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Company Information:

Name: Starfire Industries LLC
Address: 2109 South Oak Street,
Suite 100
Urbana, IL 61820-0914
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (708) 955-6691

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,559,519.00 14
SBIR Phase II $4,479,976.39 6
STTR Phase I $299,896.00 3

Award List:

Hollow-Cathode Capillary-Discharge Pseudospark Pulsed Power Units For Integrated

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $99,701.00
Abstract:
The micronization of spacecraft and satellite propulsion systems (size, weight, and power) will require an equivalent reduction in pulsed power unit (PPU) support hardware. There are scaling limitations in current solid-state PPUs in terms of sourcecurrent and response time. Recent advances in… More

Innovative High Power Hall Thruster Configuration Using Novel Rotating Magnetic Fields

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Starfire Industries has identified a novel Hall thruster configuration with significant potential for higher thrust-to-power ratio, thrust-to-mass ratio and intrinsic efficiency compared to the current state-of-the-art. In this Phase I SBIR exploratory development, Starfire Industries will build… More

Advanced Plasma Gun Development for Simulating Edge-Localized-Mode Plasma Disruptions with Application to Free Surface Flowing Liquid Metal PFCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,897.00
RI Contact: Charles F. Zukoski
Abstract:
75105-Edge-localized modes in tokamak fusion reactors cause significant erosion of plasma-facing components, limiting device lifetime. Free-flowing liquid surfaces offer self-healing resistance to permanent physical damage, high heat removal capability, and potential advantageous hydrogen recycling… More

Hollow-Cathode Capillary-Discharge Pseudospark Pulsed Power Units For Integrated "On-A-Chip" Plasma Propulsion Systems Using MEMS Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk, President & CEO
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
There is a growing demand for advanced space-based radar/sensor/imaging systems, ballistic missile defense and anti-satellite warfare capability in self-healing distributed infrastructure space networks. Miniaturization of sensor, communications and structural hardware has driven the industry,… More

High Power Hall Thruster Model Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The path towards high-power Hall thruster development lies in the fundamental understanding and modification of electron tranport processes within the plasma discharge channel. This development effort will build on the successes in phase I and focus on analytical and computational modeling leading… More

High Power Planar Hall Thruster Technology Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR will test the feasibility and viability of a Planar Hall Thruster (PHT) to enable high-power, modular thrusters with improved operating characteristics and lower lifecycle costs. Recent research suggests that conventional Hall thrusters may have limitations on efficiency and power… More

Lithium Propellant Purification and Filtration System For LFA and MPD Thrusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers
Award Amount: $69,852.00
Abstract:
Lithium has been proposed as an attractive metal propellant for advanced nuclear-electric propulsion missions in the outer solar system. While it is low molecular weight for high Isp and had high conductivity for MPD acceleration, it is also corrosive to most metals, leeches elements from alloys,… More

High-Efficiency Compact Toroidal Plasma Acceleration Using Annular Helicon Pre-Ionization For High-Power, High-Specific Impulse Electric Space Propuls

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, VP R&D
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Mitchell Walker
Abstract:
Electromagnetic propulsion using compact toroidal plasmas is ideal for high-thrust, high-Isp missions since velocities and densities are not space charge limited, the self-field structure does not suffer magnetic detachment problems and the inductive electrode-less nature has superior lifetime. … More

High-Efficiency Multi-Mode Power-Processing Units for Hall-Effect Thrusters Using Electronically-Adjustable Step-Up Transformers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will address the technical and commercial feasibility of developing a dc-dc power processing unit with an electronically-adjustable step-up ratio (i.e. no moving parts) to achieve high conversion efficiencies (>94%) over a broad range of… More

High-Efficiency Long-Lifetime Neutron Generator For Radiographic Munitions and IED Inspection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Sealed-tube FNG sources have on-off capability and relatively small size; however, lifetime of these tubes at the desired output levels is short (a few hundred hours due to target degradation at high power), and thus have prohibitive operating cost. In order to become cost and mission effective,… More

Microwave Plasma Propulsion Systems for Defensive Counter-Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: David N. Ruzic
Abstract:
Due to the proliferation of inexpensive nano-satellites, space situational awareness and object detection/negation are high priorities for protecting US space-borne assets. Starfire Industries is proposing a novel microwave plasma thruster employing electron cyclotron resonance techniques for… More

Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
This Starfire Industries Phase I SBIR project specifically addresses the need to replace Am-Be sources for the well-logging industry and other applications where sealed radioactive sources are being used. Market factors inhibiting DT fusion neutron generators from replacing Am-Be sources are: (1)… More

Neutron Radiography for Complementary Non-Destructive Evaluation/Testing for Stockpile Reliability Programs of U.S. Army Tactical Missile Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Neutron Radiography (NR) is a non-destructive evaluation/non-destructive testing technique that is an ideal complement to current x-ray techniques because of differences in how neutrons interact with matter; providing superior contrast for imaging lightweight organic materials, especially adhesives,… More

High-Efficiency Long-Lifetime Neutron Generator For Radiographic Munitions and IED Inspection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Vice President/CTO
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Sealed-tube fusion neutron generator (FNG) sources have on-off capability and relatively small size suitable for small-footprint neutron radiography (NR) and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) systems; however, lifetime of these tubes at the desired output levels is short (a few hundred hours due to… More

Non-Radiactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers
Award Amount: $999,977.39
Abstract:
Design, build, test and evaluate an engineering prototype neutron generator for Am-Be replacement that is to scale and function to simulate ruggedness and suitability for borehole applications. In Phase II, Starfire will develop the most difficult tool for design and evaluation, the 1-11/16” bore… More

SBIR Phase I:Microwave Surface-Wave Plasma Source for Large-Area, High-Throughput, High-Quality Thin-Film Manufacturing for Solar Panels and Semiconductors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop an innovative microwave surface-wave plasma source for low-cost, large-area, high-throughput conformal thin-film growth. A scalable architecture will be designed to generate high-pressure, low-temperature, narrow-gap,… More

SBIR Phase I:In-Situ Soil Composition Analysis using Neutron Analysis Techniques for Precision Farming Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, DPhil
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will investigate the ability of prompt gamma neutron analysis (PGNA) techniques to provide in situ subsurface (0-48 inches) localized (

SBIR Phase II: Microwave Surface-Wave Plasma Source for Large-Area, High-Throughput, High-Quality Thin-Film Manufacturing for Solar Panels and Semiconductors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to develop a Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) system for the deposition of silicon layers for a solar cell to absorb sunlight and convert to electricity. Current PECVD processes face challenges that limit the… More

Hall-Effect Thruster Modifications for Dual-Mode Electric Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Jurczyk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The integrated NASA/DoD electric propulsion objectives are for a specific mass less than 3 kg/kW while demonstrating a throttlable thrust-to-power ratio of 100:1 at a specific impulse of 1,000 sec down to 40:1 at 4,000 sec with an operational lifetime exceeding 20,000 hours. Modern Hall-effect… More

Zero Power/Ultra Low Power Tamper Detection Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert Stubbers, Vice President/CTO – (217) 390-2784
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project will investigate no-power sensors to enable self-protection mechanisms to prevent an adversary from accessing or reverse engineering sensitive military electronics containing critical program information (CPI). Due to the wide number of threat… More

Zero Power/Ultra Low Power Tamper Detection Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Stubbers, Vice President/CTO – (217) 390-2784
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR project will fabricate and characterize no-power sensors to enable self-protection mechanisms to prevent an adversary from accessing or reverse-engineering sensitive military electronics containing critical program information (CPI). Due to the wide number of threat channels and intrusion… More

PFC Laser-Based Surface Microtexturing For Liquid Metal Wetting, Improved Heat Transfer, Safety and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Brian Jurczyk, Mr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Surface microtexturing can be used for enhanced heat transfer capabilities at liquid-solid or gas-solid interfaces to improve convection, decrease boundary layer size, change liquid flow properties, and affect the general fluid adhesion (wetting) on the material surface. Recent research has shown… More

Plasma-Assisted Nanostructure Synthesis For Energy, Heat-Transfer, Catalytic and Chemical Reaction Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Brian Jurczyk, Mr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
3D-nanostructured, large surface area materials are desired for a wide range of catalytic and chemical reaction devices, such as electrodes for fast-charging lithium ion batteries, compact catalytic converters for pollution control, high-speed crackers for petroleum reforming, high capacity filters… More