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Demonstration of Silicon/Carbon Nanostructured Electrodes in Li-Ion Batteries

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Demonstration of Silicon/Carbon Nanostructured Electrodes in Li-Ion Batteries
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ06JD84C
Award Amount: $99,933.00


The energy generation and storage for modern-day sensor networks, communications, and electronics presents a variety of unique challenges. To achieve the long-duration missions away from Earth as outlined in the Vision for Human Exploration in Space, these energy storage systems will need to undergo a dramatic increase in their specific energy densities. Recently, Mainstream has made startling advances in the area of high energy-density batteries using carbon nanotube (CNT) electrodes. However, theory suggests that silicon actually possesses an intercalation capacity that is an order of magnitude above that of carbon. If this is able to be translated into added capacity, it would truly revolutionize Li-ion electrochemistry and energy-storage technologies in general. The Universities Space Research Association has recently developed a process of growing silicon nanorods and has agreed to team with Mainstream for this Phase I STTR effort. This Phase I focuses on developing and testing electrodes comprised of both silicon and carbon nanostructures in Li-ion batteries. Because the basic battery chemistry will not be affected, safety will not be compromised.

Principal Investigator:

Russell W. Davis
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Business Official
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Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Universities Research Association
10211 Wincopin Circle, Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044
Contact: Randy L. Vander Wal
Contact Phone: (216) 433-9065
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)