InMat LLC announced today that the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, also known as Natick Labs, Natick, Mass., selected InMat LLC to develop improved chemical protective gloves. The research effort titled "Improved Chemical Protective Gloves Using Eastomeric Nanocomposites" will begin immediately with Tom Tassinari from Natick Labs providing technical oversight.
InMat's patented coating technology is currently being used by Wilson Sporting Goods in its Double Core tennis balls, enabling those balls to hold their air pressure at least twice as long as any other pressurized ball. This ball is the official ball of the Davis Cup. In addition to sporting goods and chemical protection, this technology is currently being evaluated by several leading tyre companies.
"We are confident that we will develop gloves that provide not only the required chemical protection, but also improved petroleum oil and flame resistance." said Harris Goldberg, Ph.D., President and co-founder. "InMat is proud that it can use its technology to improve the safety and effectiveness of our soldiers when they are operating in chemically dangerous environments."
"We are anxious to get started on the challenging task of integrating InMat's elastomeric barrier coating technology with other materials that could be used in these gloves.", said Carrie Feeney, Ph.D., Vice President and co-founder. "In addition, we have exciting ideas on how we might further improve our coatings for this application that will be tested over the coming months."