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Reactive nanocomposites, foams, and structures comprising functionalized metal nanoparticles that are incorporated into a fluorinated polymer matrix using an in-situ polymerization process and methods of making and using the same. The reactive nanocomposites, foams, and structures according to the present invention demonstrate enhanced mechanical properties due to the direct chemical integration of the nano-metal fuel particles into the fluoropolymer matrix. In addition, the reactive nanocomposites, foams, and structures may be processed using conventional polymer processing and may be used to fabricate materials such as reactive liners, casings, and other components and inserts. The intense heat produced during the reaction may further be used in a variety of applications such as disinfection, decontamination, and destruction.
This technology is related to the technology disclosed in U.S. Patent 9,120,710.
- Reaction rate and extent of the reactive nano composites may also be finely tuned by altering the micro structure and chemical composition of the material, including the amount and particle size distribution of the nanoparticles and the makeup of the polymer matrix
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent 9,102,576 from the Air Force