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Company Information:

Company Name: Reactive Innovations, LLC
City: Westford
State: MA
Zip+4: 01886-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (978) 692-4664

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,694,005.00 38
SBIR Phase II $6,130,272.00 10
STTR Phase I $99,795.00 1

Award List:

Deployment of Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Energy Storage Systems in Rural Areas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The continuing development of fuel cells and electrolyzers has advanced the technology for use in a range of applications from aerospace and military to residential and vehicle systems. The technical viability of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and electrolyzers has… More

Compact Regenerative Energy Storage System for Consumer Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
75042-Higher-energy-capacity electrical storage systems are needed for growing demand in portable consumer applications. New advanced energy storage systems must (1) have higher gravimetric and volumetric energy densities than state-of-the-art batteries and (2) be readily regenerated in a manner… More

Electrochemical Power Plant for Terrestrial Flight Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
An electrochemical power plant is proposed by MicroCell Technologies to provide power to terrestrial flight platforms. Our power plant is based upon a proton exchange membrane fuel cell that is coupled with a hydrogen fuel supply cartridge that will provide readily scalable power levels up to 1 kW… More

Hydrogen Capture or Utilization in Mg/Fe Based Chemical Heaters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, President
Award Amount: $119,842.00
Abstract:
An inline method is proposed by Westford MicroCells to capture and use the hydrogen released from flameless ration heaters. Our proposed approach electrochemically reacts the hydrogen to form electricity, heat, and water such that no hydrogen is released to the environment. The electricity generated… More

Hydrogen Capture or Utilization in Mg/Fe Based Chemical Heaters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, President
Award Amount: $729,994.00
Abstract:
An inline method is proposed by MicroCell Technologies to capture and use the hydrogen released from flameless ration heaters used in the Remote Unit Self Heating Meal (RUSHM) group ration. Our proposed approach electrochemically reacts the hydrogen to form electricity, heat, and water such that no… More

Compact Water Electrolyzer for Low-Gravity Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
An improved electrolyzer is needed by NASA for generating propellants in low-gravity environments using water or ice as the reactant. It is desired to minimize the mass and energy requirements for the electrolyzer system to lessen launch and operational requirements during gas generation. The… More

Compact Alkaline Fuel Cell System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
Compact power sources are desired by the military for soldier applications that have improved energy capacities over 1000 W-hr/kg, a level that cannot be met by today's state-of-the-art batteries. Consequently, fuel cell power systems coupled with liquid fuel storage options such as methanol are… More

Compact Water Electrolyzer for Low-Gravity Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
NASA uses a number of water electrolysis units for generating oxygen and hydrogen gas for space applications. These missions range from generating propellants to supplying oxygen to crew and habitat. Consequently, the electrolyzer systems employ a variety of designs and system approaches that can… More

Hydrogen Production from Inorganic Compounds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President
Award Amount: $69,944.00
Abstract:
A chemical hydride reactor is proposed by MicroCell Technologies, LLC to produce hydrogen gas for backup fuel cell power generators. In the Phase I program, we will develop and demonstrate our reactor design to operate with unpurified water sources to efficiently react all of the chemical hydride in… More

Electrochemically Modulated Gas/Liquid Separation Technology for In Situ Resource Utilization Process Streams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Karen D. Jayne, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,942.00
Abstract:
In this phase I program MicroCell Technologies, LLC (MCT) proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of an electrochemically modulated phase separator for in situ processing and refining in future space missions. Two-phase (liquid and gas) flow can be a vital part of many life support and or thermal… More

Durable, Non-Skid, Radar Absorbing Coating System for use on Marine Flight Decks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard M. Formato, Senior Engineer/Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Currently available flight deck coating systems, utilized where fluctuating temperatures and heavy traffic/load areas are normal, have poor/negligible performance in the areas of reduced radar signature return. New coatings must be developed that maintain a high coefficient of friction and excellent… More

Electrochemical Reactor for Producing Oxygen From Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
An electrochemical reactor is proposed by MicroCell Technologies, LLC to electrochemically reduce carbon dioxide to oxygen. In support of NASA's advanced life support processes and human exploration missions, recovering oxygen from carbon dioxide is important since oxygen resupply is not a viable… More

Ultrahigh Moisture Barrier Coatings for Photovoltaic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Richard M. Formato, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
In order for solar power to reach its full potential as a renewable energy resource improvements are needed in the photovoltaic module packaging. In particular, barrier coatings are needed to protect the solar cells from water and water vapor. These coatings must be water-vapor impermeable,… More

SBIR Phase I: Compact and Portable Chlor-Alkali Generator for Emergency Response

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kimble C. Michael, Dr
Award Amount: $99,952.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project aims to develop and demonstrate a compact and portable chlor alkali generator for emergency response operations. A portable system that uses an electrochemical reactor to generate chlorine and caustic soda efficiently in a compact manner will… More

Electrochemical Reactor for Producing Oxygen From Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,941.00
Abstract:
An electrochemical reactor is proposed by MicroCell Technologies, LLC to electrochemically reduce carbon dioxide to oxygen. In support of NASA's advanced life support processes and human exploration missions, recovering oxygen from carbon dioxide is important since oxygen resupply is not a viable… More

SBIR Phase I: A Non-Destructive Sensor Platform for Chemical Activity Assessment on Reactive Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, PhD
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will demonstrate a new sensor platform for measuring reactive surface activity in real time in a non-destructive manner. One of the common features to these coatings is a reactive element or compound. In processing these layers… More

Portable Biomass Fuel Reactor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force is interested in processing biomass to produce liquid fuels in its facilities around the world. This would help lessen the environmental impact due to expanding landfills as well as help reduce the use of petroleum oil. Processing the cellulose in this biomass into ethanol is one… More

Aircraft Corrosion Inspection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
The Air Force requires an improved corrosion detector to assess corrosion in multi-layer metallic structures on its aircraft. A compact and portable device is needed that can pinpoint corrosion in the early stages of pitting deep within these multi-layer structures. Reactive Innovations, LLC… More

High-Pressure Oxygen Concentrator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
NASA desires to generate and store gases including oxygen and nitrogen at sub-critical conditions as a part of its lunar and spacecraft atmospheric systems. Oxygen at pressures up to 3000 psia is particularly desired for refilling storage tanks for lunar and in-flight applications including… More

Electrochemical Wastewater Treatment Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Karen Jayne, Research Consultant
Award Amount: $69,937.00
Abstract:
Reactive Innovations, LLC (RIL) proposes a SBIR phase I program to demonstrate a modular wastewater treatment system to supplement Littoral Combat ship (LCS) wastewater capacity for increased or mission system demands. Wastewater treatment utilizing large storage tanks currently in use on cruise… More

Inexpensive Drinking Water Chlorination Unit for Small Communities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
More than 250 drinking water systems exist for small communities in Puerto Rico that serve between 25 and 500 individuals. These water systems fall outside of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority and, thus, have insufficient water treatment systems or no water treatment systems. Water… More

SBIR Phase I: Scratch Repair Kit for Indium Tin Oxide Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, PhD
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project will develop an Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) repair system for restoring the optical and electrical properties of scratched ITO-coated surfaces. These types of materials are used as electrically conducting windows which also provide protection against… More

SBIR Phase I: Thin Film Water/Oxygen Barrier Coatings for Flexible OLEDs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Richard M. Formato, MS
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Project will formulate, design and fabricate a thin film flexible barrier coating specifically for Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diodes (FOLEDs). These barrier coatings are needed to improve the reliability and lifetime of FOLEDs.Although the… More

Inexpensive Drinking Water Chlorination Unit for Small Communities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President
Award Amount: $344,984.00
Abstract:
Over 250 drinking water systems exist for small communities in Puerto Rico that serve 25-500 individuals. These water systems fall outside of Puerto Rico Aquaduct and Sewer Authority and, thus, have no or insufficient water treatment systems. Water sources for these communities are from ground and… More

Nano-Composite Materials for Enhanced Heat Transfer in Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
The development of lightweight and compact thermal systems is needed to support emerging technologies such as high efficient radiators for high power heat rejection at low temperature differentials and high-density microelectronic circuits that require high rates of heat removal. Improved thermal… More

High-Pressure Oxygen Concentrator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,995.00
Abstract:
NASA desires to generate and store gases including oxygen and nitrogen at sub-critical conditions as a part of its lunar and spacecraft atmospheric systems. Oxygen at pressures up to 3000 psia is particularly desired for refilling storage tanks for lunar and in-flight applications including… More

SBIR Phase I: Electrochemical Ozone Generator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, PhD
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop an electrochemical ozone generator to treat water for drinking and industrial processing. In the US, 85% of all public water systems serve fewer than 3,300 people. For providing these small unit drinking water systems, three… More

Reactive-Separator Process Unit for Lunar Regolith

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
NASA's plans for a lunar habitation outpost call out for process technologies to separate hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide gases from regolith product gas streams. A low-pressure drop separation unit is needed to remove these sulfur compounds from regolith process streams that is compact and… More

Electrocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Commercial Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Karen Jayne, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,910.00
Abstract:
The United States continues to rely on petroleum and natural gas as its primary sources of fuel. As a consequence, the increase in CO2 emissions over the last 100 years has had a dramatic effect on our atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Additionally, our reliance on foreign oil is of… More

On-Line Measurement of PEM Electrolyzer Stacks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Water electrolyzers based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology are being targeted by the DOE to generate hydrogen for transportation and stationary applications. Currently, the membrane and electrode assemblies (MEAs) in these electrolyzer stacks must be measured for quality assurance… More

Reactive-Separator Process Unit for Lunar Regolith

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,989.00
Abstract:
NASA's plans for a lunar habitation outpost call out for process technologies to separate hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide gases from regolith product gas streams. A low-pressure drop separation unit is needed to remove these sulfur compounds from regolith process streams that is compact and… More

Multi-Tank Fuel Inerting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, President
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
The military desires a multi-tank fuel inerting system to protect the craft from ballistic fire and accidental fires. Traditional systems have used either stored suppressants that are often heavy, costly, and create logistical resupply challenges or systems that produce an inert gas such as an… More

SBIR Phase II: Electrochemical Ozone Generator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble
Award Amount: $411,588.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop a water disinfection system based on an electrochemical generator that produces ozone directly into process water. Because of its excellent disinfection and oxidation qualities, ozone is widely used for drinking water and… More

Production System for 18-Labeled Oxygen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The National Institutes of Health desires to have more economical methods to produce 18-labeled oxygen for use in energy expenditures studies and body composition studies. Traditionally, the oxygen isotope is produced t hrough cryogenic distillation of nitric… More

Advanced Contaminant Inactivation System for Drinking Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $79,994.00
Abstract:
"The environmental Protection Agency is soliciting innovations for the development of small unit drinking water systems that will inactivate contaminants including pesticides, organic pollutants, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and pathogens. In the US, 85% of all public water systems… More

Multi-Tank Fuel Inerting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, President – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $749,939.00
Abstract:
The military desires a multi-tank fuel inerting system to protect the craft from ballistic fire and accidental fires. Traditional systems have used either stored suppressants that are often heavy, costly, and create logistical resupply challenges or systems that produce an inert gas such as an… More

Reactive Capture of Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Karen D. Jayne, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,996.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR, Reactive Innovations, LLC (RIL) proposes to develop a compact and lightweight electrochemical to capture carbon dioxide in the martian atmosphere from nitrogen and argon. Our approach builds on two separately developed technologies in our laboratory involving: 1) carbon dioxide… More

Production System for 18-Labeled Oxygen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble – 978-692-4664
Award Amount: $993,912.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The National Institutes of Health desires to have more economical methods to produce 18-labeled oxygen and, in particular, 18-labeled water for use in energy expenditure and body composition studies. This oxygen-18 is converted into fluorinated-18 isotopes to… More

Purification of Biogas for Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Karen Jayne, Research Scientist – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $149,800.00
Abstract:
Biogas from anaerobic digestion of biological wastes is a renewable energy resource. It has been used to provide heat, shaft power and electricity. While methane is a major component of biogas, other constituents (chiefly carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide) lower the energy content and introduce… More

Low Temperature Thermal Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, president – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Low temperature electrolytes for thermal batteries are desired to increase the power density while still maintaining safe and long-storage life capability. Reducing the operating temperature of the thermal batteries can lessen the amount of pyrotechnic material and insulation required to maintain a… More

In-Situ Crack Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, President – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
The Navy needs an improved inspection system to detect, monitor, and characterize cracks and corrosion on titanium, steel, and aluminum components used in military systems. It is desired to have a portable device that can operate in-service preventing the component from being removed or excised from… More

Silver Ion Biocide Delivery System for Water Disinfection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,998.00
Abstract:
U.S. space exploration missions have long considered returning to the Moon and exploration of Mars that challenge life support systems. For these long duration missions, NASA is interested in replacing the iodine water treatment system with ionic silver. Although iodine treated water has been used… More

Purification of Biogas for Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Karen Jayne, Research Scientist – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $499,930.00
Abstract:
Renewable energy deriving from biomass sources has great potential for growth to meet our future energy demands. However, this fuel must be purified before use in a fuel cell to prevent harmful effects from contaminants. Reactive Innovations recently conducted a successful Phase I SBIR effort for… More

Efficient Rare Earth Separation Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Principal Investigator: Karen Jayne, Research Scientist – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $99,795.00
RI Contact: Corby Anderson
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR proposal, Reactive Innovations, LLC will demonstrate the technical and economic viability of a room temperature environmentally friendly technology for extraction and separation of light rare earth metals (lanthanides) with improved efficiency. Rare earths currently require… More

Wide Area Hydrogen Sulfide Monitoring System for Agricultural Enterprises

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, President – 978-692-4664
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This sensor development project is responsive to the societal challenge areas of 1) Climate Change and 2) Sustainable Bioenergy. Hydrogen sulfide emissions from agricultural enterprises, especially those associated with large animal feeding lots, can impact the climate. A monitoring system to better… More

Low Cost Production of Carbon Monofluoride (CFx) for Lithium Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DLA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Salley, Sr. Research Scientist – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Li/CFx primary batteries are considered to be a superior choice for military applications that require long life, light weight and very low self-discharge. The high cost of current carbon monofluoride materials, however, adds significantly to the total cost of the battery. Reactive Innovations, LLC… More

Vector Arthropod Trap Using a CO2 Attractant Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DHP
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Kimble, President – (978) 692-4664
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
The military desires an improved trap to capture and hold arthropods that may carry disease causing pathogens. A continuous source of carbon dioxide is needed over an 8 hour period to attract flea and tick species that are subsequently trapped and held alive for five days. Ideally, the arthropod… More

Templated Micro-Channel Thermal Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
Electronic systems have increasing thermal demands that need improved cooling solutions that are light weight and low cost. An effective thermal control solution is needed that can integrate with on-detector electronics used in nuclear physics instruments. A new manufacturing method is proposed by… More

Membraneless Water Desalination System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Kimble, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
Access to freshwater is an increasingly important national and international issue. Today, about three billion people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. To address the challenge of providing clean fresh water to meet the earths growing population new innovative solutions are… More