NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H11.01-9158
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Radiation Shielding Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Epoxy/UHMWPE Composite Hybridized with Gadolinium Nanoparticles for Space Exploration

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Amchemteq, Inc
7052 South Eagle Valley Road
Port Matilda, PA 16801 - 7704
(814) 234-0123

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr venkat Mani
vmani@amchemteq.com
7052 S.Eagle Valley Road
Port Matilda, PA 16801 - 7704
(814) 234-0123

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr venkat Mani
vmani@amchemteq.com
7052 S.Eagle Valley Road
Port Matilda, PA 16801 - 7704
(814) 234-0123

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Radiation Shielding Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Abstract
Deep space radiations pose a major threat to the astronauts and their space craft during the long duration space exploration expeditions [1]. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers apart from possessing radiation shielding properties by the virtue of the high hydrogen content are known for extraordinary properties. To prevent the deleterious effects of secondary neutrons, targets such as Gadolinium are required.

The objective of the proposed research is to develop Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Fiber Epoxy Composite Hybridized with Nanoparticles of Gadolinium for Radiation Shielding Application.
Experience gained in the proposed study could be used to design light weight radiation shielding structures for aerospace application.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
One of the commercialization strategy that will be adopted would involve licensing the technology that will be developed to produce Epoxy/UHMWPE Composites Hybridized with Gadolinium Nanoparticles.

Alternatively, spinoff of AmChemteq Inc. will be established with the sole objective of perfecting the production of Epoxy/UHMWPE Composites Hybridized with Gadolinium Nanoparticles for domestic and international market. State of Pennsylvania will match every dollar invested in the spinoff company to encourage the job creation in the state.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The nanoparticles with high neutron adsorptions are not readily available in the market, therefore the proposed research entitled "Epoxy/UHMWPE Composites Hybridized with Gadolinium Nanoparticles for Application in Space Exploration Vehicles" will not only provide means to produce light weight radiation shielding materials but also offer technique to process nanoparticles with high neutron adsorptions in a cost effective manner.

The Epoxy/UHMWPE Composites Hybridized with Gadolinium Nanoparticles will not only be very handy during a nuclear but also used by workers who are routinely exposed to nuclear radiations at their work place.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Nanomaterials
Processing Methods

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