Period of Performance: 07/01/2016 - 12/31/2017


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Array
Pembroke, VA 24136
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Sponsored Programs 0170
Blacksburg, VA 24061


NanoSonics HybridSil Ice Protective Coating (IPC) will provide a practical, near-term solution for protecting U.S. Navy ships from problematic ice buildup during arctic missions. A Phase II STTR transition will provide a pivotal funding bridge toward Phase III maturation of this very promising, empirically validated coating technology. Building from its Phase I success and strong collaborative, shipyard transitional support, NanoSonic will work to further enhance the icephobic and anti-icing properties of its HybridSil IPC with Virginia Tech, qualify it with NAVSEA as a MIL-PRF-24635 Type V high durability topcoat, complete multiple ship superstructure coatings demonstration with defense prime integration partners, and scale up production to pilot scale manufacturing quantities within its established HybridSil manufacturing infrastructure using ISO 9001 protocols. Upon Phase II STTR completion, NanoSonics HybridSil IPC will be strategically positioned to compete with both MIL-PRF-24635E Navy topcoats and current state of the art icephobic coatings within the marine protective coating market. The competitive edge provided by HybridSil IPC will be its innovative combination of previously unavailable MIL-PRF-24635E Type V environmental durability and retained ice protective performance exceeding currently available ice protective coatings.