Acoustically Transparent Membrane/Film (ATF)- ON-424

Desired discipline(s): Chemistry, Natural Sciences
Company: Dormer Group
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Ottawa, ON, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
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About the company: 

Start-up Entrepeneur looking for a researcher to help make a needed product.

Please describe the project.: 

We are looking for a researcher/facility that can recommend/test combinations of polymers to develop an acoustically transparent film that will pass between 87 Hz and 4000 Hz with no effect on the sound, plus be transparent to light.  It would need to be strong enough to be able to be attached to some sort of frame to hold it in place.  One of the solutions we are envisioning is a tympanic membrane that would be thicker than Saran Wrap and be able to be attached to a honeycomb latus that would serve as a frame (i.e..: be able to survive sonic or heat welding).

The substance this project aims to create will help millions of Canadians, and tens of millions around the world, maintain their mental and physical health. We have designed a new type of N95 reusable mask.  The key difference with this mask is that it will have, at its front, the optically, and acoustically, transparent membrane or film (ATF) described above. 

It is designed to be used in many markets, but first: 

1.        by Long Term Healthcare (LTC) facility residents and their family members so they can see and hear each other clearly, thus supporting their mental and, hence, physical well being; and 

2.       to allow groups of singers, specifically Choir members, Church Congregations, and musical groups, to sing and have their voices heard clearly. 

Required expertise/skills: 

Understanding of polymers and how we could combine them to achieve the desired function.