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Company Information:

Company Name: NexTech Materials, Ltd.
City: Lewis Center
State: OH
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (614) 842-6606

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $4,635,034.00 47
SBIR Phase II $12,214,831.00 17
STTR Phase I $500,000.00 5

Award List:

Composite Ceria Eletrolytes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott L. Swartz
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
40826 November 13, 1996 NexTech Materials, Ltd. Although oxygen-conducting ceramics are used as electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), their requirements for high temperature operation cause material compatibility problems. The primary… More

Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott L. Swartz , Director of Research
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
100 Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte--NexTech Materials, Ltd., 720 Lakerview Plaza Boulevard, Suite I, Worthington, OH 43085-4733; (614) 766-4895 Dr. Scott L. Swartz, Principal Investigator Mr. William J. Dawson, Business Official DOE Grant No.… More

LOW-COST, PORTABLE HOME MEDICAL OXYGEN DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Swartz, scott l
Award Amount: $97,986.00
Abstract:
This project is aimed at the development of a low-cost, portable system to provide oxygen in the home to patients with chronic lung and heart related diseases, e.g., COPD. This new in-home oxygen delivery system, based on ceramic technology, will improve the quality of life for hundreds of… More

Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott L. Swartz , Director of Research
Award Amount: $749,943.00
Abstract:
100 Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte--NexTech Materials, Ltd., 720 Lakerview Plaza Boulevard, Suite I, Worthington, OH 43085-4733; (614) 766-4895 Dr. Scott L. Swartz, Principal Investigator Mr. William J. Dawson, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82443 Amount: … More

Oxygen Generation System Using Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,388.00

Novel Carbon Monoxide Sensor for PEM Fuel Cell Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Ohio State University
Principal Investigator: Dr Scott L Swartz, Director of Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A

Cathode-Supported Thin-Film Solid Oxide Cells with Low Operating Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available Optical storage systems and memories are emerging rapidly as a solution to address the next generation requirement of high data-density and fast access time, and have created demand for high-speed and large-volume data handling interconnects between optical memory devices and… More

32 x 2.5 Gb/s Optical Code Division Multiplexing for Agile Optical Networking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
65874 Replacing air with oxygen in industrial applications improves the efficiency of oxidation reactions and reduces polluting emissions, including NOx. Therefore, the demand for inexpensive, high purity oxygen is steadily rising. This project will develop ceria-based membrane materials for… More

Process for Removal of Dioxin from Incinerator Off-Gas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
65886 New fossil fuel energy systems are required that consume less fuel and generate less greenhouse gases and polluting emissions. Moreover, the cost of these systems must be comparable to that of current systems. The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a candidate technology for meeting these… More

Low Temperature Ceramic Oxygen Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Fuel Cell Group Leader
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Numerous applications within the military and medical fields would benefit from compact and electrically efficient oxygen generation systems. Ceramic-based electrochemical oxygen generation systems are under consideration for military applications,including oxygen supplies for aircraft, medevacs,… More

Novel Ceria-Based Materials for Low-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
65886 New fossil fuel energy systems are required that consume less fuel and generate less greenhouse gases and polluting emissions. Moreover, the cost of these systems must be comparable to that of current systems. The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a candidate technology for meeting these… More

Novel Ceria-Based Materials for Low-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
65886 New fossil fuel energy systems are required that consume less fuel and generate less greenhouse gases and polluting emissions. Moreover, the cost of these systems must be comparable to that of current systems. The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a candidate technology for meeting these… More

Low Temperature Fuel Cells Based on Proton Conducting Ceramic Membranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: California Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Fuel Cells Group Leader
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Richard P. Seligman
Abstract:
The development of compact, lightweight and continuous power sources to replace battery-based systems offers substantial advantages for military operations. Fuel cells offer high energy density (up to 1000 Wh/kg) and operate continuously as long as fuelis provided. Advantages of fuel cells include… More

Development of Robust NOx Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Abdul-Majeed Azad
Award Amount: $98,856.00
Abstract:
70832 NOx is an unwanted by-product from combustion equipment, gas turbines, incinerators, kilns, and power plants. There is a need for the continuous monitoring of NOx in the presence of other combustion products, in the range 200-800¿C, and in various utility plant locations. This… More

Highly Textured Composite Seals for SOFC Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh
Award Amount: $100,000.00

High Efficiency Fuel Cell Reformer for Logistics Fuels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Abdul-Majeed Azad, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Fuel cell systems are being considered for naval vessels, including surface ships and submarines, for propulsion, auxiliary, and emergency power generation. The use of logistic diesel fuels as a source of hydrogen for PEM fuel cells would allowimplementation of fuel cell technology without… More

Low Temperature Ceramic Oxygen Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Fuel Cell Group Leader
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Military applications such as aircraft and military require compact and efficient oxygen generation systems. In this program, NexTech Materials is collaborating with Northrop Grumman to produce a Ceramic Oxygen Generator (COG) capable of meeting theseneeds. The critical component for COG systems… More

Highly Textured Composite Seals for SOFC Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
70580 A major obstacle to the commercialization of planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is the lack of sealing materials that are chemically and mechanically robust. Seals must withstand both the oxidizing and reducing atmospheres and the thermal cycling that accompany SOFC operation, while… More

Highly Textured Composite Seals for SOFC Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
70580 A major obstacle to the commercialization of planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is the lack of sealing materials that are chemically and mechanically robust. Seals must withstand both the oxidizing and reducing atmospheres and the thermal cycling that accompany SOFC operation, while… More

Low Cost Spray Deposition for SOFC Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
72676S03-I This project will develop a high-efficiency, low-cost, scalable spray deposition method for applying electrolyte and electrode layers to silicon oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In Phase I, a number of SOFC cells will be spray coated and processed so that film quality, film thickness, and… More

Cost-Effective Production of Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Edward M. Sabolsky, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project (DARPA SBIR- Topic SB031-005) will focus on the formation of grain-oriented (textured) 0.675Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-.0.325PbTiO3 (PMN-32.5PT) ceramics for various high performance sensor and transducerapplications. NexTech proposes to grain-orient… More

SBIR Phase I: High Performance Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Sabolsky
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will focus on the formation of improved performance, lead-free, piezoelectric ceramics for various high performance sensor and transducer applications. The piezoelectric response of Barium Zirconium Titanate (BZT) ceramic compositions will be… More

SBIR Phase II: High Performance Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Sabolsky, PI
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project proposes to focus on the formation of grain-oriented (textured) lead-free piezoelectric and dielectric ceramics for various electroceramic and transducer applications. The overall objective of this project will be to produce lead-free ceramics… More

SBIR Phase I: High-Performance Hydrocarbon Reforming Catalysts for Fuel Cell Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Scott Swartz, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will focus on the development of high-performance hydrocarbon reforming catalysts for fuel processors of fuel cell systems. The objective of this research project is to determine feasibility of novel composite materials approach for… More

High-Power Density SOFCs for Aviation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward M. Sabolsky, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
As solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) approach commercialization, interest in broader applications of this technology is mounting. While the first commercialized systems are being designed to provide 3-5 kW in stationary and automotive auxiliary power unit (APU) applications, aerospace and military… More

Low Cost Materials, Designs, and Manufacturing Processes for Robust Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Edward Sabolsky, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
New power systems are needed for U.S. Army vehicles, to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce reliance on the fuel supply train. Solid-oxide fuel cell systems provide compelling advantages in fuel efficiency, fuel flexibility, and fuel impurity tolerance. The same fuel efficiency advantages provided… More

High Power Density Regenerative SOFCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Day, Senior Development Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
High altitude uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) offer the opportunity to enhance border security and provide early warning for missile defense programs. These platforms offer an inexpensive alternative to satellite or manned reconnaissance aircraft, but require a night-time power source to augment… More

Sulfer-Tolerant Water-Gas-Shift Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Scott L. Swartz, Director of Technology
Award Amount: $896,888.00
Abstract:
Fuel cell systems are being considered for naval vessels, including surface ships and submarines, for propulsion, auxiliary, and emergency power generation. The primary advantages of fuel cell power generation include increased efficiency, lower weight and smaller size, less pollution, and reduced… More

Low Cost Materials, Designs, and Manufacturing Processes for Robust Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Edward Sabolsky, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
New power systems are needed for U.S. Army vehicles, to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce reliance on the fuel supply train. Solid-oxide fuel cell systems provide compelling advantages in fuel efficiency, fuel flexibility and fuel impurity tolerance. The same fuel efficiency advantages provided… More

Production of Advanced Nanomaterials from Biological Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Christopher Holt, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Current conventional methods of fabricating titania based ceramics have not resulted in superior materials performance. This project will utilize the nano-architecture of existing silica based micro-algae that have been chemically converted to demonstrated ceramic photo-catalyst materials while… More

High Power Density Regenerative SOFCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Day, Senior Development Engine
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force has identified a need for lightweight electrochemical energy production for systems where gravimetric and volumetric power densities are of premium importance. These devices will provide and/or supplement the primary power systems on air platforms such as monitoring and… More

Sulfur-Tolerant Autothermal Reforming Catalysts for Aviation Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott L. Swartz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,804.00
Abstract:
As solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) approach commercialization, interest in broader applications of this technology is mounting. While the first commercialized systems are being designed to provide 3-5 kW in stationary and automotive auxiliary power unit (APU) applications, military and aerospace… More

Ceramic Oxygen Generator for Carbon Dioxide Electrolysis Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward Sabolsky, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I proposal (Topic X9.01), NexTech Materials, Ltd. proposes to develop a high efficiency ceramic oxygen generation system which will separate O2 from the CO2-rich (95%) Martian atmosphere through a solid-oxide electrolysis process at 750-850?aC. The CO2 electrolysis process will… More

Hydrogen Reformation of Renewable Ethanol for Military Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Scott L. Swartz, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The U.S. military requires a reliable fuel supply and efficient power generation technologies, and ideally one that does not require importing of oil from politically unstable regions of the world. Fuel cell power generation from hydrogen is an attractive option, especially if the hydrogen is… More

SBIR Phase I: Commercialization of Next Generation SOFC's

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims to demonstrate the enhanced electrochemical performance and oxidation-reduction stability of a novel planar solid oxide fuel cell component. This research program will optimize the cell architecture, composition and geometry to assure cell… More

Component Manufacturing and Optimization of Protonic SOFCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: California Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Lisa Miller
Abstract:
Proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (p-SOFCs) offer significant advantages in operating temperature and fuel utilization compared to other types of fuel cells. This project will advance the materials science and manufacturing technology for ceramic proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells… More

Energy Conversion of JP-10 Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Paul H. Matter, Chemical Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The United States Navy has a critical need for improved power systems for unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems. Power and energy density are critically deficient in current UUV platforms, and limit mission time and capability of current systems. Tethered systems and battery powered systems… More

Sulfur-Tolerant Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Anodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Edward M. Sabolsky, Fuel Cell Group Leader
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I proposal (Topic OSD06-EP1), NexTech Materials, Ltd. will comparatively test anode materials sets for SOFCs for operation on sulfur-containing (200 ppmv H2S) fuels between 700-850,aC. Cell performance and stability will be characterized in both sulfur-containing hydrogen and… More

Bio-Ethanol Fueled SOFC System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Matter
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal directly supports development of alternative and renewable energy. Specifically, this project involves development and demonstration of a simplified method for operating solid oxide fuel cells directly on bio-ethanol. Renewable bio-fuels, such as ethanol, present significant advantages… More

Catalysis - Reactive Separations: Ceramic Proton-Conducting Membrane Reactor for Steam Methane Reforming

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul H. Matter, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Hydrogen is one of the most important reactants in the petroleum and chemical industries. The United States produces around 41 million metric tons of hydrogen annually, and the demand for hydrogen is expected to increase significantly with the building of the hydrogen economy. About 80% of… More

Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Enhancement through Infiltration Fabrication Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Edward M. Sabolsky, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In order to improve the performance of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), this project will incorporate a nano-scale catalyst within the SOFC cathode. The innovation will allow improved, inexpensive and stable metals to be used for electrical interconnection and gas manifolding. Further, decreasing… More

Sulfur-Tolerant Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Anodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Director, Fuel Cell R&D
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase II proposal (Topic OSD06-EP1), NexTech Materials, Ltd. will seek further development of the solid oxide fuel cell anode materials that were explored in Phase I. In Phase II, NexTech will use the anode platform that was established in Phase I to improve the understanding of… More

Advanced Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: UNIV. OF FLORIDA
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Seabaugh, Director, Fuel Cell R&D
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Roslyn Oleson
Abstract:
In this Phase I STTR program, NexTech Materials, Ltd. (NexTech) and the University of Florida (UF) will collaboratively demonstrate a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) design and materials set tailored to provide military users with a rugged, compact power supply, operating at temperatures below 600… More

Energy Conversion of JP-10 Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Paul H. Matter, Chemical Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
During Phase I of NexTech's project with ONR, NexTech developed a system concept based on its proprietary solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology capable of meeting the Navy's energy density requirements for large-diameter unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) systems. Phase II of this project will… More

SBIR Phase I: Catalyst for Biomass Gasification Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul H. Matter, DPhil
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a new approach for removing tars from gasified biomass, which will enable the cost effective and efficient use of biomass to produce power, liquid fuels and value added chemicals. The objective of this project is develop an… More

SBIR Phase II: "Bio-Ethanol Fueled SOFC System"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Matter, null
Award Amount: $350,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed research will satisfy three of the USDA's strategic goals as discussed below: (1)The project will enhance economic opportunities for agricultural producers by facilitating the providing impetus for the establishment of a bio-ethanol infrastructure, leading to a new agricultural industry… More

Logistic-Fueled 500-kW SOFC Power System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Paul H. Matter, Chemical Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this proposed SBIR project, NexTech Materials will determine feasibility of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for large-scale (100+ kW) power generation from military logistic fuels. In Phase I, a conceptual design for a fuel cell power system operating on logistic fuel will be established in order… More

SBIR Phase II: Catalyst for Biomass Gasification Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul H. Matter, DPhil
Award Amount: $508,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project focuses on improving efficiency and reducing cost associated with the production of energy, liquid fuels, and value-added chemicals from gasified biomass. Unlike most other sources of biofuels, gasification would not directly compete with… More

Manufacturing Analysis of SOFC Interconnect Coating Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Seabaugh, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Due to the threat of global warming, and the economic need for energy independence, the Department of Energy is seeking alternative means of energy production. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) offer a route for more efficient use of fossil fuels, biofuels, and biomass, with less pollution compared to… More

Gas Phase Sulfur Sensor for JP-8 Fueled Auxiliary Power Generation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lora B. Thrun, Director of Commercialization
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
Demand for fuel-efficient and reliable electrical power is escalating within the U.S. military. Fuel cells, which provide compact, efficient and energy-dense power, could find immediate application as portable battery chargers, auxiliary power units for silent-watch missions, and primary power for… More

Compact and/or MEMS-based gas-sampling sensors for analysis of battery offgassing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lora Thrun, Director of Commercializa
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Availability of robust and reliable sensors for battery health monitoring is essential to the safe implementation and use of re-chargeable batteries in military applications. Lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, silver-zinc, and lithium ion batteries, for example, are critical to a number of existing and… More

Highly Integrated, Highly Efficient Fuel Reformer/Fuel Cell System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul Matter, Chemical Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In this project NexTech Materials, Ltd. will design and demonstrate a 10-kW solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system that can operate on JP 5 diesel fuel. The system will be designed to meet critical Navy needs for unmanned aerial vehicle systems that can operate on heavy diesel fuel with better… More

SBIR Phase I:Dual NOX/NH3 Sensor for Diesel Exhaust After-Treatment Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Lora B. Thrun, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will investigate the sensing mechanisms underlying a new nitrogen oxides (NOx) sensor technology that also has the potential for ammonia sensing. This project will optimize materials for dual NOx and NH3 sensing through experimentation and… More

Advanced Membranes for CO2 Capture from Existing Coal-fired Power Plants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: The Ohio State University
Principal Investigator: Paul Matter, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Angela Maupin
Abstract:
Coal is an abundant source of energy in the USA, but is not currently utilized effectively. Recently, the DOE has begun a carbon sequestration program is to develop advanced CO2 capture and compression technology for existing coal-fired plants with increased efficiency with no more than a 35%… More

Manufacturing System Design Analysis of SOFC Stacks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Lora Thrun, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A number of process-based manufacturing analyses have been performed for SOFCs, providing cohesive feasibility analyses for a wide range of cell and stack designs. These studies have been broad in scope; however, with limited depth on any particular stack technology and lacking a detailed analysis… More

Manufacturing Analysis of SOFC Interconnect Coating Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Matthew Seabaugh, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Due to the threat of global warming, and the economic need for energy independence, the United States Department of Energy is developing alternative means of energy production. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells offer a route for more efficient use of fossil fuels, bio-fuels, and biomass, with less pollution… More

Logistic-Fueled 500-kW SOFC Power System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Day, Director of Operations – (614) 842-6606
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II SBIR project, NexTech Materials will continue development of high power density solid oxide fuel cell power systems for ship-service applications. The system being developed is based on planar stacks of NexTech"s proprietary FlexCells, which offer unprecedented sulfur tolerance… More

Gas Phase Sulfur Sensor for JP-8 Fueled Auxiliary Power Generation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lora Thrun, Director of Commercializa – (614) 842-6606
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Demand for fuel-efficient and reliable electrical power is escalating within the U.S. military. Fuel cells, which provide compact, efficient and energy-dense power, could find immediate application as portable battery chargers, auxiliary power units for silent-watch missions, and primary power for… More

SOFC Protection Coatings Based on a Cost-Effective Aluminization Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Neil Kidner, Dr. – 614-842-6606 x
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
To make SOFC systems more manufacturable and reduce costs, lower cost stainless steels have been substituted into the stack design wherever possible, including as alternatives to traditional ceramic interconnects within the stack and high-cost nickel-based superalloys in balance of plant (BoP)… More

SBIR Phase I: Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Ammonia to Nitrogen for Hot Exhaust Treatment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Richard Long
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will investigate a new family of low-cost non-precious metal ammonia selective oxidation catalysts for use in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. The selective catalytic reduction of NO with ammonia/urea is widely applied to… More

Sulfur Tolerant Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Stack

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott L. Swartz, Chief Technology Officer – (614) 842-6606
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this proposed SBIR project, NexTech Materials will design, develop and demonstrate a 10-kW scale, power dense and sulfur tolerant solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack for military ground vehicle auxiliary power units. NexTech has already established a conceptual design for this stack, which… More

Diffusion Based Aluminide Coatings for High-Temperature Corrosion Protection of Stainless Steels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Neil Kidner, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Since 2008, the United States has experienced a fundmental shift in energy resources and policies that are now changing the power generation industry. New Federal EPA regulations and State renewable energy portfolio standards have increased the pressure on coal-fired power plants to reduce… More

NOX Sensor for Diesel Engine Emissions Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Lora Thrun, Dr. – 614-842-6606
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
With increasingly stringent regulation of nitrogen oxide emissions, there is a world-wide need for better NOX sensor products for both transportation and industrial markets. Currently, only one sensor is commercially available, and it lacks the low concentration accuracy and fast response time to… More

Sulfur Tolerant Catalysts for Biomass Tar Removal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Long – 614-842-6606
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project, NexTech Materials proposes a catalytic reforming approach to remove waste tar from gasified biomass on nickel-based catalysts. Biomass gasification is a potential renewable route to producing electricity, liquid fuels, and value-added… More

SOFC Protection Coatings Based on a Cost-Effective Aluminization Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Neil Kirdner, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
For solid oxide fuel cells the key barrier to technology commercialization is the high system cost, which is driven by materials selection. The use of steel components would be preferable but without protective coatings they are susceptible to oxidation and chromium volatilization in air and… More

SBIR Phase II: Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Ammonia to Nitrogen for Hot Exhaust Treatment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Richard Long
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project investigates a new series of low-cost non- precious metal catalysts for selective catalytic reduction (SCO) of NH3 to N2. Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with urea is widely applied for abating NOx emissions in diesel engine… More

SBIR Phase I: Superior Spinel-perovskite Composite Catalysts for Combustion of Volatile Organic Compounds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Richard Long
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project investigates a new series of low-cost non-precious metal catalysts for combustion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as propane, hexane, toluene, ketone, alcohols, phenols, xylene and formaldehyde, for reducing VOC emissions from… More

SBIR Phase I: High Temperature Corrosion Protection of Copper by the Application of an Aluminum Based Diffusion Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Neil Kidner
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will evaluate a low cost ceramic coating process to protect copper and its alloys from high temperature corrosion. The excellent thermal conductivity, workability, and relative chemical inertness of copper and its alloys make them… More

Ultra-High Power Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack for High Efficiency Propulsion and Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott L. Swartz, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer – (614) 842-6606
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
In this proposed SBIR project, NexTech Materials will design, develop, and validate a high power density and sulfur tolerant solid oxide fuel cell stack for operation on military logistic fuels, leveraging its established sulfur tolerant stack technology platform. The starting point for work in… More