Applied Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2017-04-05
Apparatuses and methods of using them to collect blood, are provided, by first ensuring that the patients skin is properly cleaned, to prevent contamination of the collected blood. One feature is a blood collection device configured to collect blood from a patient. Another feature is a scrub timer integrated into the device and configured to indicate to a user a scrub time period prior to beginning a blood draw process. The scrub timer can be configured to audibly and/or visually indicate to a user the start and stop times of a scrub cleaning process. In one embodiment, the scrub timer can be restarted, either manually or automatically, if the scrub cleaning process is not followed properly.
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.73K | Year: 2016
By incorporating microwave plasmas at ambient pressure—higher than can normally be accomplished for materials reactors—highly reactive plasmas will be used to process carbon nanomaterials at a two orders of magnitude higher reaction rate than previously accomplished. The result is a vastly simpler, ecologically cleaner process suitable for competing head-to-head costs with carbon black. Because nanomaterial price is usually above $100 per pound, these materials cannot compete in low-cost markets such as automotive and structural materials. By contrast, carbon black usually commands a price of a few dollars per pound, although specialty grades can sometimes exceed 100 dollars per pound. The key technology is an innovative “Plasma Igniter” that creates plasmas at higher pressure than formerly possible, allowing enhanced ionization due to microwave radiation, with total carbon supply higher by virtue of operating at higher pressure. Keywords: nanofiber, nanotube, fullerene, microwave, plasma, production, lithium ion, battery, anode
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.99K | Year: 2014
ABSTRACT: The Air Force seeks to develop a new means of repairing aircraft structural composite components that have sustained minor damage. Repair of aircraft components can be a labor intensive and time consuming process. Multi-component repair coatings oftentimes must be applied, removed, and reapplied numerous times to ensure absence of pinholes and to achieve good surface finishes. Applied Sciences, Inc. proposes to develop single-step sprayable, advanced abrasion protection repair coatings to address these needs. Nanocomposites feature reinforcement at the molecular level which can far exceed the physical properties of two-phase composite systems. ASI intends to modify high-quality, low-cost carbon nanofibers (CNF), which have demonstrated exceptional abrasion protection for composite coatings, and will incorporate them in the development of a sprayable resin solution for a one-step application process. The CNF-enhanced coatings will be evaluated for level of dispersion, to ensure optimum improvement in mechanical properties and surface finish. The coatings will then be applied to composite panels and will be characterized for flexibility, adhesion, abrasion resistance, and sand-ability. The resulting CNF-enhanced coating will increase the service life of the composite component on the aircraft, protect the composite component from additional damage, as well as to reduce the maintenance time and cost. BENEFIT: Abrasion resistant coatings for structural composites will have application in the automotive industry, commercial aircraft, and in marine and naval applications.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.49M | Year: 2014
ABSTRACT: Applied Sciences, Inc. (ASI) has developed a process for producing high performance mechanically robust thin polymer films with tailor-able electrical resistivity using graphitic nanomaterials and readily-scalable processing equipment. The ASI film material features high quality, nano-scale conductive additives, carbon nanofibers (CNF), which are commercially available in large volumes and at low cost. The polymer resin used for this effort is a high performance polyimide resin which is also commercially available in large volumes, although the process developed by ASI is capable of producing film materials with any film forming polymer resin that is of interest to Air Force and/or defense contractors. ASI has previously demonstrated the ability to consistently produce robust, high quality, isotropic films that meet the electrical resistivity targets over a wide range, allowing for customers to design platforms with tailored electrical resistivity to match the requirements of their application. Under this effort, ASI will optimize and scale-up the thin film production process. Significant testing and materials evaluation will be conducted with participation from prime contractors and Air Force in order to position the ASI film materials for transition to the fleet. BENEFIT: Development of more robust resistive thin polymer films will provide benefits to numerous commercial electronics applications as well as commercial aircraft applications. The benefit to Defense applications will be a reduction in lifecycle cost of the resistive thin films compared to materials currently in use.
Applied Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2015-03-16
Methods to modulate/reduce cortisol levels in humans are described. Compositions comprising therapeutically effective amount green coffee bean extract, the green coffee extract containing at least 20% chlorogenic acids by dry weight, are administered to human subjects to reduce levels.
Applied Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2016-04-28
A process for extracting antioxidants from a plant, including contacting a plant material from a guayusa plant for a first time with a solvent, thereby obtaining a first slurry, filtering said first slurry, thereby obtaining a first extract, contacting said plant material for a second time with said solvent, thereby obtaining a second slurry, filtering said second slurry, thereby obtaining a second extract, combining said first extract and said second extract, thereby generating an third extract containing at least antioxidants, xanthines, and amino acids, and substantially drying said third extract.
Applied Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2014-09-03
A sealed bearing assembly comprises an inner magnetic ring and an external magnetic ring to magnetically attract ferrofluid to block liquids or gases. The sealing can be maintained when a shaft is in a linear movement relative to a shell, and the sealed bearing assembly is under stringent conditions.
Applied Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2014-11-12
A sealed bearing assembly comprises a bellows to allow a shaft swing and move, and maintains the sealing under stringent conditions.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 999.95K | Year: 2015
Composite materials are attractive to the Army for numerous applications in order to reduce weight compared to metallic structures. However, the low thermal conductivity of composites have limited the insertion of composites in applications where poor thermal management threatens critical electronics components. The U.S. Army is seeking advances in composites materials that can enhance the thermal conductivity of the composites materials without negatively impacting the structural characteristics or significantly increasing the cost. Applied Sciences, Inc. (ASI) has developed a carbon nanomaterial sheetgood (CNF Mat), which has demonstrated the ability to enhance the thermal conductivity of structural CFRP composites by an order of magnitude, without significantly affecting the mechanical properties of the composite, and enabling over 25% reduction in weight compared to a baseline composite. The CNF Mat material is readily scalable and is projected to be a low production cost. ASI proposes to further develop and optimize the CNF Mat, fabricate and test prototype composite components, and develop a detailed cost model and scale-up plans. The resulting material will be a prospective disruptive materials technology that will enable CFRP composites to be considered for numerous applications that were previously reserved only for metallic structures.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.98K | Year: 2015
ABSTRACT: The Air Force seeks to develop a new means of protecting aircraft structural composite components during maintenance and repairing the composites following minor damage. Maintenance and repair of aircraft components can be labor intensive and time consuming process. Multi-component coatings oftentimes must be applied, removed, and reapplied numerous times to ensure absence of pinholes and to achieve good surface finishes. Applied Sciences, Inc. has developed a single-step sprayable, advanced abrasion protection coating to address these needs. Nanocomposites feature reinforcement at the molecular level which can far exceed the physical properties of two-phase composite systems. ASI intends to continue the development of advanced abrasion resistant polymeric coatings featuring carbon nanofibers (CNF). The TRL and MRL of the CNF-coatings will each be elevated to at least 6 in the Phase II program through collaborative research, development, and testing. Scalability studies, commercialization activities, and quality control protocol will be addressed in this effort. The resulting CNF-enhanced coating product will increase the service life of the composite component on the aircraft, protect the composite component from additional damage, as well as reduce the maintenance time and cost. BENEFIT: Abrasion resistant coatings for structural composites will have applications on windmill blades, the automotive industry, commercial aircraft, and in marine and naval applications.