed STTR phase II efforts by the team of AMSENG and University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) - Micro Physics Laboratory (MPL) are uniquely innovative for the next generation material systems for space applications, especially because they address the maturation of technologies that demonstrated success in providing high leakage current capabilities needed for robust survivability (as defined by NRO). Thus, the proposed efforts can fulfill the technology gap essential for space assets so they can survive by bleeding off the charges in an upper atmospheric natural or man-made energetic event. The phase I efforts demonstrated this ability by investigating Zinc-Assisted Nano-Cluster Self-Assemblies (Z-SANCs™) which can provide unique abilities to tailor secondary emission properties in material coating systems while providing unique microstructural features of distributed pores and percolating channels coated with amorphous Zn-O-Al glassy phase. Thus, the maturation phase II efforts will uniquely assist DOD hardware like STSS, SBIR-High, and other Battle Management Defense System assets by providing material technologies that can not only carry out surface charge mitigation but also resist deep charge deposition for the first time. The TCO materials systems proposed for scale up are AZO and DZAGO; they represent our ability to address all type of substrate needs encountered on spacecraft or satellite surfaces. Both Z-SANCs™ and TCO technologies have excellent commercial as well as military (DOD/NASA) appeal. Thus, the proposed STTR phase II plan is unique and addresses needs of timely insertion of new material technologies on hardware of STSS, SBIR-High, ISAT, and High Altitude Balloons. Our overall plan is to mature the proposed technologies by year 2008 for possible timely insertion on needed hardware, where robustness needs are requirements.

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