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Nanocomp Nets SBIR Phase II Contract From U.S. Air Force

Nanocomp Technologies Inc., Concord, N.H., has received a multi-million-dollar Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The contract will fund continuing research and development of ultra-lightweight carbon nanotube (CNT)-based materials to replace metal-based electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and electrostatic discharge components used
on manned and unmanned aircraft.

Under Phase I of the project, Nanocomp built large-format CNT sheets that provide the required EMI shielding and endure the stresses related to the prepregging process that enables the material's direct insertion into aircraft manufacturing systems. Phase II - which includes participation by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., and Cytec Engineered Materials, Tempe, Ariz. - involves optimization of the sheets' shielding functionality, production scale-up and lowering of the pre-pregged product cost.

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