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Company Information:

Company Name: NanoSonic, Inc.
City: Pembroke
State: VA
Zip+4: 24136-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (540) 953-1785

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $15,874,187.00 171
SBIR Phase II $41,954,099.00 65
STTR Phase I $2,628,384.00 29
STTR Phase II $3,499,996.00 7

Award List:

Electrostatic Self-Assembly Processes for Linear and Nonlinear Optical Thin-Film Materials and Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $99,907.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase-1 project will develop much needed alternatives and improvements for oruebted-buffer layers with high-critical-current YBCO films on metal-tape substrates. At present YBCO films on metal tapes are limited in superconducting quality largely due to unsatisfactory crystal structural… More

Electrostatically Self-Assembled Retinal Protein-Based Optoelectronic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper
Award Amount: $98,974.00

Electrostatically Self-Assembled Multifunctional Materials and Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $98,999.00

Electrostatic Self-Assembled Nonlinear Optical Thin Films and Photonic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $61,474.00

Electrostatic Self-Assembly Processes for Fabrication of MEMS Materials and Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $99,554.00

Electrostatic Self-Assembly Process for Microelectronic and Photonic Device Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $99,554.00

Electrostatic Self-Assembled Nonlinear Optical Thin Films and Photonic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $750,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Not Available We propose development of a novel, microscale mass spectrometer system for continuous monitoring of air and, perhaps, recycled water in spacecraft/habitat environments. Upon completion of the Phase I and II programs we anticipate delivering a prototype sensor characterized by small… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $715,922.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Lenahan Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $65,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Lenahan Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00

Data Driven Microjet Printing of Electrostatic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Lenahan Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $65,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Yongqiang Wang, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $74,999.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Lenahan Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $65,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Lenahan Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kristie L. Cooper, Research Associate
Award Amount: $99,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yanjing Liu
Award Amount: $399,800.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech Fiber Optics Center
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: N/A

Next Generation Shortwave Filter Shadowband Radiometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
65807 Prior research has identified novel electron transport percolation effects in nanostructured thin films and structural epoxy adhesives that incorporate noble metal nanoclusters. Due to the ultrasmall size of the clusters, the onset of percolation can be controlled. Furthermore, the… More

Nanotechnology Demonstration Tool Kits for Secondary School Science Education

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper
Award Amount: $60,000.00

Ink Jet Print Self-Assembly of Polymer Thin Film Solar Cells on Polyimide Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Air Force Phase I SBIR program would demonstrate the feasibility of ink jet print electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes for the low-cost fabrication of flexible photovoltaic arrays directly on polyimide substrates. ESA processing involves thecoating of substrate materials by the… More

Nanostructured High Temperature Optical Filters for Protection of Spectroscopic Instrumentation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kristie L. Cooper
Award Amount: $99,713.00
RI Contact: Thomas E. Olson
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed STTR program is to develop and demonstrate robust, high temperature optical low-pass filters that may be formed directly on the windows of spectroscopic instrumentation used for rocket engine analysis. This work would solve the existing problem of excessive thermal… More

Molecular Self-Assembly of Multilayer Low-Loss Ferrite Thin Films and Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Air Force SBIR program would develop multilayered low-loss ferrite thin film materials for use in high frequency power electronic DC-DC voltage converters for next-generation small and lightweight electronic systems. The emphasis of the Phase Iprogram is on the development of ferrite material… More

Efficient Integration of Old and New Research Tools for Automating the Identification and Analysis of Seismic Reference Events

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Vercellino, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
65329 This project will develop a closed loop control system using high temperatures electronics and optical devices to provide real time data analysis for more efficient oil well stimulation. The control system could be implemented in 600¿C environments for extended periods of time. High… More

Ink Jet Processing of Self-Assembled Multifunctional Thin Film Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Phase II SBIR program is to demonstrate the synthesis of multifunctional materials using electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) methods via bath and ink jet processing systems. NanoSonic will work with Separation Systems Technology (SST) to establish ink jetprinting of thin films on SST substrates for… More

Ink Jet Processing of Self-Assembled Multifunctional Thin Film Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $350,370.00
Abstract:
Phase II SBIR program is to demonstrate the synthesis of multifunctional materials using electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) methods via bath and ink jet processing systems. NanoSonic will work with Separation Systems Technology (SST) to establish ink jetprinting of thin films on SST substrates for… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kristie L. Cooper
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I (SBIR) project will investigate the feasibility of utilizing nanoscale molecular self-assembly methods to synthesize high performance optical fiber-based humidity sensors for breathing diagnostics. NanoSonic proposes to use molecular-level… More

New Proton Exchange Membranes with Low Methanol Permeability for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $61,855.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed BMDO Phase I program is to develop and commercialize ion-conducting thermally stable polymers for use as high temperature proton exchange membrane/membrane electrode assembly (PEM/MEA) materials with low methanol permeability ascomponents of direct methanol fuel cells… More

Self-Assembled Molecular Coatings for Helmet Mounted Display Visors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will investigate the feasibility of using molecular self-assembly processes for the formation of spectral coatings on helmet mounted display visors. Electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) involves the simple and low-cost coating ofsolid substrates by the alternate adsorption of… More

Design and Synthesis of Nanostructured Corrosion Resistance Coating for Ageing Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: VIRGINIA TECH
Principal Investigator: H.t. Hurd, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,673.00
RI Contact: David Richardson
Abstract:
This STTR program would investigate the feasibility of ionic self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) synthesis techniques for the fabrication of flexible multilayer, multifunctional corrosion mitigating coatings for the protection of large area aluminum aircraftstructural components. NanoSonic and our… More

Self-Assembled Adaptive Optical Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech Fiber Optics Center
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kristi Cooper
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Dr. You-Xio Wang
Abstract:
The proposed program would demonstrate the feasibility of electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes for the low-cost fabrication of adaptive reflector membranes for space-based optical systems. ESA processing involves coating solid substrates by the alternate adsorption of anionic and cationic… More

Three energy sources that will work in a cold, dark, static environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed OSD Phase I program is to develop and commercialize novel tissue solders based on a biodegradable copolymer system that contains a controlled degree of acrylate-terminated photoactive branch sites. This will result in a processthat, with the addition of a biocompatible… More

Self-Assembled Multifunctional Low-Observable Canopy Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $741,542.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II program will develop and transition to application electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processing techniques for the manufacture of robust coatings for low-observable aircraft canopies, specifically the F-22 system. The roomtemperature and pressure ESA coating process consists… More

Self-Assembled Multifunctional Low-Observable Canopy Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II program will develop and transition to application electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processing techniques for the manufacture of robust coatings for low-observable aircraft canopies, specifically the F-22 system. The roomtemperature and pressure ESA coating process consists… More

Bio-inspired Processing of Composite Films having Negative-Stiffness for Mechanical Damping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr.Jeffrey Mecham
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The proposed STTR program would develop nanocomposite structural materials with negative mechanical constitutive properties and extreme mechanical damping. Such negative stiffness materials would have direct applications in the low-cost passive damping of unwanted vibrations in aircraft and space… More

Self-Assembled Optical Coatings for Helmet Mounted Display Visors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kristie L. Cooper, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $746,905.00
Abstract:
"The proposed Phase II program will optimize, upscale and transition to application electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes for the synthesis of durable optical coatings on helmet mounted display visors. The room temperature and pressure ESA coatingprocess consists of alternate adsorption of… More

Nanostructured High Temperature Optical Filters for Protection of Spectroscopic Instrumentation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper
Award Amount: $499,999.00
RI Contact: David Richardson
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed STTR program is to develop and demonstrate robust, high temperature optical low-pass filters that may be formed directly on the windows of spectroscopic instrumentation used for rocket engine analysis. This work would solve the existing problem of excessive thermal… More

02-211A-Optical Materials: Polymer Photonic Claddings by Electrostatic Self-Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mike Vercellino, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"The proposed BMDO SBIR program would develop polymer-based optical cladding materials and device structures for use in high-speed optical communication systems. NanoSonic Inc. would work with a major research university and a company involved in thedevelopment and evaluation of advanced… More

Electro-Optic Control System for Stimulation of Oil and Geothermal Wells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Vercellino
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
65329 This project will develop instrumentation for real-time control of oil production. The instrumentation includes surface and downhole tools for the measurement of oil-water percentages, temperature, pressure, and flow. The high temperature downhole tools will allow continuous well… More

Electrostatic Self-Assembly of Nanocomposite Electro-Optic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kristie L. Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic and a major U.S. aerospace company would work together during the Phase I NASA SBIR program to develop a ground-based experiment to evaluate the potential advantages of the nanoscale self-assembly of electro-optic materials in space. For use in low-voltage, high frequency electro-optic… More

Molecular Self-Assembly of Low-Loss Piezoelectric Films for MEMS Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith Huie, Rearch Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
This NASA SBIR program would demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating electronically self-assembled low loss piezoelectric materials for the development of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based switches and filters. The primary focus of the Phase I program is to investigate suitable… More

Electro-Optic Control System for Stimulation of Oil and Geothermal Wells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Vercellino
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
65329 This project will develop instrumentation for real-time control of oil production. The instrumentation includes surface and downhole tools for the measurement of oil-water percentages, temperature, pressure, and flow. The high temperature downhole tools will allow continuous well… More

Multifunctional Low Observable Transparency Hard Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Lepene, Reserach Scientist-PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"This Navy Phase I SBIR program will develop and transition to application molecular self-assembly processing techniques for the manufacturing of mechanically and thermally robust multifunctional hard coatings for LO transparencies, specifically for the JSFsystem. The room temperature and pressure… More

00-003B-Radar and MMW: Inkjet Print Self-Assembly of Multifunctional Devices on Flexible Nanosat Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Huie, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,948.00
Abstract:
"The objective of this Phase I BMDO SBIR program is to demonstrate the feasibility of inkjet print electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) of electronic and photonic devices on flexible nanosat surfaces. ESA processing consists of alternately adsorbing cationicand anionic molecules from water-based… More

Photo-curable Biodegradable-based Tissue Solders containing a Photochromic Endpoint Indicator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"The purpose of the proposed Army Phase II program is to develop and commercialize novel tissue solders based on a biodegradable copolymer system that contains a controlled degree of acrylate-terminated photoactive branch sites. This will result in aprocess that, with the addition of a biocompatible… More

Acoustic Emission Detection Using Fiber Bragg Gratings and Fast Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kristie L. Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
"The proposed program would develop high-speed optical fiber Bragg grating sensors and signal processing methods for the near real-time detection of acoustic emission events and associated material damage in advanced aircraft structures. Acoustic emissionis associated with the occurrence and… More

Photo-curable Biodegradable-based Tissue Solders containing a Photochromic Endpoint Indicator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"The purpose of the proposed Army Phase II program is to develop and commercialize novel tissue solders based on a biodegradable copolymer system that contains a controlled degree of acrylate-terminated photoactive branch sites. This will result in aprocess that, with the addition of a biocompatible… More

Improved Methanol Permeability for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Reserach Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
"The purpose of the proposed OSD Phase I program is to develop and commercialize ion-conducting thermally stable polymers for use as high temperature proton exchange membrane/membrane electrode assemblies (PEM/MEA) materials with low methanol permeabilityas components of direct methanol fuel cells… More

Design and Synthesis of Nanostructured Corrosion Resistance Coating for Ageing Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: VIRGINIA TECH
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B. Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: David W. Richardson
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Air Force Phase II STTR program is to develop polymer/nanocluster-based corrosion-inhibiting coatings for the protection of metal aircraft components. Researchers at the company and on campus would work together to improveand characterize novel protective coatings that… More

New Proton Exchange Membranes with Low Methanol Permeability for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jeff Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed BMDO Phase II program is to develop and commercialize ion-conducting thermally stable polymers for use as high temperature proton exchange membrane/membrane electrode assembly (PEM/MEA) materials with low methanol permeabilityas components of direct methanol fuel cells… More

High Temperature-Stable Membrane Electrode Assemblies for Fuel Cells Fabricated via Ink Jet Deposition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B. Mecham
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
72452S03-I This project will develop and commercialize ion-conducting thermally stable polymers for use as high-temperature proton exchange membrane/membrane electrode assemblies (PEM/MEA) materials. The materials will have low methanol permeability to allow their use as components of direct… More

00-003B-Radar and MMW: Inkjet Print Self-Assembly of Multifunctional Devices on Flexible Nanosat Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Huie, Research Scientist-Group
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed MDA Phase II program is to develop the capabilities to manufacture next-generation radio frequency (RF) and microwave device components relevant to the design of a phased array antenna system onto flexible and easily formablesubstrates using low-cost inkjet print self… More

Active-Passive Acoustic Absorber for the Scorpius Launch Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin Farinholt, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to build and test an active-passive acoustic absorber for the Scorpius(TM) launch vehicle. The absorber is designed to couple into the first few acoustic modes of the payload fairing cavity. Mechanical designs are tuned to the lowest frequencymode and the higher-frequency modes are… More

Nanostructured Adhesives for Bond Integrity Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B. Mecham
Award Amount: $0.00

Nanostructured Adhesives for Bond Integrity Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B. Mecham
Award Amount: $749,990.00

Thermally Conductive Nanocomposites for Missile Electronics Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Hoyt-Lalli, Reserach Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed program is to develop and transition thermally and electrically conductive nanocomposites for improved packaging and thermal control in missile defense electronic modules and systems. During Phase I, NanoSonic would work witha major U.S. military electronics… More

Low-Cost Biodegradable Massive Sensor Networks for Submarine Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR program would design and implement effective, networked multi-sensor means for the detection of submarines at close range in littoral waters. During Phase I, NanoSonic would develop two designs for simple, low-cost and biodegradablesubmarine detection sensors and multi-sensor… More

Wave Kinetic Method for Simulation of Nano-Photonics Devices and Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Research Scientist B
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
The implementation of the phase-space, wave-kinetic method is proposed for the simulation of photonic crystals. Although full-wave methods lead to higher accuracy, computational speed remains a problem. Consequently, a subset of the wave-kinetic method isproposed which nearly has the speed of… More

SBIR Phase I: Photonic Crystal-Based Optical Fiber Temperature Sensors for Process Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims to develop novel photonic crystal-based optical fiber sensors for the rapid measurement of temperature for real-time process control and civil structure monitoring applications. A patented molecular-level electrostatic self-assembly (ESA)… More

Self-Assembled Variable Transmittance Helmet Mounted Display Visors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ben Lepene, Group Leader A
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Air Force Phase I SBIR program will develop and transition to application molecular self-assembly processing techniques for the manufacturing of photo-initiated electrochromic variable transmittance coatings for helmet mounted display visors. Theroom temperature and pressure molecular… More

SBIR Phase I: Nanostructured Optical Fiber Breathing Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop optical fiber sensors for the quantitative measurement of humidity and air flow for use in medical diagnostics for breathing. Initial research indicates that these physically small and mechanically robust sensors respond over a… More

Rapid Prototyping of Three Dimensional Printed Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: VIRGINIA TECH
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Hoyt-Lalli, Reserach Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
RI Contact: David W. RIchardson
Abstract:
This Navy STTR program would develop methods for the rapid three-dimensional prototyping and manufacturing of nanocomposite materials with multiple controlled constitutive properties. NanoSonic Inc. and the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech wouldcooperatively investigate techniques for the… More

SBIR Phase I: Biocompatible Magnetic Drug Delivery Systems that Allow for Greatly Diminished Doses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Lalli
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is to develop noble metal and polymer stabilized magnetic nanoparticles and biodegradable microspheres as nanovehicles for use in magnetically guided drug delivery. Site-specific release of therapeutic agents results in greatly reduced… More

Abrasion-Resistant, Electrically Conductive Transparent Coatings for Polycarbonate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Hoyt Lalli, Research Scientist-Group
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Navy Phase II program is to optimize the electrical conductivity, uniformity, transmission, chemical and abrasion resistance of transparency coatings developed during Phase I. NanoSonic will collaborate with a leading Aeronautics corporation and transparency supplier to… More

Thermally Conductive Nanocomposites for Missile Electronics Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer H. Lalli, Research Scientist - Grou
Award Amount: $736,563.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II MDA program is to transition thermally and electrically conductive nanocomposites into missile defense electronic modules for improved packaging and thermal control. During Phase II, NanoSonic's thermal management materials would be integrated into BAE Systems North… More

Active Acoustic Absorbers for Launch Vehicle Payload Fairings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin Farinholt
Award Amount: $849,984.00
Abstract:
New and effective techniques of acoustic suppression are critical in lightweight composite payload fairings currently launched on expendable launch vehicles. The objective of this research is to develop a system of active acoustic absorbers to be integrated within payload fairings to … More

Nanostructured Variable Transmittance Helmet Mounted Visors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham , PI
Award Amount: $687,271.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed SBIR Air Force Phase II project is to develop a variable transmittance device utilizing a drop on demand "direct write" process. The end result of this proposed program would be the design and fabrication of a multifunctional electrochromic coating with antireflective… More

SBIR Phase II: Nanostructured Optical Fiber Breathing Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, PI
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will develop and commercialize optical fiber sensors for the quantitative measurement of humidity and air flow for breathing diagnostics. Prior Phase I work has demonstrated that these physically small and mechanically robust sensors respond… More

Rapid Prototyping of Three Dimensional Printed Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Research Scientist - PI
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Greg Reaves
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II ONR program is to transition innovative nanocomposites and rapid prototype processing methods into Navy platforms. During Phase I, NanoSonic developed inkjet printing materials for rapid three-dimensional prototyping and manufacturing of nanocomposite materials with… More

Quantum-Dot Paints for Surface Temperature Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Research Scientist Group Leader C
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Temperature-sensitive paints (TSP) are a reliable way to monitor surface temperature without the need for physical contact with the test subject. Luminescent probes are incorporated into a surface treatment and the change in luminescent output with temperature is monitored optically or by… More

Self-Assembled Nanostructured Health Monitoring Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer H. Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed NASA SBIR program is to design, fabricate and evaluate the performance of self-assembled nanostructured sensors for the health monitoring of advanced aerospace materials and structures. NanoSonic would work with a major U.S. research university and a large U.S.… More

Low Cost Fabrication of Radiation Hardened Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Research Scientist-Group
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic would develop low cost manufacturing methods for producing radiation hardened nonvolatile Chalcogenide based Random Access Memory (RAM) and magneto-resistive RAM with BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin to improve near term and next generation MDA programs including Theatre High Altitude Area… More

"Metal Rubber" Nanostructured Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jennifer H. Lalli, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
75245-A material that possessed the combined properties of ultralow mechanical modulus (rubber) and very high electrical and thermal conductivities (metal) would have numerous commercial applications. For example, such elastic conducting ¿metal rubber¿ materials would allow the manufacturing of… More

Self-Assembled Nanoporous Anti-Reflective Coatings for Image Intensifier Tubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sabrina Hannah, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed Air Force SBIR program would develop antireflective coatings for image intensifier tube faceplates. Such coatings would improve the performance of military night vision devices by allowing more light to enter the image intensifier tube and simultaneously reducing the "veiling… More

Temperature-Compensated Pressure-Sensitive Paint Containing a Bichromophoric Luminophore

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Dayton
Principal Investigator: Rochael Swavey, Research Scientist - PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Shawn M. Swavey
Abstract:
Temperature-sensitive paints (TSP) and pressure-sensitive paints (PSP) are a reliable way to map surface response to change in pressure and temperature. Luminescent probes are incorporated into a surface treatment and the change in luminescent intensity or the change in the lifetime of the… More

Polymer Flip Chips with Extreme Temperature Stability in Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase I program is to develop highly thermally and electrically conductive nanocomposites for space-based flip chips for performance over a wide service temperature range (-60 ?C to 400 ?C). Novel polyorganosiloxanes with controlled concentrations of pendent… More

New Proton Exchange Membranes with Improved Methanol Permeability for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B. Mecham, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
72452-Current membrane technology needs to be improved if direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) are to be used to power electronic devices. Polymer electrolyte/proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems represent an environmentally friendly power source for a wide range of applications ¿… More

Self-Assembled Integrated Sensor/Actuator Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey M. Mecham, Research Scientist-Group
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program would develop a process for the integration of electrically networked sensors and actuators with physically large composite military structures and platforms. NanoSonic would use its patented electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) process to form elastomeric, electrically conductive… More

New Proton Exchange Membranes with Improved Methanol Permeability for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B. Mecham, Dr.
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
72452-Current membrane technology needs to be improved if direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) are to be used to power electronic devices. Polymer electrolyte/proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems represent an environmentally friendly power source for a wide range of applications ¿… More

Self Assembly Methods for Surface Properties for stents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jennifer K. Hoytlalli
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The research outlined in this proposal is based on the observation that stent failure is due, in part, to acute thrombus accumulation combined with chronic hemodynamic and solid mechanical stress created by these devices within the host vessel. The proposed… More

Magnetoelectric Sensors for Detection and Mapping Applications with UUVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Research Scientist Grou
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
In support of the Navy's expanding role for UUVs, NanoSonic will demonstrate a unique, magnetoelectric sensor and its integration with an ONR sponsored UUV. The local magnetic field within the undersea environment holds particular interest to the Navy in multiple applications including unexploded… More

Reconfigurable, Compact Conformal Antennas on Flexible Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Kentucky
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Research Scientist - PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Robert Adams
Abstract:
This Phase I STTR program proposes to investigate the feasibility of constructing a reconfigurable antenna on a custom substrate. To this end, we propose to investigate a promising method by which the antenna's elements can be remotely interconnected. Additionally, NanoSonic's unique material… More

Active Photonic Crystals for Wave Division Multiplexing Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kristie Cooper, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed BMDO Phase II SBIR Program is to develop processing methodologies for the fabrication and development of photonic crystal (PC) devices and electro-optic (EO) materials for use in the near ultaviolet (UV) to far infrared (IR) optical wavelength regime, for both next… More

Low-Cost Biodegradable Massive Sensor Networks for Submarine Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $789,007.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR Phase II program would implement a multi-sensor system for the detection of submarines at close range in littoral waters. During Phase I, NanoSonic examined several options and downselected these options to a single implementation. In cooperation with a major DoD contractor… More

Nanostructured Sensors for Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Mecham, Vice President of R&D
Award Amount: $1,450,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program would develop a process for the integration of electrically networked sensors and actuators with physically large composite military structures and platforms. NanoSonic would use its patented electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) process to form elastomeric, electrically conductive… More

Metal Rubber Nanostructured Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jennifer H. Lalli, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
75245S This project will develop a ¿metal rubber¿ product ¿ a highly electrically-conductive, elastomeric, and transparent nanocomposite ¿ that maintains electrical conductivity or provides EMI shielding while under mechanical, thermal, and environmental stress. The materieal can be used as… More

Self-Assembled Nanoporous Anti-Reflective Coatings for Image Intensifier Tubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeff Mecham, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II program will optimize, upscale and transition to application electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processing techniques for the manufacture of antireflective coatings for image intensifier tube faceplates. The room temperature and pressure ESA coating process consists of… More

Economical High Performance Thermoplastic Composite Bipolar Plates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Bortner, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: H. Frederick Dylla
Abstract:
79274 Current fuel cell bipolar plate technology requires costly, time consuming fabrication steps that result in a high cost per unit energy. Typically, metallic-based materials are used, which are heavy and limited by corrosion and chemical resistance, and graphite-based materials, which are… More

Magnetoelectric Sensors for Detection and Mapping Applications with UUVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $329,906.00
Abstract:
The local magnetic field within the undersea environment holds particular interest to the Navy in multiple applications including mapping, unexploded ordinance detection and bottomed submarines. In support of the Navy's expanding role for AUVs for this application, NanoSonic will construct and… More

Nanostructured Self Assembled Antireflective Coatings for Seeker Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: J. B. Mecham, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
During the proposed Phase I SBIR program, NanoSonic will fabricate novel multilayered self-assembled coatings onto the surface of infrared (IR) optical substrates that will impart exceptional hardness, impact and thermal shock resistance properties, far superior to that of the uncoated material. In… More

Target Detection using a Computationally Efficient Physics-Based Modeling Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley A. Davis, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, NanoSonic would apply its expertise in analytical and computational techniques in electromagnetics to implement and validate a powerful solution for detection of obscured and hidden targets. In accomplishing this program, NanoSonic has significant experience with random… More

Polymer MEMS Nanostructured Sensors for Coating Analysis and Health Monitoring of Nonstructural Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrea Hill, Sensors Group Leader
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop a Polymer MicroElectroMechanical System (PMEMS) device-based sensor for the health-monitoring of wear and corrosion in coatings for this Air Force SBIR program. During Phase I, NanoSonic would design and fabricate novel electrically-conductive, nanostructured thin film… More

METAL RUBBERT Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Conductive Transparent Elastomers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic, Inc. specializes in electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processing of well-defined inorganic nanoclusters and high performance organic polymers which has led to a family of METAL RUBBERT transparent, electrically conductive, free standing elastomeric films. This novel approach yields… More

Inkjet Automation for Random Printing of Multifunctional Camouflage Theater Patterns

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed Air Force SBIR Phase I program is to develop an automated inkjet based process for generation of random camouflage theater pattern appliqu¿s for composite tactical shelters. Complex 2-D patterns will be fabricated via a set of computer generated graphics instructions,… More

SBIR Phase I: Low Cost Self-Assembled Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will develop a low-cost nano-composite self-assembled thermoelectric system via a commercially viable manufacturing process. Control of homogeneity at the molecular level dictates the ultimate performance of the thermoelectric… More

Super Lightweight, Metal Rubber Fabric for Extreme Space Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $67,952.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has fabricated revolutionary nanostructured, yet macroscale, multifunctional Metal RubberTM films via layer-by-layer, molecular self-assembly, which enables thickness and placement control over multiple constituents for true nanostructured multifunctionality and homogeneity (surface… More

Lightweight Metal RubberTM Sensors and Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrea Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $67,016.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed program is to develop lightweight and highly elastic electrically conducting interconnects and strain sensor arrays for next generation adaptive aerospace vehicles and structures. The systems-level problem this would solve is the inability of currently available… More

Innovative Siloxane Nanocomposite Elastomers as Blast/Fire Resistant Polymer Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop low-cost, elastomeric nanocomposites as blast resistant coatings with exceptional fire resistance. The novel copolymer systems would be synthesized from the chemical modification of a number of siloxane templates with silsesquioxane and… More

Multifunctional, Nanostructured Metal Rubber Protective Films for Space Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed revolutionary nanostructured, yet macroscale, multifunctional Metal RubberTM films. In support of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, low cost Metal RubberTM freestanding or conformal skins would be optimized as protective coatings for human and robotic space exploration. … More

Harvesting Electric Power through an Instrumented PVDF Backpack Harness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UN.
Principal Investigator: Kevin Farinholt, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Henry A. Sodano
Abstract:
The proposed research is to model, design and develop a prototype backpack harness that is capable of generating electricity due to the differential forces between the wearer and a backpack that occur during walking while minimizing the weight and effect on the soldier. The design will replace the… More

Nanostructured Erosion Resistant Coatings for Zinc Sulfide Windows and Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DAYTON
Principal Investigator: M. Berg, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Robert Boehmer
Abstract:
Forward looking infrared (FLIR) systems are imaging devices that use two basic ranges of the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum: 3-5 µm (MWIR) and 8-12 µm (LWIR). These systems have applications in naval vessels, helicopters, armored fighting vehicles and fixed-wing aircraft. The… More

High Performance, Low-Cost Nanostructured Mirror Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michelle Berg, Mrs.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The generation of solar thermal energy requires a large number of mirror concentrators. These mirrors are expensive to produce, which raises the initial investment in the system. Moreover, the mirrors lose their reflectivity over time, reducing system efficiency and increasing cost due to periodic… More

Super High Temperature Erosion and Wear Resistant Ceramic RubberT Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J.h. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed revolutionary nanostructured, inorganic/organic hybrid Metal RubberT and Ceramic RubberT coatings. Specifically, ultra-lightweight (< 0.98 g/cc), nanostructured conformal coatings with low CTE, thermal protection (> 450 C, 842 F) and abrasion / wear resistance with excellent… More

Embedded Health Monitoring Sensor Systems and Ultrasonic Acoustic Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: S. Subrahmanyan, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop sensors for the health-monitoring of F-35/Joint Strike Fighter through this Air Force SBIR program. During Phase I, NanoSonic would design and fabricate novel nanostructured thin film sensors formed by Electrostatic Self-Assembly (ESA) to detect material deterioration… More

Advances in ESA Design and Synthesis using Full-wave, Direct-solve Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will produce a computational electromagnetics (CEM) tool to efficiently determine high fidelity solutions for arbitrarily configured ESAs and for the optimization of ESAs in electromagnetically varying environments. Two CEM technologies would be used: a state-of-the-art… More

Multifunctional Metal RubberTM Super-NanoComposites for Missile Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic would produce lightweight (< 0.98 g/cc), ablation resistant, rad hard, EMI shielding (-70 dB), inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites with ultra-high thermal stability (> 450 C). NanoSonic is the only manufacturer of Metal Rubber nanostructured yet macroscale (8' x 4') films and… More

Nanostructured Radiation Hard Optical Coatings for Star Trackers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: M. Berg, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
During the proposed Phase I SBIR program, NanoSonic will fabricate novel multilayered self-assembled anti-reflective coatings onto the surface of space-based detector substrates that will impart improved durability and broadband transmission exceeding the current treatment technology. NanoSonic… More

Highly Elastomeric Metal RubberT Sealants with Superb Electromagnetic Integrity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed Metal RubberT, a revolutionary nanocomposite with bulk resistivity (up to 2 x 10-5 ∙cm) that can be repeatedly strained and maintain electromagnetic integrity. Unlike typical nanocomposites that require 20-80 volume % filler (Ag flake) or 1-5 volume % for… More

Low-Cost Self-Assembly Technique for a Fully-Integrated Light-Weight Metal RubberT Corrosion Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Director of Program Development
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop a durable fully-integrated nanostructured sensor to detect surface-related phenomena, such as wear/corrosion, of military aircraft; specifically, a Metal Rubber(TM) corrosion detection system. Metal RubberT (MRT) is a multifunctional nanostructured material that can… More

Micro Air Vehicle(MAV) Flight Data Sensors for Practical Flow Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, PI, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the proposed Air Force Phase I SBIR program is to demonstrate the feasibility of ultra-lightweight conformal sensor elements and patterned arrays based on Metal RubberT gossamer nanocomposite materials. The small size, low weight, conformability and simplicity of these sensors make… More

Economical Robust Multifunctional Bridge Window Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mike Bortner, PI, Sr. Group Leader
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Navy SBIR program is to demonstrate economical, high performance, multifunctional bridge window coatings that offer high levels of electrical conductivity, high optical transmission, high levels of hydrophilicity (for anti-fogging and anti-reflection), and improved… More

Hardware Component Prototyping for Operationally Responsive Space Access

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Director of Program Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Air Force SBIR program is to develop prototyping capability for the design integration of long length scale structural health monitoring (SHM) sensors with reusable launch vehicle (RLV) structures to enable quick analysis and turnaround. NanoSonic would work with… More

Deformable Metal RubberTM Capacitors with High Energy-Density Nanostructured Cores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic would produce highly ordered dielectric-polymer hybrid nanocomposites with high dielectric strength via the modification of high performance polymer backbones (demonstrated for high kV/dt applications) with controlled mole fractions of ferroelectric complexing and crosslink sites. Such… More

Advanced Materials for Submarine Antenna Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. Berg, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,804.00
Abstract:
This proposed SBIR program would develop low loss, structural, high performance polymer matrix nanocomposites with controlled permittivity for radome applications. A radome's function is to protect the antenna, modify the impact of the antenna on the hydrodynamics, and the radar cross-section of the… More

Anti-Tamper Nanocomposite Phase Change Coatings for Military Electronic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This Navy SBIR program would develop and demonstrate conformal Metal RubberT thin film sensor materials and interconnects for the measurement of near-wall skin friction and turbulence at the surface of underwater structural components. Metal RubberT is a self-assembled electrically conducting,… More

Metal RubberTM Sensor Skin for the Measurement of Skin-Fiction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Director of Program Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This program would develop conformal sensor skin arrays based on self-assembled Metal RubberT nanocomposites for the distributed spatial measurement of skin friction and drag near the surfaces of large wind tunnels. NanoSonic would analytically model and experimentally demonstrate the performance… More

A Light-weight, Rugged, Low-volume, Ku/Ka SATCOM Antenna for Mobile Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will result in the design, simulation and construction of portions of a prototype Ku/Ka-band array. To accomplish this task, NanoSonic is staffed or has teamed with a unique combination of engineers, chemists and materials scientists capable of producing and simulating this… More

Self-Assembly Production of Hybrid CMOS/Nanodevice Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed SBIR program is to develop wet chemistry nanopatterning techniques compatible with conventional IC gate array processing materials and methods, and capable of fabricating conducting nanorod geometries to address individual elements in dense arrays. NanoSonic and the… More

Innovative Silicon Nitride - Zirconium Dioxide Nanocomposites for Turbine Engine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR is to develop zirconium dioxide - silicon nitride nanocomposites as high temperature, corrosion resistant thermal barrier coatings for turbine engine components. The novel nanocomposite coatings would consist of zirconium dioxide nanoparticles encapsulated with… More

Lightweight, Wearable Metal Rubber-Textile Sensor for In Situ Lunar Autonomous Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrea I. Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop a low-weight, non-invasive in situ autonomous health-monitoring system for crewmembers' lunar extravehicular activity (EVA). This novel sensor technology aims at monitoring health status to improve comfort and efficiency of astronaut as well as to eliminate… More

Lightweight Metal RubberTM Sensors and Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrea N. Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this NASA Phase II program is to develop and increase the Technology Readiness Level of multifunctional Metal RubberTM (MRTM) materials that can be used as 1) large strain sensors, and 2) strain-insensitive electrical interconnects for aerospace systems and structures. The… More

Multifunctional, Nanostructured Metal Rubber Protective Films for Space Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer H. Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed revolutionary nanostructured, yet macroscale, multifunctional Metal RubberTM films. In support of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, low cost Metal RubberTM freestanding or conformal skins are being optimized as protective coatings for human and robotic space exploration. … More

Ultralightweight PV Array Materials for Deep Space Mission Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer G. Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Photovoltaic arrays for future deep space NASA missions demand multiple functionalities. They must efficiently generate electrical power, have very large areas and very low areal mass densities, mechanical flexibility to allow them to be compactly stowed and deployed in space, and the ability to… More

High Performance, Low-Cost Nanostructured Mirror Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michelle Berg, Mrs
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Solar thermal energy conversion is currently the lowest-cost source for environmentally-friendly, renewable solar energy. However, to make this technology cost competitive with conventional power generation, capital investment must be reduced through increased component longevity or increased… More

Nanocomposite Textiles as Lightweight, Low-Volume Deployable Antenna Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brad G. Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will result in the application and characterization of highly conductive, inexpensive, nanostructured textiles and composites for ultra lightweight, low-volume antenna applications. Metal RubberTM is a highly successful product for NanoSonic and has tested well for… More

Advances in ESA Design and Synthesis using Full-wave, Direct-solve Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The code developed in this Phase II SBIR program would remove computational barriers to the application of full-wave computational electromagnetics to the design and analysis of large antenna arrays mounted on arbitrary platforms. Starting with a state-of-the-art computational electromagnetics (CEM)… More

SBIR Phase I: Self-Assembled Nanocrystal Photovoltaic Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Hang J. Ruan, PhD
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I proposal will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes for the large-area and low-cost fabrication of allinorganic nanocrystal photovoltaic (NC-PV) devices. Current limitations for organic PV… More

Super-Lightweight Active Ceramic RubberT for Reconfigurable Thermal Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed a proprietary nanostructured spray self-assembly (SSA) manufacturing technique for the production of super lightweight (0.98g/cc) conformal coatings and space tolerant structures with multiple controlled static or variable electromagnetic (EM) properties. Resultant highly… More

Highly Deformable Electrically Self-Healing Metal RubberT Skins for Morphing UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed Metal RubberT, a highly electrically conductive nanocomposite with tailored surface resistivity (as low as 0.2 /) that can be repeatedly strained to greater than 1000% while maintaining electromagnetic integrity. Unlike typical dense, brittle nanocomposites… More

A Low-Cost, Lightweight MTM Enhanced Conformal Antenna for GPS/Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will result in the design, simulation and construction of a prototype of a multi-band GPS/Communication system antenna. To accomplish this task, NanoSonic is staffed or has teamed with a unique combination of engineers, chemists and materials scientists capable of… More

Bottom-Up Self-Assembly of Visible Wavelength Metamaterials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
This program would investigate the feasibility of molecular-level "bottom-up" chemical processing to form metamaterials for operation in the visible and near-IR portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) processes would be used to pattern multilayer arrays of… More

Novel NanoStructured Self-Assembled Fabric Coatings for Future Aircrew Life Support Equipment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop an innovative fabric coating for future aircrew life support equipment that is flame-resistant, antimicrobial, breathable, durable, comfortable, and provides water-immersion protection superior to current legacy aircrew life support equipment using Electrostatic… More

Ultra-Lightweight High Efficiency Nanostructured Materials and Coatings for Deep Space Mission Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer H. Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed a nanostructured spray self-assembly manufacturing method that has resulted in ultra-lightweight (< 0.4g/cc) textile interconnects for photovoltaic arrays, durable EMI shielding (-70 dB) solar collector membranes with unprecedented flexibility (> 1000%), and multi-layer, high… More

Lightweight, Wearable Metal Rubber-Textile Sensor for In-Situ Lunar Autonomous Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrea Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
This NASA Phase II SBIR program would develop comfortable garments with multiple integrated sensor functions for the monitoring of astronauts during long duration space missions. During Phase I, NanoSonic demonstrated the feasibility of using its patented Metal RubberTM sheet and fabric materials as… More

A Tethered Antenna System for High Data Rate UUV Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I program, NanoSonic would work with a major research university and a large DoD prime contractor to investigate the application of tethered antennas to UUVs. Through this program, NanoSonic's team would perform system design and feasibility studies as well as produce designs and… More

Magnetic RubberT Coatings for High-Strength Optical Fiber Communications Lind Payout Cable

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This program would develop high-strength, low bendloss singlemode optical payout fibers with Magnetic RubberT coatings, and magnetic mandrel bobbins, for high speed underwater communication data links. Unlike conventional fiber-wound bobbin designs, magnetically-coated optical fiber and a magnetic… More

Lightweight Hybrid Polyureasiloxane Materials as Blast, Fragmentation Protective Coatings for the Marine Corps EFV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTI
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, High Performance Polymers Grp Leadr
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Doug Hansen
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I STTR program is to develop innovative lightweight (density < 1.17 g/cm3) polyureasiloxane hybrid coatings as multi-mechanism blast, fragmentation and environmental protective coatings for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. NanoSonic will synergistically… More

A Combinatorial Approach to Obtain Ultra-High CNT Loading in Multifunctional Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: VIRGINIA TECH
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Director of Nanomaterials Mnfct.
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Donald G. Baird
Abstract:
The objective of this Navy STTR program is to develop and demonstrate methodologies for ultrahigh loading of carbon nanotubes in thermosetting resins and engineering thermoplastics. A combinatorial approach will be pursued to achieve the STTR goal: partially involving the use of novel molecularly… More

Multifunctional Erosion Resistant Icephobic Appliquýýs for Rotorblades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mike Bortner, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this Phase I NASA SBIR program is to develop high performance multifunctional nanostructured materials that can be used to fabricate icephobic multifunctional appliquýýs with enhanced erosion resistance for rotorcraft leading edges. The proposed technology offers integrated… More

Multifunctional Metal RubberT Composite Structural Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program would develop multifunctional structural composite materials based on NanoSonic's Metal RubberT. The Metal RubberT composites would offer mechanical stiffness-to-weight comparable with conventional cross-ply laminate face sheet and structural composite materials, but also… More

Ballistic Resistant, Environmentally Robust Hybrid Polysiloxane Nanocomposites as Optically Transparent Protective Coatings for Polycarbonate Protecti

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, High Performance Polymers Gp Leader
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to design, synthesize and qualify innovative optically transparent ballistic and abrasion resistant hybrid polysiloxane nanocomposites for use as protective coatings on polycarbonate protective equipment. Researchers will synergistically combine the… More

SBIR Phase I: Self Assembled Nanocrystal Thin Film Transistor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yuhong Kang, MA
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I Small Business Innovation Research project is to design and fabricate Nanocrystal Thin Film Transistor (NC-TFT) devices for flexible display application, using molecular level self-assembly performed at room temperature. Specifically, this project will combine advances in semiconductive… More

Self-Assembly Production of Hybrid CMOS/Nanodevice Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Army Phase II SBIR program is to transition demonstrated wet chemistry molecular electronic device manufacturing concepts to both near-term defense system applications, and the longer-term development of a broader range of electronic and optoelectronic device functionalities. … More

High Temperature Anticorrosion Ceramic Nanocomposite Coatings for Current and Next Generation Turbine Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI, Group Leader
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II DARPA SBIR program is to further optimize, tailor NanoSonic's silicon nitride anticorrosion nanocomposite coatings for integration within current and future turbine engine systems. By synergistically combining the exceptional thermomechanical properties, thermal shock… More

Highly Elastomeric Metal RubberT Sealants with Superb Electromagnetic Integrity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Developmen
Award Amount: $748,952.00
Abstract:
During Phase I of this SBIR program, NanoSonic has developed a novel, ultra-lightweight (

Low-Cost Self-Assembly Technique for a Fully-Integrated Light-Weight Metal RubberT Corrosion Sensor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Director of Program Devel
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
This Navy Phase II SBIR program would demonstrate the performance and increase the TRL of nanostructured Metal RubberT-based corrosion sensor elements and interrogation systems for use on legacy military aircraft. This will involve demonstration of sensor materials, wire-connected and wireless RF… More

Highly Flame, Blast and Ballistic Resistant Hybrid Polysiloxane Coatings for U.S. Navy Ship Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI
Award Amount: $449,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II program is to further optimize NanoSonic's non-halogenated hybrid polysiloxane - modified acrylic composite coatings for integration within current and future U.S. Navy ship structures requiring enhanced flame, blast and ballistic protection. By synergistically… More

Economical Robust Multifunctional Bridge Window Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Director of Nanocomposite
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of this SBIR program is to develop, demonstrate, and qualify an improved bridge window system for insertion on next generation DDG51 and other surface ships. The goal of the Phase II effort is to combine and transition the technologies demonstrated during Phase I into a complete,… More

A Light-weight, Rugged, Low-volume, Ku/Ka SATCOM Antenna for Mobile Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $598,757.00
Abstract:
Through this Phase II SBIR program, NanoSonic would optimize materials and processes to produce a manufacturable, robust, and highly integrated phased array antenna. NanoSonic will work with the USMC and a major defense contractor to establish the needed antenna characteristics that will satisfy the… More

Ultra Lightweight Metal RubberT Flight Control Sensors and Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Director of Program Devel
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This Air Force Phase II SBIR program would apply thin film Metal RubberT sensor skin arrays to the quantitative measurement of distributed flow on Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) control surface test articles. During the Phase I program, NanoSonic designed and synthesized electrically… More

Polarimetric Modeling using a Computationally Efficient Physics-Based Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Global monitoring for nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction typically involves standoff detection through remote sensing technologies (radar, ladar, optical imaging, etc.). A backscattered radar or optical waveform contains information in its amplitude, phase, and polarization as well as… More

Economical Nanostructured Super Low Friction Shipboard Duct Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Director of Nanomaterials Mftg.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the proposed Phase I SBIR program is to develop and demonstrate extremely low cost, lightweight, robust frictional drag reduction nanocomposite coatings that provide high levels of corrosion resistance and flame retardant for use

CNT Nanocomposites for Space-Based Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Chief Scientist for Hall
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Air Force SBIR program is to determine the feasibility to use carbon nanotubes for fabrication of composite materials for a broad range of space systems electronics applications. NanoSonic will build on its patented nanocomposite synthesis and self-assembly fabrication… More

Flexible Metal RubberT Sensor Skin Appliqu,s

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Air Force SBIR program is to develop flexible, conformal Metal RubberT sensor skin appliqu,s for the distributed measurement of skin friction and pressure on aeroelastically tailored wind tunnel models. The sensor skin arrays would allow the direct mapping of shear and normal… More

Ballistic Resistant, Environmentally Robust Hybrid Polyorganosiloxane Nanocomposites as Optically Transparent Protective Coatings for Polycarbonate Pr

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
During Phase I of NanoSonic's SBIR program, researchers synthesized and characterized over 200 polyorganosiloxane nanocomposite coatings and statistically down-selected optimized materials with exceptional optical clarity, ballistic impact durability, abrasion resistance and HVLP spray… More

Metal Rubber Sensor Appliquýýs for Rotor Blade Air

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this NASA SBIR program is to develop conformal Metal RubberTM sensor skins for the distributed measurement of wall shear or skin friction on rotorcraft rotor blades. The sensor skin arrays would allow the direct two-dimensional mapping of both orthogonal components of tangential… More

Metal Rubber^TM Sensors for Skin Friction Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech, Dept. of Aerospace and Ocean Eng.
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The objective of this NASA STTR program is to develop conformal thin film sensors and sensor arrays for the direct measurement and mapping of distributed skin friction on the surfaces of flight-test vehicles and wind tunnel models at DFRC and other NASA centers. NanoSonic would use its patented… More

Multifunctional Erosion Resistant Icephobic Appliques for Rotorblades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mike Bortner, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this NASA SBIR program is to develop technology enablers for NASA's rotorcraft vision to facilitate rotorcraft operation in all weather environments. Specifically, NanoSonic will build on its successful completion of Phase I objectives and first generation test article… More

(Shape Memory Integrated Vital Energy Resource) SHIVER-Suit for SOF Divers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic would develop ultra-lightweight (0.98 g/cc), breathable, nanostructured, yet large area Metal RubberT Skins and Textiles with active thermal control. The proposed SHIVER-Suits (Shape Memory Integrated Vital Energy Resource) for U.S. Special Operation Forces are expected to extend both the… More

SBIR Phase II: Self Assembled Nanocrystal Thin Film Transistor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yuhong Kang, MA
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This NSF Phase II SBIR program aims to develop and demonstrate large area and high performance nanocrystal thin film transistor (NC-TFT) based active matrix backplanes for flexible display… More

Novel Ultralow-Weight Metal Rubber Sensor System for Ultra Long-Duration Scientific Balloons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrea Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop an innovative, ultralow mass density, and non-intrusive sensor system for ultra long duration balloons that will operate in the most extreme environmental conditions. Specifically, the sensors would be integrated onto the load bearing seams and/or outer balloon mesh… More

Hydrophobic Polymers with Adherend Complexing Sidechains as Durable Aerospace Adhesives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In support of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NanoSonic would optimize our moisture-resistant aerospace adhesives with in-situ corrosion mitigating surface treatments to improve aviation safety by reducing durability related hazards on subsonic commercial aircraft. NanoSonic… More

High-Strength, Controlled Permittivity Composites for Advanced Submarine Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michelle Berg, PI
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
This proposed SBIR program would develop low loss, structural, high performance polymer matrix nanocomposites with controlled permittivity for radome applications. A radome's function is to protect the antenna, modify the impact of the antenna on the hydrodynamics, and the radar cross-section of the… More

Low Density, Rugged, Shape Memory-Metal RubberT Morph-on-Demand Towed Array Hose

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J.h. Lalli, VP of Business Developmen
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic specializes in the production of multifunctional, nanostructured morphing airfoils and hydrofoils via Shape Memory-Metal RubberT (SM-MR). SM-MRT would be exploited as a smart towed array hose that can both sense and change its shape under sea-water to reduce damaging strum-induced… More

Self-Assembled Materials for Lightweight IR Cameras

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
This program would investigate new lightweight imaging and detection materials for use in IR imaging systems for UAVs. During Phase I, infrared wavelength metamaterials and quantum nanocluster detector arrays would be designed, and experimental prototypes fabricated and analyzed. Material and… More

Photo-Thermal Formation of Sighting Reticles Inside Self-Assembled Bulk Glass Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard O. Claus, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This Army SBIR program would demonstrate the feasibility of forming weapon sighting reticles inside the bulk volumes of optical components. Bulk aluminosilicate glass optical components would be fabricated using layer-by-layer self-assembly processing techniques. These non-traditional processes… More

RadHard-Morphing-Sensing SuperSkins for Interceptor Kill Vehicles with Enhanced Lethality

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has recently developed nanostructured, large area (3' x 10') Shape Memory Metal RubberT (SM-MRT), a highly flexible, shielding, morphing ballistic defense missile super skin. NanoSonic would develop advanced synergistic morphing-sensing-shielding materials for interceptor kill vehicle… More

Shape Memory Antimicrobial Radioprotective TextilesT (SMARTT) Garments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: J.h. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic specializes in the production of low cost, ultra-lightweight (0.98vg/cc), highly EMI shielding (-70 dB SE) Au-nanoparticle based Metal RubberT Skins and Textiles. We have recently demonstrated Metal RubberT with shape memory polymers (SMP) and Ag nanoparticles, resulting in active,… More

Maritime Power Harvesting Piezo-RubberT Transducers for Autonomous In-water Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J.h. Lalli, VP of Business Developmen
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In support of the Naval Air Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Systems'' mission to rapidly deploy portable, autonomous sensor systems for training ranges in threat representative locale, NanoSonic offers Piezo-RubberT, maritime power harvesting transducers. Piezo-RubberT distributed skins would exploit… More

Spray Depositable High Temperature Nanoporous Polyorganosiloxane Nanocomposite Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aircraft Structural Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, High Performance Polymers
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop spray depositable, environmentally durable nanoporous polyorganosiloxane nanocomposite thermal barrier coatings for protecting aircraft structures from temperatures > 500 oF. The proposed coating technology will serve as a replacement for… More

Advanced Concepts and Material Solutions for Conformal Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, VP Of Engineering
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will be used to demonstrate advanced simulation, materials and fabrication processes for conformal antennas enhanced by the addition of substrates and superstrates with customized permittivity, permeability and through the application of metamaterials. To accomplish this… More

Metal RubberT Replacements for Conventional Metal Materials in USVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program would demonstrate the feasibility of replacing heavy metal materials and components onboard unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with equivalent materials and components fabricated using lightweight Metal RubberT. Metal RubberT is a self-assembled nanocomposite material with an… More

Ultra High Temperature Environmentally Robust Nanocomposite Thermal Barrier Coatings for Nickel Super Alloy IGCC Turbine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vincent Baranauskas, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants represent the next generation electrical power source for our nation¿s increasing power needs, while also providing an environmentally responsible process for minimizing pollution from greenhouse gases. IGCC systems offer a more efficient… More

Low-Cost Solar Coatings for Improved Thermal Performance of Components in Concentrating Solar Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michelle Berg, Ms.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Conventional solar-receiver piping used in solar power systems uses steel pipe, an absorbing coating, and a concentric glass tube separated axially from the pipe by an evacuated space. This conventional pipe design works, but suffers from high manufacturing cost, a lack of environmental robustness,… More

Highly Deformable Electrically Self-Healing Metal RubberT Skins for Morphing UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Developmen
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed Metal RubberT, a highly electrically conductive nanocomposite with tailored surface resistivity (as low as 0.2 /) and EMI shielding up to 70dB that can be repeatedly strained to greater than 1000% while maintaining electromagnetic integrity. Unlike typical… More

CPP - Innovative Siloxane Nanocomposite Elastomers as Blast/Fire Resistant Polymer Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this effort is to transition NanoSonic's Phase II optimized blast and flame protective coatings to continuous pilot scale manufacturing and large scale plural component spray deposition processes. Additionally, NanoSonic will provide nanocomposite coated shipboard panels to Northrop… More

Non-destructive Exfoliation and Drying of Anisotropic Nanomaterials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Director Nanomaterials Manufacturng
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Don Baird
Abstract:
The overall goal of this proposed Army STTR is to demonstrate low-cost, non-destructive methodologies for non-agglomerating drying of anisotropic nanomaterials. NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will work in tandem to demonstrate novel approaches involving both high performance coatings and CO2… More

High Temperature Metal RubberTM Sensors For Skin Friction Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Joseph Schetz
Abstract:
The Air Force Phase I STTR program would develop and demonstrate high temperature version of 'sensor skins' capable of multi-axis flow characterization on air breathing hypersonic engines. This would build upon NanoSonic's successful demonstration of Metal RubberT transducer materials for the… More

Lightweight, Highly Flexible Ceramic Copolymer Composite Liners for Providing Multi-Threat Laceration, Abrasion and Puncture Protection to Special Ope

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to design, construct and qualify next generation ceramic copolymer drysuit liners for providing multi-threat protection to special operations forces (SOF) divers from laceration, abrasion and puncture threats. The proposed lightweight, highly flexible… More

Hydrophobic Polymers with Adherend Complexing Sidechains as Durable Aerospace Adhesives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
In support of NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and Aviation Safety Mission, NanoSonic has developed a series of moisture and corrosion mitigating, ultra-hydrophobic, environmentally tunable, nanophase separating adhesive modifiers and complementary high performance, wide service… More

Super Lightweight, Rad Hard, Morphing, Synergistic Structures for BMDS Kill Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed Shape Memory Metal RubberT (SM-MR) skins that exhibit reconfigurable and durable RF properties and can be repeatedly and severely morphed without loss of EMI shielding (-88dB). Recently, it was found that SM-MR exhibits greater gamma ray attenuation relative to commercial… More

Metal Rubber Sensor Appliqu

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Thin film Metal RubberTM sensor appliqu

Radiation Resistant, Reconfigurable, Shape Memory Metal Rubber Space Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Colorado State University
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
NanoSonic has demonstrated that Shape Memory Metal RubberTM (SM-MR) adaptive skins exhibit reconfigurable and durable RF properties. It is hypothesized that such morphing skins shall also exhibit durable radiation resistance upon morphing; a property that few, if any, flexible materials offer. … More

Self Assembled Carbon Nanotube Enhanced Ultracapacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The objective of this NASA STTR program is to develop single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) based ultracapacitors for energy storage devices (ESD) application, using NanoSonic's patented molecular level self-assembly process performed at room temperature. Specifically, we would combine advances in… More

Climate Control Technology for Fossil Energy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Linda Bucy
Abstract:
Concern over CO2 emissions and global greenhouse effects has prompted new uses for reclaimed CO2 effluent from coal fired power plants. Similarly, volatile organic solvent emissions have prompted an initiative to identify cleaner solvents for high performance polymer processing, particularly when… More

Rugged Metal RubberT Sensor Film for Force and Shear Measurement of Aircraft Tires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Keith Hill, PI
Award Amount: $98,230.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this Air Force SBIR program is to develop and demonstrate normal and shear force sensor films made of NanoSonic's novel Metal RubberT sensors that will be used to provide continuous, dynamic measurements of the forces generated under aircraft tire treads. The use of Metal RubberT… More

Materials for Morphing Shape-Memory Polymer (SMP) Skins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed Shape Memory-Metal RubberT (SM-MR), a highly electrically conductive, mechanically adaptive, thermoresponsive skins for morphing unmanned air systems (UAS). Extremely durable SM-MR skins exhibit high DC and RF conductivity, up to -88 dB EMI SE upon repeated, severe disparate… More

Variable Field-of-View Apertures for Satellite and Conformal UAV Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, VP of Engineering, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project, NanoSonic would perform trade studies for multiple antenna systems meeting the wide field-of-view and multiple beam aperture set forth in this solicitation. An initial design for a phased array and reflectarray would be performed; in this task NanoSonic would work with a… More

Permanently Tacky, Repositionable, Enduring Adhesives for Reduced Outer Mold Line Maintenance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Development
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic specializes in the design and synthesis of non-commodity, wide service temperature range (-120C to > 350C), polar poly(organosiloxanes) pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs). NanoSonic has demonstrated that the mole fraction of polar sidechain units dictates the adhesive… More

Conformal Nanostructured Metal RubberT Skin Friction Sensors for Near-Wall Flow Analysis of Underwater Vessels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic plans to develop a novel, lightweight, and conformal sensor skin that would measure skin friction to assess near-wall surface flows of underwater vessels. Specifically, a thin nanostructured sensor skin that can be conformally attached onto a substrate or vessel to monitor skin friction… More

Economical Nanostructured Super Low Friction Shipboard Duct Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, PI – (540) 953-1785
Award Amount: $698,441.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the proposed SBIR program is to develop, optimize, qualify, and transition low cost, lightweight, robust frictional drag reduction nanocomposite coatings that provide high levels of corrosion resistance and flame retardance. The objectives of the proposed Phase II SBIR… More

Shape Memory Antimicrobial Radioprotective Textiles (SMART) Garments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: J. Lalli, VP of Business Developmen – (540) 953-1785
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
While radiation shielding primarily depends on mass density and thickness, NanoSonic has physically demonstrated 1) self-assembled SMART garments based on high z nanostructured elements that do not emit harmful secondary radiation, and 2) significant improvements in gamma ray attenuation (under… More

Lightweight EMI-Resistant Metal Rubberf,> Wiring for Rotorcraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, President, PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonicf?Ts breakthrough technology of Metal RubberTM lends itself to the Armyf?Ts objective of reducing the EMI susceptibility of wiring on advanced helicopters, by 1) improving the performance of current technology wiring harnesses, and 2) using Metal Rubberf?Ts unique characteristics to… More

RadHard-Morphing-Sensing SuperSkins for Interceptor Kill Vehicles with Enhanced Lethality

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, VP of Business Developmen
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed advanced synergistic morphing-sensing-shielding materials for interceptor kill vehicle structures as key enablers for state-of-the-art ultra Lightweight Kill Vehicle (LKV) ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) interceptors. Next generation Agile KVs, deployable space… More

Advanced Concepts and Material Solutions for Conformal Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, PI
Award Amount: $299,984.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of this Phase II SBIR program would be the continued development of materials for high temperature supersonic flight, designs for low profile, structurally robust conformal antennas and techniques for more rapid, cost-effective and manufacturable fabrication of antennas for… More

Tacky, Polar Poly(organosiloxane) PSAs for Elegantly Tailored High Performance Adhesion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Lalli, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has designed, physically demonstrated, and delivered high performance pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) to the Navy that may enable laminate based paint replacement systems for current and future fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft. NanoSonic's "Paint-it PSAr" is offered to NSMA / NAVAIR… More

Tacky, Polar Poly(organosiloxane) PSAs for Elegantly Tailored High Performance Adhesion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Lalli, PI, CTO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic would optimize our novel polyorganosiloxane and siloxane-urethane copolymers as high performance, residue free, pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) that would promote simple appliqu, films repositioning/removal from NAVAIR rotorcraft and fixed-wing surfaces. The proposed PSAs offer… More

Advanced Self-Assembly Method to Fabricate Novel Nanostructured Fabric Coatings for Diver Protection from Water Contaminants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop a novel nanostructured fabric coating method to fabricate a full protection system for divers towards water contaminants. Specifically, the nano-skin protection system would be lightweight, flexible/non-restrictive (for diver mobility), durable (will not degrade with… More

Low Cost, Environmentally Robust Hybrid Polyorganosiloxane Nanocomposite Coatings for Preventing Inter-Granular Corrosion in Sensitized 5000 Series Al

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop innovative hybrid polyorganosiloxane nanocomposite protective coatings for preventing inter-granular corrosion in sensitized 5000 series aluminum alloys. The novel nanocomposite coatings would consist of NanoSonic's marine durable fluorinated… More

Lightweight, Flexible Ceramic Nanocomposite Polymer Armor Plates for Next Generation Body Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop innovative lightweight, ballistic resistant ceramic nanocomposite armor plates that may be used in place of enhanced small arms protective inserts (E-SAPI) within Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) systems. The proposed lightweight ceramic composite… More

Lightweight High Power Metal RubberT Electrical Cables for CG(X) IPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, President, PI
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This program would demonstrate the feasibility of replacing heavy high power electrical distribution cables with lightweight Metal RubberTM cables. Lightweight power dense cables are important as feeds from primary power transmission lines below deck to high power weapon and radar systems above… More

Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Lee Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Joseph Poon
Abstract:
This DOE SBIR/STTR program will result in the commercialization of a low-cost anostructured composite thermoelectric device. Such devices represent the next generation solution for an increasingly strained energy market by converting existing waste heat into electrical power. More waste heat is… More

High Performance Hybrid Polyorganosiloxane Cements for Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vincent Baranauskas, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Geothermal energy technologies have the potential to provide a significant source of clean electrical energy for U.S. citizens yet face considerable technical and economic challenges to market acceptance and integration. Of particular interest, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) have the potential… More

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

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: C. Poquette, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
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… More

Lightweight Metal Rubber Wire and Cable for Space Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Texas A&M
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Kennith Meissner
Abstract:
The objective of this NASA STTR program is to produce ultra-lightweight electrical wire and cable harnesses to reduce the liftoff weight of future space flight vehicles. In cooperation with materials scientists at Texas A & M, NanoSonic would develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight Metal… More

Lightweight, Radiation Resistant, Low Tg, Thoraeus Rubber Inflatable Space Habitats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: CSU
Principal Investigator: Jennifer H. Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Thom Borak
Abstract:
NanoSonic's Shape Memory Metal Rubber<SUP>TM</SUP> (SM-MR) exhibits reconfigurable and recoverable changes in structural and RF properties as it can be mechanically and repeatedly inflated without loss of EMI shielding (-88dB). In support of NASA's goals for a robust space… More

Low-Weight, Durable, and Low-Cost Metal Rubber Sensor System for Ultra Long Duration Scientific Balloons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to develop an innovative, low-cost, ultra low mass density, and non-intrusive sensor system for ultra long duration balloons (ULDB) that will operate in the most extreme environmental conditions. Specifically, the sensors would be integrated onto the load bearing seams and/or… More

Self-Powered Wireless Sensing and Control of Intelligent Facilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Bingaman, Mr. – 540-626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Measurement and efficient control of power consumption of High Performance Computing (HPC) and HVAC subsystems within facilities are less than adequate for meeting newly developing and improving efficiency standards. Energy management systems, including sensors, signal processing, feedback and… More

Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Lee Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
This DOE SBIR/STTR program will result in the commercialization of a low-cost anostructured composite thermoelectric device. Such devices represent the next generation solution for an increasingly strained energy market by converting existing waste heat into electrical power. More waste heat is… More

Semiconductor Nanomembrane Based Flexible PV Power Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Y. Kang, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Marius Orlowski
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The purpose of the proposed Air Force Phase I STTR program is to fabricate semiconductor nanomembrane based photovoltaic (PV) power sources on flexible substrates, using Virginia Tech NanoCMOS Laboratory"s SOI silicon nanomembrane technique in combination with NanoSonic"s… More

Lightweight, HybridSil Nanocomposites for Ballistic, Blast and Flame Protection to MTVR Fuel Tanks and Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Donald G. Baird
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I STTR program is to develop and qualify innovative lightweight, high temperature composite materials that provide ballistic, blast and flame protection to MTVR fuel tanks and engine compartment structures. NanoSonic will work closely with Virginia Tech to simulate the… More

Flame Resistant HybridSil Matrices for Affordable, Next Generation Shipboard Carbon Fiber Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Donald G. Baird
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I STTR is to design and qualify affordable, flame resistant HybridSil copolymers that may be integrated within carbon fiber reinforced composites in place of brominated vinyl esters for improved fire resistance, negligible smoke toxicity, and enhanced mechanical… More

Synthesis and Processing of High Performance Multi-spectral Obscurants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Don Baird
Abstract:
The overall objective of this program is to enable low-cost production of high performance visible, IR and bispectral obscurants for improved ground force stealth and protection across the Armed Forces. In order to realize this goal, NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will build on promising Phase I… More

Airless HybridSil Combat Tires for Special Operations Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop and qualify next generation antiballistic airless tires that provide high speed off-road performance for Special Operations vehicles. The proposed tire technology will provide non-pneumatic antiballistic tires with terrain durability and… More

Ultra-High Strength, Lightweight, Manufacturable CNT Nanocomposites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, PI – (540) 953-1785
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Air Force SBIR program is to develop and demonstrate methodologies that facilitate manufacturing of carbon nanotube (CNT) enhanced structural nanocomposites. NanoSonic will integrate its novel molecularly tailored CNT dispersants with supercritical CO2 dispersing agents to… More

Rad Hard Thoraeus Rubber Filters as Durable Shielding for Munitions Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed Shape Memory Metal Rubber (SM-MR) skins that exhibit reconfigurable and durable RF properties and can be repeatedly and severely morphed without loss of EMI shielding (-88dB). Recently, it was found that SM-MR exhibits greater gamma ray attenuation relative to commercial… More

Lightweight and Rugged Reflectarray Antenna for High Gain, Portable GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: NanoSonic would design and simulate a man-portable, GNSS deployable reflectarray antenna. This design would be based on novel new HybridSil materials tailored for lightweight and stowable portable antennas. To accomplish this task, NanoSonic has created a team with a unique combination of… More

Optically Transparent, Ballistic Protective HybridSil Armor for Combat Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540)626-6266
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to adapt NanoSonic"s HybridSil armor technology for use as low cost, lightweight transparent ballistic materials for U.S. Army combat vehicles. The proposed effort will be an extension of NanoSonic"s HybridSil ballistic / blast protective core… More

(Shape Memory Integrated Vital Energy Resource) SHIVER-Suit for SOF Divers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: J.h. Lalli, PI, CTO – (540) 953-1785
Award Amount: $599,988.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed novel nanomaterials to enable a dynamic thermal protection dive suit that can adapt to variable environments and United States Special Operations Forces diver activity levels. During Phase II of this program, NanoSonic shall integrate our responsive nanomaterials into… More

Rapidly Triggered Shape Memory-Metal RubberTM Morphing Wings for Superb In-Flight Responsivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has designed and physically demonstrated Shape Memory-Metal RubberTM (SM-MR) thermoresponsive skins that rapidly trigger a mechanically adaptive response in 5-10 seconds over airfoil sections for Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPV) with wingspans up to 9'. The skin's modulus is… More

Spray Depositable, High Temperature Nanoporous Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aircraft Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
To protect outer wing panels of military aircraft from undesirable mechanical deterioration and fatigue effects from cyclic exposure to high temperature engine exhaust, NanoSonic has designed and qualified innovative spray depositable nanoporous thermal barrier coatings with exceptional thermal… More

Low Density, Rugged, Shape Memory-Metal Rubber Morph-on-Demand Towed Array Hose

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Lalli, Chief Technology Officer – (540) 953-1785
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed a cost effective, high performance Morph-on-Demand Towed Array Outer Hosewall that can temporarily and repeatedly change its shape to significantly reduce turn induced strum vibrations. Our approach may result in significant reductions in cross-flow angles up to 30 degrees to… More

Maritime Power Harvesting Piezo-Rubber Transducers for Autonomous In-water Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $373,075.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Navy Phase II SBIR program is to demonstrate the feasibility of using Piezoelectric Metal RubberTM (PMR) material for the harvesting of energy and the charging of batteries used by electrically-powered transponder systems underwater. PMR is an elastic piezoelectric material… More

Lightweight EMI-Resistant Metal Rubber Wiring for Rotorcraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $729,997.00
Abstract:
NanoSonics breakthrough Metal RubberTM technology can be used to significantly reduce the weight and improve the EMI/EMC performance of electrical communication, instrumentation and power cables onboard Army helicopters. Metal Rubber is a self-assembled nanocomposite with an electrical conductivity… More

Low Friction hybridSil Coatings for Preventing Vehicle Rollover on Concrete Barriers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, Director of Polymer Science Engineering – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this DoT SBIR program is to establish a technical foundation enabling the rapid commercial integration of low friction HybridSil™ coatings on concrete barriers for drastic reductions in vehicle rollover potential. Phase I coatings would have immediate utility within a broad… More

Highly Flexible, Fire Resistant HybridSil Foams for Next Generation Fireproofing, Insulation, and Energy Absorption NASA Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Vince Barnauskas, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
RI Contact: Thomas Bell
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I STTR program is to adapt NanoSonic's HybridSil?nanocomposite technology for the creation of next generation highly flexible, fire resistant foams capable of extended operational lifetimes within demanding aerospace platforms. Phase I optimized nanocomposite foams… More

Advanced Metal Rubber Sensors for Hypersonic Decelerator Entry Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: A. Hill, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic proposes to design and develop light-weight, low-modulus, and durable Metal Rubber?sensors for aeroelastic analysis of Hypersonic Decelerator Entry Systems (HDES), which would in effect increase the systems aerodynamic stability by contributing to optimize its design. The in-situ Metal… More

HybridSil Icephobic Nanocomposites for Next Generation Aircraft In-Flight Icing Measurement and Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this Phase I SBIR program is to adapt NanoSonic's HybridSil?nanocomposites that combine high levels of erosion resistance and anti-icing functionality to enable in-flight icing measurement and mitigation for next generation aircraft. Icing on engine components, rotors, and wings… More

Innovative, Lightweight Thoraeus RubberTM for MMOD and Space Radiation Shielding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic offers an innovative manufacturing process to yield ultra-lightweight radiation shielding nanocomposites by exploiting the concept of the Thoraeus filter on the nanoscale. Our elegant, layer-by-layer deposition process allows for unique layering with molecular level precision to… More

Radiation Hardened Nanobridge based Non-volatile Memory for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Yuhong Kang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
This NASA Phase I SBIR program would develop and demonstrate radiation hardened nanobridge based non-volatile memory (NVM) for space applications. Specifically, we would combine advances in the resistive memory materials, including solid electrolytes, metal oxides, and metal oxide composites, with… More

VOC-free, Highly Flame Resistant HybridsilTM Insulation Coatings for Next Generation Thermal Insulation and Energy Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR Program is to develop VOC-free, spray depositable HybridSilTM insulation coatings for providing next generation thermal insulation and energy efficiency within commercial and residential buildings. The proposed coating technology will serve as a replacement for… More

Integrated Metal RubberTM Sensors for Subsurface Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, Dr. – 540-626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The advanced management of remediation requires accurate experimental information about the flow status and contaminants characterization in the subsurface. Such data is the key for the Integrated Field Research Challenge (IFRC) sites to establish models concerning water transport, chemical… More

HybridSil Nanocomposite Potting Materials for Next Generation Precision Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this SBIR program is to adapt NanoSonic"s high temperature, ballistic resistant HybridSilTM nanocomposites for use as next generation potting materials with exceptional thermal durability, g-force resilience, and negligible variation (<10 %) in dynamic material parameters… More

Novel HybridSil Materials for Low-Profile, Reduced Signature, Multifunctional Conformal Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will encompass design, simulation and construction of miniaturized conformal low-profile antennas for application in GPS, Telemetry and Transponders; the designs would encompass multiband and ultrawideband elements along with aperture structures to reduce signature.… More

Self Assembled Nanocluster Based Photo Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Navy Phase I SBIR program would develop self assembled nanocluster based photo detector devices, using NanoSonic's patented new process - molecular level self-assembly performed at room temperature. Specifically, we would combine advances in the nanocluster materials, with electrostatic… More

Self-Healing HybridSil Anticorrosion Coatings for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop and qualify a next generation self-healing HybridSil anticorrosion coating that instantly repairs itself after abrasion, laceration, and puncture damage in demanding naval aviation environments. The proposed inorganic copolymer technology will… More

Metamaterial-Compensated HybridSil Structural Elements for Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will encompass design, simulation and construction of metamaterial based composite structural members for the E-2 rotodome. NanoSonic has created a team with a unique combination of engineers, chemists and materials scientists capable of design, simulation and fabrication… More

Large-Scale Production of Rugged and Robust HybridSil Metamaterial Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bradley Davis, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will encompass design, simulation and construction of large-scale metamaterial composites for use in Navy ships. NanoSonic has created a team with a unique combination of engineers, chemists and materials scientists capable of design, simulation and fabrication of this… More

Rad Hard Thoraeus Rubber Filters as Durable Shielding for Munitions Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: J. H. Lalli, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: NanoSonic has physically demonstrated innovative Thoraeus Rubber (TR) nanocomposites as ultra-lightweight, extremely durable, electromagnetic (EM) hardening materials for precision guided munitions (PGM) housing and critical circuitry. Ultra-low areal density (0.03 g/cm2) self-assembled… More

Low Cost, Environmentally Robust Hybrid Polyorganosiloxane Nanocomposite Coatings for Preventing Inter-Granular Corrosion in Sensitized 5000 Series Al

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II SBIR program is to develop and integrate a next generation corrosion protective coating that prevents corrosion within a broad spectrum of metal alloys including 5000 series aluminum alloys operating in demanding marine environments. Core HybridSilTM technology… More

HybridSil Diver Armor for Special Operation Forces Divers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $950,700.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II SBIR program is to transition NanoSonic"s HybridSil Diver armor nanocomposite technology to next generation special operations forces (SOF) dry and wet suits for drastically enhanced multi-threat protection from laceration, abrasion, and puncture threats. … More

Ultra Low Areal Density HybridSil Erosion Protective Icephobic Nanocomposites for UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this SBIR program is to develop novel, lightweight, hybrid nanocomposites that combine erosion resistance and anti-icing functionality to provide passive anti-icing protection for UAVs. NanoSonic will build on its demonstrated HybridSil Erosion protective, anti-icing appliqus/tapes… More

Ultra Low Areal Density HybridSil Erosion Protective Icephobic Nanocomposites for UAS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $501,948.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this SBIR program is to develop novel, lightweight, hybrid nanocomposites that combine high levels of anti-icing functionality and erosion resistance to provide exceptional passive anti-icing protection to support the U.S. Army Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). … More

Lightweight, HybridSil Nanocomposites for Ballistic, Blast and Fire Protection to Tactical Vehicle Fuel Tanks and Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Michael Bortner, VP Manufacturing Process – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $499,997.00
RI Contact: Carl E. Weiss
Abstract:
The overall objective of this STTR program is to develop, qualify, and transition innovative, lightweight, HybridSil nanocomposite materials for multiple threat ballistic, blast and fire protection to tactical vehicle fuel tanks. Compared to competing technologies, NanoSonic's HybridSil Fuel… More

Cryogenically Flexible, Low Permeability Thoraeus Rubber H2 Dispenser Hose

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has recently developed high strength-to-weight ratio Thoraeus Rubber composites that maintain radiation resistance and EMI shielding upon severe and repeated mechanicals strains. This state-of-the-art, flexible shielding material was designed as a bladder for space-based enclosures that… More

Lightweight, Low Permeability, Cryogenic Thoraeus RubberTM Inflatables

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic has developed a candidate state-of-the-art inflatable as a novel bladder material for life critical, space habitats that maintains low air permeability (<0.0017 cc/100in2/day/atm) upon the triple fold cold flex test conducted at -50 ?C. The multifunctional Thoraeus Rubber?(TR) films… More

Semiconductor Nanomembrane Based Flight Sensors and Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
RI Contact: Melissa Campbell
Abstract:
The NASA Phase I program would develop and demonstrate semiconductor nanomembrane (NM) based flight sensors and arrays on flexible substrates, using SOI (Silicon on Insulator) silicon NM technique in combination with our pioneering HybridsilTM copolymer nanocomposite materials. Specifically,… More

Polymer Derived Rare Earth Silicate Nanocomposite Protective Coatings for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,997.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop polymer derived rare earth silicate nanocomposite environmental barrier coatings (EBC) for providing next-generation corrosion resistance and thermal insulation to Aerojet's Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems. The NTP environmental… More

VOC-Free, Highly Flame Resistant HybridsilTM Insulation Coatings for Next Generation Thermal Insulation and Energy Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
NanoSonic’s Hybridsil® insulative coatings provide a paradigm-breaking alternative to spray-deposited polyurethane foams by affording comparable insulation yet without any of the health and safety concerns associated with diisocyanate derived foams. NanoSonic designed and optimized its… More

Time-Temperature Superposition for Predicting Reliability of Age-Sensitive BMDS Parts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The useful lifespan of emerging state-of-the-art materials, or legacy materials that remain dormant within complex missile systems for long periods, are often unknown when actual lifetime service data is not available. This leads to unreliability, limitations on advancing system technology, and… More

HybridSil Anticorrosion Coatings for RMS Tow Cables

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vincent Baranauskas, VP of Polymer Science&E – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to develop and qualify a next-generation HybridSil anticorrosion coating that provides robust, long-term corrosion protection to the Remote Minehunting System (RMS) tow cable within demanding marine environments. The proposed HybridSil anticorrosion… More

Non-Parasitic, High Strength-to-Weight Ratio, EM Immune, Flexible Aramid Composite Conduit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: NanoSonic has recently developed high-strength-to-weight ratio, flexible, para-aramid modified fiber composites that mitigate corrosion and provide EMI shielding under severe mechanical strain over a temperature range of -145°C to 450°C. Our Kevlar based composites can be formed and… More

Geometrically Conformal Multi-Layer Selective Frequency Shielding Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The objective of this program is to develop structurally conformal materials with frequency-selective radio frequency (RF) transmission and shielding properties for military aircraft. Materials that allow RF transmission at sensing/communication frequencies while enabling broadband… More

Encapsulation Approaches for Flexible Solar Panels, Displays, and Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michelle Berg, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: NanoSonic, Inc. researchers have developed an innovative material technology called HybridSil which can be tailored to minimize the vulnerability of flexible electronic devices to environmental threats commonly encountered during military use. NanoSonic will apply our HYBRIDSIL Solar… More

Coating Existing Concrete Barriers to Reduce Rollover Potential

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Vincent Baranauskas, Chief Technology Officer – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this DoT SBIR program is to further establish the technical foundation of low friction HybridSil® Slippery Overturn Automobile Protection (SOAP) coatings on concrete barriers for drastic reductions in vehicle rollover potential and significantly increased concrete impact durability… More

EM Tailored Thoraeus Rubber for SATCOM Sensors with Enhanced Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: NanoSonic has developed ultra-lightweight (0.008 g/cm2), Thoraeus Rubber (TR) that demonstrate EMI shielding up to -100 dB from S-band (2 GHz) through Ka-band (40 GHz) and protection against nuclear ionizing radiation. Sub-GHz measurements are underway to demonstrate TR as a shielding… More

Self Assembled Nanocluster Based Photo Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The Navy Phase II SBIR program would transition self-assembled nanocluster based photodetectors from their current concept and prototype stage to standardized large area packaged products. During this program, NanoSonic has proved the technical feasibility of our initial scientific hypothesis.… More

Self-Healing HybridSil Anticorrosion Coatings for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Vincent Baranauskas, VP of Polymer Science&E – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Through NAVAIR SBIR funding, NanoSonic has created an innovative self-healing HYBRIDSIL Anti-Corrosion coating that instantly repairs itself after abrasion, laceration, and puncture damage. This innovative system consists of a chemically engineered HYBRIDSIL Anti-Corrosion copolymer matrix… More

Solar Powered Colony Health Monitoring System for Pollinators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Theodore Distler, PI – 540-626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This project will provide researchers a valuable tool to better learn about bees in almost any enviornment. The self contained power through PV panels will allow these hives to be used without the need to an outside powersource. Researchers can monitor stationary hives, as well as commercial… More

Radiation Hardened Graphene based Nonvolatile Memory for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Yuhong Kang, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This Air Force Phase I SBIR program would develop and demonstrate radiation hardened graphene based nonvolatile memory(NVM) for space applications. Specifically, we would combine advances in resistive memory materials, including graphene and graphene oxides, with the careful manipulation… More

Low Loss Polymer Optical Fiber and Components for High Speed Optical Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Richard Claus, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This DOE SBIR program would develop a manufacturing process to produce plastic optical fibers with bandwidth, bend loss and ease of installation significantly improved over currently available products. Current polymer optical fibers are manufactured using bulk polymer processing… More

Cryogenically Flexible, Low Permeability Thoraeus Rubber H2 Dispenser Hose

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lalli, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
A stateof-theart hydrogen dispensing hose is being developed for civilian use under DOE funding. It has the potential to revolutionize hydrogen as a green alternative energy source to gasoline and diesel fuels.

LOW FRICTION, HIGHLY WEAR RESISTANT HYBRIDSIL COATINGS FOR THE VSRD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Through the proposed Air Force SBIR program, NanoSonic will create and qualify an ultra-low friction, highly wear resistant HybridSil VSRD coating with drastically enhanced abrasion resistance and environmental durability over currently employed fluoropolymers. The proposed VSRD coating… More

Realistic Test Methods for Aircraft Outer Mold Line Treatment Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Keith Hill, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The goal of the Air Force program is to demonstrate custom test fixture(s), test methodology, and data collection protocol on COTS or otherwise available materials under ambient conditions. NanoSonic proposes to develop a repeatable and accurate test fixture, testing methodology, and… More

HIGHLY FLAME RESISTANT HYBRIDSIL ENERGY ABSORPTION TRIM MATERIALS FOR USE WITHIN MILITARY VEHICLE INTERIORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Through the proposed Army SBIR program, NanoSonic will create, qualify and integrate pioneering flame resistant, energy absorbing HybridSil trim materials for next-generation vehicle occupant protection during blast, crash and rollover events. This program will build from NanoSonic"s rapidly… More

LOW-COST, EASILY APPLIED VOC-FREE HYBRIDSIL CRES PIPE LEAK REPAIRING RESINS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Through the proposed NAVY SBIR program, NanoSonic will create and qualify a low-cost, easily applied VOC-free HybridSil CRES pipe leak repairing resin that will readily seal pressurized leaking pipes and prevent crevice corrosion on in-service Aircraft carriers while underway. NanoSonic"s… More

HYBRIDSIL ANTI-ICING, ICEPHOBIC COATINGS FOR U.S. NAVY SUPERSTRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Vince Baranauskas, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Stephen Martin
Abstract:
Through the proposed Navy STTR program, NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will create, qualify, and commercially transition a paradigm breaking HybridSil anti-icing and icephobic coating specifically engineered for extreme environmental durability, ease of application, and low-cost for U.S. Navy ship… More

Semiconductor Nanomembrane based Sensors for High Frequency Pressure Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Hang Ruan, PI – (540) 626-6266
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Wing Ng
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Air Force Phase I program would develop and demonstrate semiconductor nanomembrane (NM) based sensors and arrays for high frequency pressure measurements, using SOI (Silicon on Insulator) NM technique in combination with our pioneering HybridsilTM copolymer nanocomposite materials.… More