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Company Information:

Company Name: FERRO SOLUTIONS, INC.
City: WOBURN
State: MA
Zip+4: 01801-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (520) 546-6944

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,478,928.00 9
SBIR Phase II $4,113,722.00 3
STTR Phase I $279,899.00 4
STTR Phase II $1,644,422.00 3

Award List:

A Novel Vibration Energy Scavenging (VES) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang, President
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
"Ferro Solutions proposes to develop a novel Vibration Energy Scavenging System (VES) for naval applications. The technology behind the proposed VES takes advantages of our novel high-sensitivity, passive magnetic electroactive sensors (PME).. This vibration energy scavenging system will have the… More

Sensor Technology for Anti-Submarine Warfare

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang, President and CEO
Award Amount: $448,382.00
Abstract:
The development of sensors capable of simultaneously measuring both the acoustic and magnetic characteristics of a target is critical to more reliable tracking and identification of submarine and surface vessels. Further, such a sensor would find multiplecommercial applications including monitoring… More

Sensor Technology for Anti-Submarine Warfare

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang, President
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
FerroSolutions proposes to develop a novel hybrid sensor combining magnetic and electroactive materials that together detect unique magnetic and acoustic signatures for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The technology behind the proposed sensor is based on aproprietary passive magnetic field sensor… More

High-efficiency vibration energy harvester and sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Steven R. Hall
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang, President
Award Amount: $69,971.00
RI Contact: Steven R. Hall
Abstract:
Ferro Solutions will demonstrate a self powered system for vibration monitoring of rotating machine parts (propulsion rotating components.). A significant challenge of harvesting vibrations in such machines is that the harvester proof mass must be relatively free to move in response to unwanted… More

High-stress actuators based on Ni-Mn-Ga FSMAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang, President
Award Amount: $69,981.00
RI Contact: Bob O'Handley
Abstract:
We propose to exploit the strong foundation in engineering of FMSAs to increase transducer output stress to 100s of MPa while maintaining strain levels of several percent. Two novel, high-authority FSMA-based transducer concepts are proposed to reach the goal.

High-efficiency vibration energy harvester and sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang, President
Award Amount: $493,459.00
RI Contact: Steven Hall
Abstract:
Ferro Solutions proposes to designe, build and test a prototype energy harvester that is suited to the high-centrifugal force environment of a ship propeller. The focus of the Phase II effort will be on the development of two novel energy harvesters, the centraxial vibration energy harvester (CVEH)… More

Low-frequency, FSMA/piezo transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: M.I.T.
Principal Investigator: Robert C. O'Handley, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $651,574.00
RI Contact: Robert C. O'Handley
Abstract:
Ferro Soluitons, MIT and Image acoustics propose to develop a Low-frequency hybrid transducer. Ferromagnetic shape memory alloy (FSMA) Ni_Mn-Ga crystals have greater energy density than Terfenol-D or piezoelectric materials. FSMAs have a good acoustic impedance match to water. Thus, low-frequency… More

Novel magneto-electric ground-vehicle magnetic-field anomaly sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
The Army has a growing need to detect the anomalies in the earth's magnetic field due to the presence or motion of ground vehicles in the battle-space. Laminations of magnetostrictive and electroactive materials have shown magnetic field sensitivity comparable to that of flux gate magnetometers, yet… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,958.00

Enhanced Magnetic Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,971.00
Abstract:
Magnetostrictive electroactive (ME) composite element as magnetic receiving antenna for near-field magnetic communication is proposed. ME element is comprsed of lamination of a magnetostrictive material and piezoelectric material. Magnetrostrictive material exhibits magnetstriction that strains… More

Novel management of transducer heat and nonlinearity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,963.00
RI Contact: Michael E. McHenry
Abstract:
Ferro Solutions and Carnegie Mellon University propose to develop a novel technology for management of transducer heat and nonlinearity. Non-linear transducer response generates excessive heat and thus reduced efficiency in the transducer. Higher frequencies in the acoustic signal are more strongly… More

Magnetoelectric Transducer Array for Long Range Near-field Magnetic Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DMEA
Principal Investigator: Hongxing Hu, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,727.00
Abstract:
In this Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project, Amsen Technologies is teamed with the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) of University of Houston to develop a process to fabricate BST thin film capacitors with reduced series resistance through an innovative interface optimization… More

Novel management of transducer heat and nonlinearity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $499,389.00
RI Contact: Michael E. McHenry
Abstract:
Ferro Solutions has demonstrated in Phase I that ferro fluids can be used to create a self-pumping cooling system that can extend the life and improve performance of highpower transducers or other electro-mechanical devices. In the Phase I demonstration a resistor submerged in a ferrofluid was… More

Enhanced Magnetic Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $718,491.00
Abstract:
Environmental factors can strongly attenuate electromagnetic waves, degrading communication distance, data rate, signal-to-noise ratio and reliability of RF systems. Magnetic near-fields are an attractive alternative to propagating electromagnetic wave communication because the former are not… More

Wireless, optical neuromodulation for motion disorders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Ohandley
Award Amount: $699,342.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The use of DBS to treat movement disorders could be improved if i) there existed a more efficient and less intrusive means of delivering power wirelessly, ii) the probes had improved therapy localization and functio nality (e.g. multiple, independently… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel Emergency Communication System for Mines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project takes a new approach to detecting time-dependent fields for communication in cases where RF signals are strongly attenuated, such as in mines, caves, tunnels, and dense building environments. It is known that lower-frequency… More

SBIR Phase I: Magneto-electric-MEMs-enabled wireless power for medical implants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Robert O'Handley
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase-I project will develop micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) comprised of engineered magneto-electric (ME) materials to enable wireless power transfer systems for medical implants. Engineered ME materials are composites of magnetostrictive (M)… More

Closed-Loop Wireless Optical Neuromodulation for Motion Disorders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jiankang Huang – 617-838-8298
Award Amount: $2,946,849.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Optogenetic tools for activating and silencing specific neurons embedded within dense brain networks, in a temporally precise fashion using light, are key to understanding the roles that specific neurons play in behavior, neural computation, and disease. In our… More