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REU Supplement for Existing NSF-CMMI-1029147 Tubule Nanocontainers for Corrosion Inhibitors

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Common materials used in high performance engineering components are polymer composites. These composites, while useful, are susceptible to damage due to corrosion, microbial interactions and load stress. The researchers of this project seek to offer a means of protecting polymer composites from damage through the incorporation of self-healing Halloysite clay nanotubules loaded with protective additives. The investigator will develop and test various enhanced polymer composite mixes and evaluate their expression of self healing properties. By doping the nanotubules with anticorrosion and antimicrobial additives, as well as catalysts to prevent micro-crack development, the enhanced polymer composite could offer prolonged damage protection while reducing materials costs with no loss in structural integrity. 

Principal Investigator:  Lvov, Yuri  --  Chemistry
Funding Agencies:  NSF
Amount Awarded:  6,000

Start Period:  11/22/2011 End Period:  08/31/2015
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