- July 8th, 2011
AZ Technology’s Dr. Steve Paley receives NASA Technology Transfer Award
Published: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 8:30 AM Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 3:47 PM
By Mike Kelley, 42 staff
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Dr. Steve Paley of AZ Technology’s has been presented with a Marshall Space Flight Center Technology Transfer Award for his contributions in polymers and ionic liquids. The award was presented at a recent ceremony at MSFC’s Technology Transfer Office.
Paley has been working in the area of conversion-coating chemistries, searching for ways to improve the lubricating properties of oils.
“We’re working on water-based additives to oils to improve their lubricity and wear protection on metal surfaces. These ionic solutions go into the oil and emulsify in the oil. The additives leave coatings on an engine surface, forming a dry film coating that helps in engine protection,” he said.
The work is being done through the Marshall Technology Transfer Office, under the direction of Fred Schramm. However, since the Technology Transfer office is being absorbed into NASA’s Office of Chief Technology, Paley said much of the work will be funded by the companies funding the research.
Paley has been posted at Marshall Space Flight Center since 2003, as part of the NASA’s Engineering Science and Technology Services contract. Prior to that he worked for University Space Research Association, a not-for-profit consortium that, he said, “supplies scientists for NASA.”
He holds a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics, an M.S. in chemistry, and a Ph. D. in materials Sscience, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Paley says his work in coatings research will advance the company’s fortunes in several ways. “With the lubricants themselves, the intellectual capital belongs to the companies that invented these lubricants,” he says.
Paley says he is using his background in ionic chemistry to develop quality control methods for the additives. “I think my work goes along with NASA’s new direction, the development of cutting edge technologies that could enhance space exploration as well as have applications on earth.”
AZ Technology, based in Cummings Research Park, develops and manufactures a large line of specialized paints/coatings, a series of portable optical properties measurement instruments, and laser source simulators for seeker operational readiness tests of laser-designated weapons.
While NASA has been its main customer, the company is expanding into new markets. It maintains a coatings application facility in Athens, Alabama.
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