Current aerogel products on the market
today are silica–based and break down on handling, shedding small
dust particles. Hence, they require encapsulation for most
applications and insulation properties degrade over time as
particles settle. In contrast, polyimide aerogels are flexible,
mechanically robust and do not shed dust. Other properties (thermal
conductivity, dielectric, etc.) are similar to silica
You will also hear from the manager of NASA Glenn’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office who will discuss the innovative work being done at the center.
Dr. Mary Ann Meador
Glenn Research Center
Dr. Mary Ann Meador received a B.S. in Chemistry from Duquesne in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State, and joined NASA in 1983. Her research has focused on the design and development of new polymers for a variety of applications, including high temperature polymer composites, conductive polymers, and most recently polymer aerogels. She has coauthored over 150 publications and holds 13 patents in the fields of organic and polymer chemistry, and material science. Dr. Meador is also the recipient of a NASA Medal for Exceptional Service, a NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, a NASA Medal for Exceptional Technology Achievement, the Abe Silverstein Medal and two R&D 100 Awards.
Technology Transfer Specialist
Glenn Research Center
Amy Hiltabidel serves as a Technology Transfer Specialist responsible for partnership development for both technology infusion into and spin-out of NASA. She has 10 years’ experience assisting government and industrial technology transfer to companies of all sizes in a variety of industries. This involves an intimate understanding of both parties’ needs and cultivating these new relationships. Amy’s areas of expertise include technology and intellectual property assessment, technical writing, business analysis, and database management. Amy holds a bachelor of science in polymer engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
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