DARPA Defense Sciences Office invites submissions of abstracts for innovative exploratory research concepts in technical domain of materials science and engineering. Ideas are being solicited to explore the question: Can adhesives be designed and optimized for the aqueous environment using generalizable models that govern interfacial liquid evacuation?
Proposals are sought that dramatically increase understanding of the phenomena driving interfacial liquid evacuation through 2 steps:
- Model the key properties that govern the rate of liquid expulsion between two surfaces as they make contact with one another. Material design parameters of interest include both physical and chemical properties at the interface. Environmental design parameters of interest include but are not limited to, liquid temperature, pH, composition, and viscosity.
- Design candidate adhesive(s) where the strength of adhesion for curing in a liquid medium is greater than 50% of that achieved by a cure in ambient air. Validate the model from Step 1 through simulation and experiment.
Up to USD$300,000 is available over 12 months.
Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until 16 February 2024.
This Advanced Research Concepts Opportunity is issued under the Exploration Announcement Master Solicitation for Advanced Research Concepts DARPA-EA-23-01.
ARC Opportunity – GLUE: DARPA-EA-23-01-04