STTR Phase I: Process to Produce Powder Metal Fluorides

Period of Performance: 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2007

$150K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Nano-Electrochem, Inc.
2501 N. Loop Drive
Ames, IA 50010
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Oregon State University
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Corvallis, OR 97331
Institution POC

Abstract

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop a novel chemistry to prepare metal fluorides by the direct reaction of metals with fluorocarbons. The new process is highly suited to the manufacture of: (1) wires for optical communications; (2) high-surface-area metal fluoride catalysts used in the generation of fluoropolymers; and, (3) optical thin films such as anti-reflective coatings. The final example represents an $8 billion market at this time. As compared with the deposition methods presently employed by industry, the chemistry proposed is inherently cheaper and faster; in addition it does not use the extremely hazardous reagents that are now required. The project aims to involve under-represented students as interns, and to support the retention of these and other graduates in Iowa by helping to build a high tech research base in the state.