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SBIR Phase I: Direct Conversion of IR Radiation with Nanowire Antenna Arrays…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
52667
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0060455
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ITN Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127-4107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: SBIR Phase I: Direct Conversion of IR Radiation with Nanowire Antenna Arrays and Nanometer Scale Monolithically Integrated Rectifying Diodes
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0060455
Award Amount: $99,919.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop an enabling innovation that directly converts infrared (IR) radiation from heated sources using nanowire antennas and nanometer scale monolithically integrated diodes. This program will create IR-collecting modules using very inexpensive metal materials and electrochemical processing. The low efficiency, expensive materials, and the need to chemically tailor compositions to efficiently couple to different emitters have substantially limited commercialization of thermophotovoltaic modules to niche applications. The feasibility of electrochemically formed IR-collecting modules will be demonstrated. Once demonstrated, antennas will be engineered for maximum collection efficiency. The applications vary from low temperature portable power packs to the generation of electricity from high temperature nuclear and conventional heat sources. In addition, the creation of a non-biased, room temperature, quantum confinement structure has the potential to revolutionize IR detector technology

Principal Investigator:

Lin Simpson
3032855149
LSimpson@itnes.com

Business Contact:

Janet L. Casteel
Business Operations Manager
3032855111
JCasteel@itnes.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ITN Energy Systems Incorporated
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127

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