Status Report

NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity: A New Method for Develping Boron Nitirde Nanotubes with Superior Morphology

By SpaceRef Editor
April 23, 2012
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Synopsis – Apr 23, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: TTO0990
Posted Date: Apr 23, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 23, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Current Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 927110
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 12, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA solicits interest from companies interested in obtaining license rights to commercialize, manufacture and market the following technology. License rights may be issued on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis and may include specific fields of use.


NASA Langley, Jefferson Lab, and the National Institute of Aerospace have jointly developed a new method for manufacturing boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). BNNTs are a direct analog of carbon nanotubes, with superior properties for many applications. They are as strong as carbon nanotubes (within a few percentage points) and are good thermal conductors. However, they have a much higher service temperature, are highly electroactive, shield neutron radiation, have a more active surface chemistry, are non-cytotoxic (in tests on human cells), and are naturally white (can be dyed). BNNTs produced by this method have far superior morphology than those previously available. The new tubes have a nearly perfect crystalline structure with one wall to just a few, and are extremely long. Because of the length of the tubes and the white color, the raw material produced by the new method has the physical appearance of cotton.

To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to Sean Sullivan, Research Triangle International (RTI), at: NASA Langley Research Center, Strategic Relationships Office (SRSO), 17 West Taylor St., Mail Stop 218, Building 1212, Room 110 Hampton, Virginia, E-mail:, or phone: 757-864-5055. Please indicate the date and title of the FBO notice and include your company and contact information.

RTI is responsible for aggregating and acknowledging all responses. These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley’s Innovative Partnerships Office within the SRO for the purpose of promoting public awareness of our technology products, and conducting preliminary market research to determine public interest in and potential for future licensing opportunities. If direct licensing interest results from this posting, SRO will follow the formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register as required. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Sean Sullivan
Title: Media Specialist
Phone: 757-864-5055
Fax: 757-864-8101

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