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Faradayic Electropolishing of Niobium in Environmentally-Benign Electrolytes

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89757
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
85982
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Faraday TechNology, Inc.
315 Huls Drive Clayton, OH 45315-8983
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Faradayic Electropolishing of Niobium in Environmentally-Benign Electrolytes
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85053
Award Amount: $99,968.00
 

Abstract:

The International Linear Collider (ILC) requires microscale-smooth RF superconducting cavities fabricated from niobium. The task of polishing the cavities currently involves the use of toxic electrolytes that include hydrofluoric acid. It is desirable to find new methods of surface finishing that use environmentally benign electrolytes for increased worker safety. This project will develop and demonstrate a sophisticated electrically mediated polishing process, the Faradayic process, that will enable polishing of niobium cavities in near-neutral water-based solutions. This effort will include process development, equipment design, and construction of the equipment. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the ILC application, electrochemical polishing and machining processes for passive materials such as niobium, titanium, nickel-based alloys, and stainless steels that utilize environmentally friendly electrolytes should have wide applications in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical, and automotive.

Principal Investigator:

Alonso Lozano-Morales
Dr.
9378367749
alonsolozano@faradaytechnology.com

Business Contact:

Jennings Taylor
Dr.
9378367749
jenningstaylor@faradaytechnology.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Faraday Technology, Inc.
315 Huls Drive Clayton, OH 45315

EIN/Tax ID: 311347918
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No