NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Space Environmental Effects
PROPOSAL TITLE:High Transparent Metal Oxide / Polyimide Antistatic Coatings

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
AGILTRON Corporation
15 Cabot Road
Woburn ,MA 01801 - 1050
(781) 935 - 1200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jack   Salerno
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA  01801 -1050
(781) 935 - 1200

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Through this Phase I program, Agiltron has successfully produced an innovative transparent conductive nanocomposite paint that holds the promise of meeting space application requirements. The paint can be easily applied to many surfaces and forms a clear conductive coating at temperatures as low as 130 oC. These coatings exhibit high visible transparency of ~ 85 % (> 95% with additional AR coating) and good conductive sheet resistance in the range of 106 to 108 ohm/sq. Agiltron has also performed harsh environmental testing in which the coatings show no degradation after undergoing UV radiation up to 32 J/cm2 irradiation, low temperature cycling down to 77 oK, high vacuum pumping, and collision with fragmented debris. The proposed robust clear conductive coating is therefore well suited for NASA space environment resistant polymer coating related applications. The high performance paint will also find wide commercial applications, such as in flexible displays. In Phase II, we will continue these efforts through a concentration on optimization and scale-up of stable ITO/polymer suspensions and the development of low-cost, large-scale deposition and patterning processes for the practical applications of this new class of transparent conductive coatings.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Dissipating and controlling friction-charged electrostatic potential and reducing mechanical and electrical hazards. Applications include electrostatic dissipation (ESD), electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, antistatic packaging, electrostatic spray painting, as a UV protective coating and for transparent electrodes for EO devices.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Static dissipation in Oil/gas, explosive environments, electronic devices; uniform apparel, petrochemical targeting, pharmaceutical, precision machinery, household appliances, food industries for controlling dust generation. Extensive applications exist in flexible displays, EMI shields, robust circuitry components, weapons systems, engine components and smart windows.

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