OCAST awards $745,000 to three nanotechnology research projects
Projects seek to advance nanotechnology in batteries, clean water and plastics.
The research projects, to be completed within three years, require an improved likelihood for commercial success and collaboration with a for-profit Oklahoma company.
Frontier Electronic Systems Corp. and XploSafe LLC, both of Stillwater; and Non-Metallic Sciences Inc., of Chouteau, were chosen from a field of 19 applicants by independent peer reviewers.
Frontier Electronic Systems Corp. was awarded $500,000 to explore the development of nano batteries for medical use. Frontier Electronics, the University of Tulsa and VADovations will collaborate on a three-year project to develop and commercialize a high-performance lithium battery. Using nanotechnology fabrication processes developed at TU, the group will create a battery to run VADovation’s implantable blood pump.
Frontier Electronics will research materials and processes for producing electrodes to be used in the design.
XploSafe LLC was awarded $200,000 for two years to determine the feasibility and pursue commercialization of the use of molybdenum oxides for removal of radionuclides in water. The technology would create positions for chemical engineers, research technicians, chemists and materials scientists.
Non-Metallic Sciences Inc. was awarded $45,000 to help fund a one-year project seeking to establish a plant in Oklahoma to make nano-enhanced engineering plastics. Its first product would target aerospace, military, chemical process, automotive engine components and down-hole drilling processes. Spirit Aerospace Systems will be both a customer and consultant on the project. This research will respond to a U.S. Air Force request for a new resin that will withstand high temperatures without becoming brittle.
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology works with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Oklahoma Commerce Department, State Regents for Higher Education, CareerTech, colleges and universities to make the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project program available statewide.
Nanotechnology is the science and manipulation of materials at the molecular level or from the 1-100 nanometer range. The field of study promises improved health care; safer, more efficient transportation; increased sustainability; a cleaner environment and smaller, more powerful technology.