We will develop a fast and easy method to make surfaces contamination free and ready for space across a platform of space mission, instruments and vehicles. At the end of Phase I, we will have demonstrated a polymer blend/solvent formulation with reduced adhesion on Nickel Iron Amorphous Alloy sheets and have a draft SOP for application and removal of the polymer formulations for the razor sharp Starshade edges. Such results will set the stage for Phase II optimization and minimization of the adhesion on the amorphous alloy as well as on a variety of surfaces technologically important to NASA including stainless steel. In phase II, effort will put into investigating the feasibility of strip coating removal upon deployment in space. Further, we will begin investigations of application of the polymer system to 1) Developing optimized CNT Based ESD free and conductive films; 2) Use of the strip coatings we developed for maintaining and creating sterile and biological contamination free surfaces and 3) Proof of concept to procedural steps involved in cleaning up, sequestering and disposing of radioactive surface contamination.
Commercialization efforts in Phase III would revolve around the successful technological demonstration of either maintaining surface sterility or radiation cleanup or both. Clear use and impacts in the medical, food and scientific and biotechnological communities are evident with creating and maintaining sterility. Similarly, radiation cleanup will have applications with NASA, DOE, DOD and commercial operators in the nuclear industry.Successful demonstration of the utility of our application optimized polym