NH-based Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. has won two SBIR (small business innovation research) contracts from the U.S. Air Force. The light weight and conductive nature of CNTs (carbon nanotubes) have made them ideal candidates for aerospace applications although practical applications have been limited. Under the terms of the first SBIR, Nanocomp will continue to develop CNT-based wiring for aircraft. Under the terms of its second SBIR, Nanocomp will develop carbon nanotube mats as a viable substitute for the nickel-based conductors in ESD and EMI shielding applications. This Phase I research has been designated as a “critical program” indicating that the government places a high degree of importance on the research. Program goals are to optimize the properties of CNT sheet materials to meet shielding requirements, to develop a process for integrating the mats into existing commercial ESD/EMI applications, and to develop online production quality control methods.Read the official announcement online.