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Company Information:

Company Name: TIAX LLC
City: Lexington
State: MA
Zip+4: 02421-3102
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (617) 498-5655

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $7,169,583.44 77
SBIR Phase II $23,917,812.29 32
STTR Phase I $69,955.00 1
STTR Phase II $500,125.00 1

Award List:

SOF Critical Care Medical Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Marc Drucker, Senior Manager
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
"SOF medics and operators require two pieces of FDA-approved equipment in order to provide critical care on the battlefield in many situations; a one-handed tourniquet, and an airway management device. While there are many devices on the commercial marketthat provide these functions for civilian… More

Integrated Aircrew Ensemble

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Linda Selecman, Associate Director
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
Today's advanced tactical aircraft have steadily evolved since the advent of winged flight, but the protective clothing worn by crewmembers has not. Current equipment does not offer adequate protection from the stresses imposed by increasingly highaltitudes and acceleration. This complex problem is… More

Refrigerant Expansion Energy Recovery System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal
Award Amount: $69,972.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of a scroll expansion device for energy recovery in a trans-critical CO2 vapor compression cycle, using conditions typical of Army Environmental Control units (ECUs). Implementation of ascroll expander in a CO2 vapor compression… More

Compact Lightweight Containers for Hot Food Delivery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,840.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a compact, lightweight container for hot food delivery. The goals for light weight, with maximum deployed volume of 2200 cubic inches and maximum stored volume of 1100 cubix inches will be met by an innovative combination ofadvanced thermal insulation, materials, and… More

LiFePO4 Cathode Material Designed for Use in Lithium-Ion Batteries with Application to Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Per Onnerud
Award Amount: $99,897.00
Abstract:
72170S03-I One of the factors limiting the rapid development of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles (EV/HEV) is the cost and performance of batteries. Lithium-ion battery technology represents the state-of-the-art for portable electronics, but in order to meet the demands of EV/HEV, further… More

Compact Lightweight Containers for Hot Food Delivery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $577,885.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a compact, lightweight container for hot food delivery. THe goals for light weight, with maximum deployed volume of 2200 cubic inches and maximum stored volume of 1100 cubic inches will be met by an innovative combination ofadvanced thermal insulation, materials, and… More

High Density Optical Data Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mehmet Rona, Director
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
TIAX (formerly Arthur D. Little's Technology Division), in partnership with Harvard University, proposes to develop a revolutionary data storage technology with the potential to provide data densities of > 2 Terabits/in2 and data access rates that are 3orders of magnitude faster than the current… More

Encapsulating Films and Foams for Removal of Chemical / Biological Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Beltis, Senior Manager
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
Proposal to provide the Government options for non-hazardous, non-toxic encapsulation systems for flight hardware contaminated by the release of chemical nerve agents or biological agents such as anthrax. The proposal provides the government withrecommendations for modifications to commercially… More

Complex Obstacle Traversing Suspension System for Wheeled Ground Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Boyd Bucher, Manager
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Future military wheeled vehicles will inevitably require equal or superior mobility and a greater ability to traverse complex obstacles in comparison with current tracked and wheeled vehicles. Ideally, no complex obstacle found in either a rural or urbansettings should impede a vehicle's ability to… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel Biological Aerosol Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Barney
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is to investigate a novel technology concept, time-resolved, integrated laser-induced fluorescence, for the detection of airborne microbes. Some present detectors function poorly in the presence of diesel fumes or other pollutants,… More

Integrated Aircrew Ensemble

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Marlene Devine
Award Amount: $749,858.00
Abstract:
Building on concepts developed in Phase I, we will design and demonstrate a fully integrated aircrew ensemble that provides the full spectrum of required protection while significantly reducing the bulk and heat stress of today's flight equipment. The Integrated Aircrew Ensemble (IAE) will leverage… More

Scroll Carbon Dioxide Refrigerant Expander for Energy Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal
Award Amount: $774,610.00
Abstract:
The analysis and design study of the Phase 1 work shows that a proposed scroll carbon dioxide expander for refrigerant energy recovery in transcritical carbon dioxide cooling systems will be viable. The analysis also shows that the expander will improve efficiency of a carbon dioxide cooling system… More

LiFePO4 Cathode Material Designed for Use in Lithium-Ion Batteries with Application to Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Per Onnerud, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,638.00
Abstract:
72170 One of the factors limiting rapid development of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles is the cost and performance of battery technologies. Lithium-ion battery technology represents the state-of-the-art for portable electronics, but in order to meet the demands of hybrid electric vehicle,… More

Complex Obstacle Traversing Suspension System for Wheeled Ground Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Boyd Bucher, Senior Manager
Award Amount: $729,934.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase II project is to develop and fabricate propulsion and suspension components for the Army Mongrel Test Vehicle. The suspension system will be built around a swing arm design that is common to all four corners of the vehicle. Each corner will have electric in-wheel motors with… More

SENSORS: System for Evaluating Neurological Stress with Objective and Remote Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ned Sahin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,702.00
Abstract:
The primary goal of this work is to develop an objective, wearable and robust medical data sensing and processing system, to remotely assess warfighter stress level and cognitive state. The experience of United States Army and much medical research show that types of neurological stress can greatly… More

SENSORS: System for Evaluating Neurological Stress with Objective and Remote Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ned Sahin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,925.00
Abstract:
Overall, the objective of the SENSORS project is to develop a medical sensor array to be worn by the warfighter during battle simulation to gather and broadcast information about stress level and cognitive state. While several organizations have and are currently investigating all aspects of this… More

Crew Survivability Inside Future Combat Systems (FCS) -Type Vehicle: Techniques for Ammunition Protection from Fragments, Shock, and Fire

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal
Award Amount: $119,900.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a multi-layer kinetic energy and thermal shielding system to protect ordnance in the munitions rack of combat vehicles. Functional layers include high performance insulation, flame arrester material, thermal storage to absorb the heat that is conducted through the… More

Advanced Ballistic and Fire Protection systems for Munitions in Light Armored Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal
Award Amount: $729,821.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a multi-layered kinetic energy and thermal shielding system to protect ordnance in the munitions rack of combat vehicles. The proposed program builds on Phase I results by extending the search for the most effective, state of the art materials for ballistic protection.… More

Re-Usable Intraosseous Infusion Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Melanie Turieo, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $729,923.00
Abstract:
Austere far-forward battlefield environments present numerous obstacles to providing adequate medical care to the injured soldier. Intraosseous infusion has been shown to be a rapid, reliable method of achieving vascular access under emergency conditions. Currently available intraosseous devices… More

Development of Medic Blood Pack

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William Murphy, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $119,647.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop "Personal Blood Pack" that can contain a single unit of PRBCs and keep it at a desired temperature (1 to 10 C) for over 48 hours under extreme ambient conditions. The design will be met by an innovative combination of advanced thermal insulation and phase change… More

Development of Medic Blood Pack

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William Murphy, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $654,882.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a medic blood pack for storage of packed red blood cells. The goals for the pack is to maintain up to 4 packs of packed red blood cells and keep them within a desired temperature range (1 to 10 C) for over 48 hours under extreme ambient conditions. The design will be… More

Rigidification of Flexible, Inflatable Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Rancatore, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
Highly-mobile military missions have a need for lightweight, rapidly deployable structures. Advances in inflatable airbeam technology has allowed the rapid deployment of lightweight structures. However, inflatable airbeam technology may not be the optimum solution for long-term facilities, where… More

Re-Usable Intraosseous Infusion Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Raymond Avitable, Technologist
Award Amount: $119,773.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to develop an innovative solution for a durable, portable intraosseous infusion device. Utilizing TIAX?s broad range of skills and experience in developing military field equipment, medical devices and a variety of other products, we will develop a completely… More

SOF Critical Care Medical Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Melanie Turieo, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $403,671.00
Abstract:
Special Operation Forces (SOF) operate in remote locations for extended periods and often with out support of conventional military medical support. Improved body armor has protected most vital areas but there are still a number of penetrating injuries to the upper and lower extremities. During the… More

Resonant Microstructures to Enhance Condenser Airside Heat Transfer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
79229S Many HVAC and refrigeration equipment relies on air-cooled condensers to remove refrigeration circuit heat. The energy use of these systems is strongly dependent on the effectiveness of condenser heat transfer. In spite of significant advances in design and fabrication techniques for fins,… More

Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Safer, Low-Cost Lithium Iron Phosphate Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Karen Thomas-Alyea, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,926.00
Abstract:
78339S Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are key technologies for reducing the nation¿s dependence on imported petroleum, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution, and conserving petrochemical feedstocks. Lithium-ion batteries, with their high energy density, show promise to… More

Metal Hydride Slurry as a Novel Carrier of Hydrogen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Stephen W. Lasher, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
79395S Pipelines will likely be the ultimate hydrogen delivery system, due to their relatively low cost and high efficiency when transporting hydrogen in large volumes. However, the perceived safety and associated economic implications of hydrogen delivery using high-pressure gaseous pipelines may… More

Accelerometer-Based Feedback for the Control of an HCCI Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jan-Roger Linna, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,938.00
Abstract:
79703S Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines have been shown to reduce NOx, fuel consumption, and CO2 production. However, control of this technology outside of the laboratory is difficult to achieve cost-effectively. In order to control combustion processes, it will be necessary… More

Assured Operational Mobility Across Gaps for the Future Combat Systems/Future Force) FCS/FF

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Anil Mankame, Senior Technologis
Award Amount: $119,937.00
Abstract:
Despite the increase in use of futuristic technology and the Army's plans for Future Force capabilities, the Army's mobile bridges have seen few major leaps forward in their abilities. With deployability and battlefield agility being two key requirements for Future Force units, it is imperative… More

Assured Operational Mobility Across Gaps for the Future Combat Systems/Future Force) FCS/FF

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Anil Mankame, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $729,892.00
Abstract:
Assured mobility is the critical element of Future Combat Systems (FCS). Gaps, both naturally occurring and intentionally created by the enemy, impede the momentum of assault. Current gap crossing equipment, necessarily requires soldiers to launch/retrieve the bridge in hostile environment,… More

Advanced Tactical 2 KW Stirling Power Sources for Co-Generation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Allan Chertok, Principal
Award Amount: $69,858.00
Abstract:
The Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) is seeking smaller and lighter apparatus to meet the electric power and heating/cooling needs of vehicle mounted shelters. To reduce present system weight CECOM is exploring the feasibility of an external combustion Stirling engine powered… More

Automatic Body Protection for Paratrooper Landings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Stokes, Human Factors Engineer
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
Literature indicates that ankle and lower limb injuries present the greatest opportunity for reduction, given their high frequency of occurrence. Many solutions to reduce ankle injuries have been attempted - ankle braces to support the ankle during landing, cushioning devices to help absorb some of… More

Automatic Real-Time Magnetometer Error Compensation and Calibration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Fricke, Director, Electronic Systems
Award Amount: $69,916.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort in this SBIR program is to develop an auto-compensation method for field deployed, strap-down magnetometers. The solution we propose is a system solution that includes sensor design, initial calibration, use of auxiliary field sensors, and automated field compensation methods.… More

Solid Waste Preprocessor for Field Waste to Energy Conversion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bowman, Senior Manager
Award Amount: $69,939.00
Abstract:
TIAX and CQ Inc. propose to develop a solid waste preprocessor (SWP) system based on briquetting technology. Briquetting is a time-proven solid fuel preparation technique used widely around the world with a variety of feed stocks. This project addresses the two key challenges to developing a… More

Lightweight Environmental Control Unit (ECU)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
An analytical model will be developed to assess air-conditioning system performance operating with hydrocarbon refrigerant. Different hydrocarbon refrigerants and blends of refrigerants will be evaluated to determine which option provides the best performance with the least flammability risk. … More

Novel Polymeric Formulations for Skin Protection and Decontamination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Emily L. Reichert, Sr Scientist, App. Chem & Materials
Award Amount: $69,938.00
Abstract:
Currently there is a need for a pre-exposure decontaminating skin cream that will neutralize chemical warfare agents (CWA) on contact. Current approaches to this problem cannot both dissolve a CWA challenge and neutralize the agent into less toxic products before it reaches the skin surface. In… More

Technology to Improve the Performance of Lithium-Ion Cells at Low Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Karen Thomas-Alyea, Dr.
Award Amount: $732,443.00
Abstract:
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs) are key technologies for reducing the nation¿s dependence on imported petroleum, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution, and conserving petrochemical feedstocks. Because… More

Advanced Tactical 2 KW Stirling Power Sources for Co-Generation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Allan Chertok, Principal
Award Amount: $720,756.00
Abstract:
The Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) seeks smaller and lighter equipment to meet the electric power and heating/cooling needs of vehicle mounted shelters. To reduce present system weight, CECOM is exploring the feasibility of an external combustion Stirling engine powered… More

Automatic Real-Time Magnetometer Error Compensation and Calibration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Fricke, Director, Electronic Syst
Award Amount: $728,506.00
Abstract:
A magnetic auto-compensation portable base station (MAC-PBS) will be developed to measure geomagnetic field fluctuations within a designated training area. The measured fluctuations will be broadcast to mobile users within the area so that magnetic bearings measured using a digital compass can be… More

Renewable Electric Energy Source for Special Operations Force (SOF) Maritime Combatant Craft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Renee Wong, Contracting Officer
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is seeking a quiet, reusable high-energy source for use on maritime Combatant Craft. The needs expressed by solicitation SOCOM05-001 are a very good match to the performance and operating features of a TIAX-developed Free Piston Stirling Engine (FPSE) power… More

Sealant Application Process and Technology Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Ashmore, Technologist
Award Amount: $149,293.00
Abstract:
Sealants are currently applied manually to aircraft which is a time-consuming process that results in unwanted variation in sealant thickness and quality, making a controlled and reliable automated application method extremely advantageous. We propose novel technology for spraying to deliver a… More

Articulated Soldier Knee and Elbow Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Stokes, Senior Technologist, Human Factors
Award Amount: $69,727.00
Abstract:
In today's urban warfare, soldiers operate in austere environments where they are confronted with a seemingly endless variety of ballistic and impact threats. High intensity ballistic threats go beyond traditional small arms fire and now include an increasing number of improvised explosive devices… More

New and Improved Nonaqueous Electrolyte Components - Salts and Solvents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bookeun Oh, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
TIAX,LLC proposes to develop a non-aqueous electrolyte formulation that will enable Lithium-ion batteries to deliver high power and achieve long operational life across an extended temperature range from -40 ºC to 70 ºC, and will also provide enhanced safety for these batteries. This will be… More

High-Efficiency Heat Exchanger for Individual Stoves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bowman, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
TIAX with the support of Cascade Designs, Inc propose to develop a high efficiency Heat Exchanger Cup (HEXC) for use with the Modular Individual Water Heater (MIWH). The MIWH is based on a new, self-powered, fuel delivery technology, called Capillary Force Vaporizer (CFV). The overall heat… More

Improved Far-Target Location Accuracy for Man-Portable Systems Through Application of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)-Gyro / Magnetometer Hybr

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Fricke, Director of Electronic Systems
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes to address the challenges of compensation for magnetic clutter by integrating magnetometers, accelerometers, gyros, and supporting electronics including an embedded processor and algorithms. TIAX will build on our existing sensor technology and extend it to provide for a simplified… More

Formulation of a Neutralizing Skin Protectant (NSP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Emily Reichert, Sr Scientist, App. Chem &
Award Amount: $749,835.00
Abstract:
Currently there is a need for a pre-exposure decontaminating skin cream that will neutralize chemical warfare agents (CWA) on contact. Current approaches to this problem cannot both dissolve a CWA challenge and neutralize the agent into less toxic products before it reaches the skin surface. Our… More

Nano-Structured Carbon/Silicon Composite for High Energy, Long Cycle Life Lithium-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,934.00
Abstract:
Electric and hybrid electric vehicles require lithium-ion cells that: (1) provide at least 150 Wh/kg, 230 Wh/l, 300 W/kg, and 460 W/l; (2) have a life of 1000 cycles at 80 percent depth of discharge; (3) have a calendar life of at least 10 years; and (4) are made with materials costing less than… More

Pilot for Rail Passenger Cab Cars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Robert Rancatore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,861.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes a Phase I SBIR project that will result in a preliminary conceptual design for rail passenger cab car pilots that will reduce the risk for derailment following a grade crossing collision with an automobile. Several tasks are proposed, including: a review of existing pilot designs… More

Novel Polymeric Building Decontamination Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Ehntholt, Director
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
TIAX has previously evaluated the efficacy of polymeric materials in the removal of chemical and biological agents form surfaces. The system previously evaluated showed better than 2-log removal of simulants for both chemical and biological agents. TIAX is proposing under this SBIR proposal to… More

Low-Cost, High-Temperature Recuperators for SOFC Fabricated from Ti3AlC2 Machinable Ceramic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
Achieving the low-cost and high-efficiency potential of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems requires novel approaches to recuperator materials. In these systems, large recuperators are needed to pre-heat the high-flow-rate air to approximately 700% above that dictated by reaction stoichiometry… More

Temperature Controlled Enhanced Human Remains Transfer Case

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Principal
Award Amount: $69,953.00
Abstract:
Current practice for return of human remains from theatres of operation consists of packing the remains in a human remains pouch and then in an uninsulated aluminum-construction case. Ice is used for maintaining temperature, but it often is not sufficient for the flights of up to ten hours. This… More

Degradable Taggants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Anant K. Singh, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes an effort to address the two primary technical challenges that need to be resolved in order to develop a robust tagging system to enable near-real time change detection for monitoring of specified routes used by US troops in combat zones. The extreme urgency of this need is starkly… More

Portable Cogeneration of Power and Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Kingston Owens, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
The escalating use of electronic equipment on the battlefield requires increasing amounts of field deployable electric power. Air conditioning is required when these systems are used in warm environments. A quiet, efficient, and low exhaust emissions electric generator to provide mission power and… More

Advanced 50-kW Thermal Management System Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: William Murphy, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $99,950.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the need for a compact thermal management system for cooling of high-heat-flux surfaces of DEW weapons systems which uses polyalfaolefin (PAO) fluid to transport system heat to ram air. TIAX proposes to develop a compact thermal management system technology based on the use… More

Quasi Dynamic Dehumidification (QuaDD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Principal
Award Amount: $69,977.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the need for a robust moisture-removal system for containers used for shipment and storage of high-value equipment such as aircraft engines. Current desiccant-based systems incur high inspection and servicing costs, and may still allow humidity-related damage to occur. TIAX… More

Multi-fuel Burner for Stirling Engine Based on Innovative Component Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason Targoff, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Developing a multi-fuel capable burner with an electronic controls subsystem for a Stirling engine represents an opportunity to develop a power source capable of running on a variety of military fuels. TIAX has developed a Stirling engine power plant technology, an operational third-generation… More

Hydrogen Delivery and Production; Off-Board Hydrogen Bulk Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Stefan Unnasch, Dr
Award Amount: $99,933.00
Abstract:
The use of hydrogen as a fuel for transportation and stationary power applications has been identified as a clear path toward achieving two DOE goals: reducing the nation¿s dependence on imported petroleum and improving the environment through the reduction of fossil-fuel-related emissions. … More

Environmental Innovations for Fossil Energy Applications; Development of Technologies to Reduce Freshwater Use and Consumption in Coal-Fired Power Plants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: David K. Owens, Dr
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
Electricity generation by coal-fired power plants requires an abundant and predictable source of freshwater, about 38 gallons of water per kilowatt hour of electricity produced. The water is used primarily for steam cooling with a lesser quantity for pollution control. Although alternate sources… More

High-Efficiency Heat Exchanger for Individual Stoves

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bowman, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $729,724.00
Abstract:
TIAX, in partnership with Cascade Designs Inc. (CDI), propose to develop and deliver to the Army up to 100 high efficiency Heat Exchanger Cups (HEXC). The HEXC will achieve over 60% thermal efficiency when used with the Capillary Force Vaporizer (CFV) stove, which CDI has developed and is… More

Sealant Application Process and Technology Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Ashmore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,212.00
Abstract:
In Phase I of this SBIR contract, "Sealant Application Process and Technology Development," TIAX LLC demonstrated feasibility of a novel method of applying high-viscosity sealants to F-35 Lightning II aircraft seams and fasteners. Our approach addresses the needs of automatically applying a sealant… More

In-vivo measurement of gas bubble formation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: HARVARD UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Vernon E. Shrauger, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,955.00
RI Contact: David A. Weitz
Abstract:
We propose the development of an in-vivo bubble detection system that will measure the evolution of gas bubbles in biological tissue and blood. Our approach utilizes established commercial technology with advanced imaging techniques to permit visualization of microbubble formation without entering… More

Nano-Structured Carbon/Silicon Composite for High Energy, Long Cycle Life Lithium-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Dr
Award Amount: $749,868.00
Abstract:
Battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) require energy storage devices with high specific energy, but currently available lithium-ion systems can not meet the energy and power goals for EVs. Lithium-ion cells are needed that provide at least 150 Wh/kg, 230 Wh/l, 300 W/kg, and 460 W/l; have a life… More

Actively Excited Bio-Taggant Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Barney, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
In the new global theater of war, there is a critical and highly urgent need to reliably detect, identify, and track high priority targets such as those related to terrorist networks and Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear/Explosive (CBRNE) threats. The specialized bio-taggants being developed… More

Nanotechnology-Enhanced Sensor for Toxic Industrial Chemicals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Dolly Batra, Senior Chemist, Applied Chemistry
Award Amount: $98,871.00
Abstract:
Traditionally, concern over warfighter exposure to chemicals has centered on chemical warfare agents (CWAs), due to their acute toxicity and weaponized status. Recently, however, additional concern has arisen regarding toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), which are industrial chemicals that have the… More

Quick-release Emergency Egress Panel on Cab Car End Doors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Robert Rancatore, Principal Investigator – (617) 498-6067
Award Amount: $74,804.00
Abstract:
The FRA has identified cab car end door kick panels as possible emergency egress panels. They could be used in circumstances where the convential emergency exits are unusable. The industry has operational and maintenance concerns. The objectives of this SBIR are to define the requirements for end… More

Novel Anodes for Rapid Recharge High Energy Density Lithium-ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Muharrem Kunduraci, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,944.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes to develop as a novel negative electrode active material for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. This material will fill the gap between the state-of-the-art high energy density (e.g. graphitic carbon or amorphous tin-carbon composite) and high charging rate capability (e.g.… More

Compact device for quantitative measurement of in-vivo gas bubble formation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: HARVARD UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Vernon E. Shrauger, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $500,125.00
RI Contact: David A. Weitz
Abstract:
We propose to live animal test and continue the refinement of our in-vivo bubble detection system, which quantitatively measures the evolution of gas bubbles in biological tissue and fluid. Our approach utilizes established commercial technology with advanced imaging techniques to permit… More

Multi-fuel Burner for Stirling Engine Based on Innovative Component Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason Targoff, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $776,959.00
Abstract:
Developing a multi-fuel capable burner with an electronic controls subsystem for Stirling engines and other technologies represents an opportunity offers useful flexibility for transitional power sources (400W to 2 kW). TIAX has developed and improved during the Phase I program a burner capable of… More

High Efficiency Viral Vector Purification with Nanoporous Composite Membranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $149,910.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): One of the key components of realizing the promise of gene therapies is the delivery of genes encapsulated in a vector. Although both viral and non-viral vectors have been explored, the inherent transfection ability of viruses has meant that viral vectors remain… More

Degradable Taggants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Anant Singh, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $444,370.00
Abstract:
In the proposed effort TIAX will develop and demonstrate a prototype degradable tagging system to enable near-real time change detection for monitoring of specified routes used by US troops in combat zones. The extreme urgency of this need is starkly clear given the situation in Iraq where roadside… More

Environmental Innovations for Fossil Energy Applications; Development of Technologies to Reduce Freshwater Use and Consumption in Coal-Fired Power Plants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: David K. Owens, Dr
Award Amount: $746,741.00
Abstract:
The steam cycle process used in coal-fired plants requires about 38 gallons of water per kilo-watt hour of electricity produced. The water is used mostly for steam cooling with a lesser quantity used for pollution control devices. This project will develop a novel, low-cost, vapor distillation… More

Heat Activated Metal Hydride Refrigeration Cycle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
Roughly two-thirds of the fuel used in electric power plants is wasted in the form of dissipated heat. The opportunity exists to maximize the use of this heat by generating power and using the waste heat on-site for heating and cooling needs. The development of efficient cooling equipment that makes… More

High Voltage Electrolyte for Lithium-Ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bookeun Oh, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,840.00
Abstract:
For Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) to become commercially viable, the energy content of their batteries must be increased, and the cost of the batteries must be decreased. This project will develop an electrolyte that will allow Lithium-ion cells for PHEV batteries, as well as batteries… More

Sensor Systems for Complete Residential Energy Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Robert Fricke
Award Amount: $89,978.00
Abstract:
A major challenge in assessing the effectiveness of energy conservation measures in buildings is conveying real-time information about energy consumption by particular end-use to occupants. Advances needed to address this challenge for commercial success include making these components inexpensive,… More

Actively Excited Bio-Taggant Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Barney, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $849,903.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In the new global theater of war, there is a critical and highly urgent need to reliably detect, identify, and track high priority targets such as those related to terrorist networks and Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear/Explosive (CBRNE) threats. The specialized bio-taggants being… More

Advanced Articulated Soldier Knee and Elbow Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Anna Marie Nocente, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
To develop comprehensive protection capabilities-impact and ballistic-for the highly vulnerable body locations (knee and elbow) that need this additional protection. Current knee and elbow pad systems are stand-alone components that provide only limited impact protection.

TPE Honeycomb Materials System for ACH Helmet Pads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Richard Stringfellow, Principal
Award Amount: $69,970.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes the development of a helmet pad system based on the use of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) honeycomb structures optimized through materials characterization, simulations of system behavior, and dynamic testing. A shortcoming of existing helmet pads is that they are composed of open cell… More

Power Dense Bottoming Cycles for Microturbine Energy Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC proposes to develop an organic Rankine bottoming cycle utilizing a scroll expander with HFC-245fa working fluid, which will use the waste heat content from the exhaust from a microturbine to generate additional elecric power. The scroll expander provides high efficiency at both on and off… More

Miniaturized, low-cost heading sensor for towed array applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vern Shrauger, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
Current magnetometer-based heading sensors fielded for towed sonar arrays set stringent performances requirements but come at a larger diameter and significant cost. Emerging sonar technology is driving the towed array to smaller diameters and future US Navy programs are moving in this direction. … More

Super-oleophobic/hydrophobic Coatings for Non-stick, Self-Cleaning Textiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dolly Batra, Senior Chemist
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
The development of self-cleaning military uniforms, specifically ones that repel both water and oil based contaminants, can significantly reduce the U.S. military's logistical and economic burden due to frequent laundering. TIAX proposes to develop a textile coating that can impart… More

New and Improved Nonaqueous Electrolyte Components - Salts and Solvents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bookeun Oh, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $729,948.00
Abstract:
TIAX,LLC will develop a non-aqueous electrolyte formulation that will enable Lithium-ion batteries to deliver high power and achieve long operational life across an extended temperature range from 70 C to -40 C, and will also provide enhanced safety for these batteries. This will be accomplished… More

Heat Activated Metal Hydride Refrigeration Cycle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Detlef Westphalen, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,882.00
Abstract:
Roughly two-thirds of the fuel used in electric power plants to generate electricity is wasted in the form of dissipated heat. An opportunity exists to maximize the use of this heat for heating and cooling needs by generating power and using the waste heat on-site, the concept behind combined… More

High Voltage Electrolyte for Lithium-Ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bookeun Oh, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,808.00
Abstract:
For plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to become commercially viable, the energy content of their batteries must be increased and battery cost must be decreased. This project will develop an electrolyte that will allow lithium-ion cells for PHEV and HEV batteries to operate at higher voltage.… More

Use of Algae for Fuels Production Concepts for Extracting Oil from Algae

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Chin, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,862.00
Abstract:
Compared to previous generations of sugars, starches, and lignocelluloses, microalgae are a promising feed for biofuels, which can help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. While the steps from algae growth to biofuel production have been performed at the bench scale, further technological… More

Enabled VOC Sensor for Energy-Efficient Building Ventilation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: William Barney, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,794.00
Abstract:
However, its low sensitivity and high cost has prevented the widespread adoption of Raman spectroscopy by the chemical and petrochemical industries. This project will develop a novel concept for a Raman probe that not only will provide higher sensitivity but also will be more affordable due to its… More

Implantation, Activation, Characterization and Prevention/Mitigation of Internal Short Circuits in Lithium-Ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Suresh Sriramulu, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,784.00
Abstract:
For Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Plug-In HEVs (PHEVs) based on lithium-ion batteries to become commercially viable, occurrences of rare but violent spontaneous field failures of the lithium-ion cells must be eliminated. This project will develop technology to reliably and reproducibly detect… More

Modeling of Hydrogen Dispensing Options for Advanced Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kurtis McKenney, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,882.00
Abstract:
The development of a safe, efficient, and low-cost hydrogen fuel infrastructure would help stimulate the hydrogen economy. Currently, the DOE has completed an evaluation of the infrastructure and refueling needs for 35 MPa vehicles. However, the refueling station equipment requirements and costs… More

Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery with Enhanced Reliability & Safety for Missile Defense Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Principal
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes to improve the reliability and safety of lithium ion rechargeable batteries by developing detection algorithms, suitable for inclusion in battery management systems, which monitor for formation of in-cell internal shorts, the overwhelming cause of thermal runaway safety incidents… More

Non-Condensing Anti-Fog Hydrophobic Optical Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Dolly Batra, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $98,997.00
Abstract:
Fogging of optical components results in substantial reduction in image quality and light transmission, hindering the function of crucial military devices such as specialty eyewear, optical scopes and optical filters. Current solutions to creating an anti-fog surface often entail temporary… More

High Efficiency Purification of Immunotherapeutics with Nanoporous Composite Memb

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Bradford A. Pindzola
Award Amount: $137,388.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapeutics have become the majority of drugs being developed by the pharmaceutical industry, due to their ability to target and treat specific diseased cells. In recent years, improvements i n bioreactor design and host cell… More

Novel High Energy Lithium-Ion Battery chemistry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Principal
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
TIAX will develop a novel high energy lithium-ion battery chemistry that is projected to deliver over 270 Wh/kg in 18650-size cells. The phase I program will develop and demonstrate a high voltage cathode / high voltage electrolyte chemical system that enables this cell-level energy to be achieved.… More

Sensor Systems for Complete Residential Energy Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Matthew Wiggins
Award Amount: $299,986.00
Abstract:
In Phase 1, TIAX developed and demonstrated a residential energy monitoring system (R-EMS) with potential national energy savings of $20 billion annually. Based on user requirements and well-established systems engineering methodology, TIAX’s R-EMS solution is inexpensive, easy to install and… More

Long Cycle Life, High Energy Lithium-Ion Cathode Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Ofer, Principal
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes to utilize a series of insights regarding surface properties of coated cathode materials to develop a novel, coated cathode material for lithium-ion batteries with exceptional cycle life and energy content. The goal of this program is to apply a gradient coating uniformly at the… More

Nanostructured Particles with Designed Mid-Infrared Spectral Emission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bradford Pindzola, Senior Research Chemist
Award Amount: $79,968.00
Abstract:
Infrared flare countermeasures are used for protection of aircraft from IR-seeking surface-to-air missile by providing an intense IR signal, overpowering any other signal and misleading the threat sensor. Recently, advanced threat sensors have begun to monitor multiple optical bands and ignore… More

Development of New Repellent Application Techniques for Military Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dolly Batra, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $69,933.00
Abstract:
The development of new insect-repellent treatments for military textiles and uniforms is a crucial challenge facing the U.S. Army as the current treatment methods have been found to be ineffective in impregnating the insecticide, permethrin, in the newly fielded Flame Retardant Army Combat Uniforms… More

Biomimetic Non-toxic Flame Retardant Materials from Sustainable Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brad Pindzola, Senior Technologist
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Fire resistant materials contribute to increased safety and protection of people in a wide variety of situations. Yet, the flame retardant chemicals that are used to impart this protection are themselves increasingly being found to pose an environmental and human health threat. Brominated organic… More

Automatic Real-Time Magnetometer Error Compensation and Calibration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vern Shrauger, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $1,999,426.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes to develop a solid state heading sensor to meet Navy towed array requirements.

Scalable Continuous Chemical Process for Size Controlled Synthesis of Metal Sulfide Nanopowders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jane Rempel, Sr. Technologist
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
TIAX will develop and implement an economical continuous solvathermal process for large scale production of narrowly dispersed pure ZnS nanopowders for use in ceramic IR transparent missile domes. The process will generate large quantities of metal sulfide nanoparticles with minimal degree of… More

Periscope Antenna Active Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mo Rajaee, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
The increased complexity of periscope antennas requires the need for advanced cooling methods capable of reaching 20oC and extracting 150-200 watts of thermal load, while fitting in the tight confines of a periscope base. Current convective and conductive cooling approaches have proved inadequate at… More

High-Efficiency Common Heat Source for Field Food Service Equipment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jayanti Sinha, Associate Principal Engin
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
The current common heat source for Marine Corps food service equipment is the Babington Airtronic burner, fielded first in the TRHS in 1996, and later in the M-59, FSU and EFK. A modern, highly fuel-efficient, common heat source is needed that can augment or replace the current burner system. The… More

Safe Designs for Large, High Energy Lithium-ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Christopher McCoy, Principal
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
TIAX LLC will develop technology to enhance safety and minimize risks from very large lithium-ion cells subject to internal short circuits. Enhanced safety for very large lithium-ion cells, e.g. >100 Ah, is vital for enabling implementation of extremely high energy content lithium-ion batteries,… More

Recovery Act - Innovative Phase Change Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mildred Hastbacka, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,799.00
Abstract:
The problem addressed by the proposed project is the poor flame performance of organic phase change materials (PCMs) for thermal energy storage (TES) and peak load shifting. This poor flame performance has been a major factor limiting the commercial adoption of organic PCMs for TES in building… More

Efficient Extraction of Oil from Microalgae

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Jayanti Sinha, Associate Principal
Award Amount: $94,997.00
Abstract:
Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuels because of their high oil content, excellent CO2 capture, and ability to use brackish water and non-arable land. The extraction of oil from algae represents a challenging cost barrier to commercial biofuel production. Conventional… More

Implantation, Activation, Characterization and Prevention/Mitigation of Internal Short Circuits in Lithium-Ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Suresh Sriramulu, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,746.00
Abstract:
For lithium-ion battery-based HEVs and PHEVs to become commercially viable, occurrences of rare but violent spontaneous field failures of lithium-ion cells must be prevented. We are developing a methodology to reliably and reproducibly implant and activate internal short circuits of the type… More

Development of a New Collection Methodology for Low Volatility Chemicals from Porous Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Daniel Ehntholt
Award Amount: $749,903.00
Abstract:
In this effort, TIAX LLC will complete development of an innovative combination of commercially available materials that will permit the efficient and reproducible extraction, collection, concentration, recovery and analysis of low volatility chemicals from porous surfaces such as concrete, painted… More

Detection of Counterfeit Commodity Goods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: John F. Martin
Award Amount: $99,944.44
Abstract:
The program will provide methods for detection of counterfeit consumer goods along the entire supply chain. In Phase I, key stakeholders in federal agencies will share their knowledge and describe the critical requirements necessary for successful detection techniques. An inventory of high… More

Cylindrical Geometry Energy Storage Cooling Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Director – (781) 879-1269
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
Electrical energy storage devices e.g., rechargeable batteries, ultracapacitors, flywheels all suffer some level of energy conversion loss as they are charged and discharged. Lithium-ion and other lithium-based rechargeable batteries lose electrical energy to IR voltage loss as current flows… More

Scroll Pump for Vapor Liquid Mixtures of Refrigerants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Dieckmann, Principal – (781) 879-1269
Award Amount: $999,952.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this topic is to develop a pump that can pump two-phase, liquid and vapor mixtures of common refrigerants and heat transfer fluids, without oil lubrication. The challenges of pumping in this regime are well known: Two-phase, liquid-vapor refrigerant mixtures are a mixture of… More

Visual Evoked Potentials for TBI Diagnosis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ned Sahin, Principal – (781) 879-1239
Award Amount: $149,991.00
Abstract:
War-fighters in forward combat settings are frequently exposed to concussive events (e.g., explosions, accidents, and falls), but resources for diagnosing mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) in these settings are limited. As such, soldiers with impaired cognitive states are often sent into combat… More

Affordable and Durable Flame Retardant Treatment for Military Fabrics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Brad Pindzola, Principal – (781) 879-1230
Award Amount: $499,828.00
Abstract:
TIAX proposes to continue development of a new durable flame retardant (FR) treatment for nylon/cotton (nyco) combat uniform textiles, like that used in the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU). Currently the military procures specialty FR uniforms to meet its needs. Although these uniforms… More

Detection of Counterfeit Commodity Goods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: John F. Martin, Principal Investigator – (781) 879-1278
Award Amount: $749,977.29
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, TIAX LLC developed a detection methodology that was able to measure significant differences between pairs of counterfeit and authentic products in four different product categories. Establishing the proof-of-concept of this technique creates the potential for a new… More