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Company Information:

Company Name: TPL, Inc.
City: Albuquerque
State: NM
Zip+4: 87109-4416
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.tplinc.com
Phone: (505) 342-4439

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $11,851,811.00 159
SBIR Phase II $29,458,263.00 47
STTR Phase I $609,932.00 7
STTR Phase II $1,248,297.00 2

Award List:

3157 February 6, 1997 SatCon Technology Corporation The inherent limitation of chemical batteries to store and release energy has proven to be the most significant obstacle in the commercialization of hybrid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: H.m. Stoller , President
Award Amount: $50,000.00

3157 February 6, 1997 SatCon Technology Corporation The inherent limitation of chemical batteries to store and release energy has proven to be the most significant obstacle in the commercialization of hybrid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: H.m. Stoller , President
Award Amount: $498,763.00
Abstract:
hybrid electric vehicles. While flywheel energy storage systems present viable alternatives, high power densities can only be achieved by high speed operation. This project will develop a motor alternator for an efficient, low-cost, high speed flywheel system with the overall goal of producing a… More

AN ADVANCED RAPID INITIATION PROPAGATION IGNITOR SYSTEM FOR LOVA PROPELLANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark l perry
Award Amount: $49,229.00
Abstract:
Rapid initiated propagation (rip) ignitors provide more uniform flame spreading through propellant beds through cylindrical wave expansion accompanied by reduced expansion effects on the pressure pulse. improvements in rip ignitor performance are possible through: increases in primer charge density,… More

AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO THE CORRELATION OF INSENSITIVE MUNITIONS TESTS TO CARD GAP VALUES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark L Perry
Award Amount: $49,950.00
Abstract:
Card gap tests are the hazard standards by which energetic materials are classified. the use of insensitive munitions requires performance response information to sensitivity tests such as bullet/ fragment impact and shock impact. no correlation methods exist between card gap tests and sensitivity… More

IDENTIFICATION OF IGNITION CRITERIA FOR LOW VULNERABILITY AMMUNITION (LOVA) PROPELLANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark L Perry
Award Amount: $49,832.00
Abstract:
Lova propellants are designed to resist thermal threats, thus increasing weapon systems survivability. the resultants characteristics make these materials difficult to ignite with conventional materials, resulting in variable performance. lack of a reliable igniter system threatens deployment of… More

THE USE OF RECLAIMED PBX MATERIALS AS BLASTING AGENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark L Perry
Award Amount: $49,922.00

THE USE OF RECLAIMED PBX MATERIALS AS BLASTING AGENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark L Perry
Award Amount: $521,200.00
Abstract:
Ordnance reclamation activities result in a surplus of plastic bonded explosives (pbxs). as currently formulated, these materials are too energetic for commercial blasting applications. pbxs could be modified through the use of low density fillers to generate appropriate explosive characteristics.… More

AN ULTRA FAST SCINTILLATOR FOR WELL LOGGING APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Because of their long decay times, scintillators in neutron logging tools are responsive primarily to the gamma radiation from the neutron capture spectum. this inhibits porosity measurements in gas-filled zones and substantially limits the elemental information on the strata which can be acquired.… More

A HIGH ADHERENCE CERAMIC COATING FOR EROSION RESISTANT APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: H M Stoller
Award Amount: $60,292.00
Abstract:
Wood and resin matrix composite propellers for unmanned air vehicles suffer unacceptable erosion damage due to liquid and solid impact. polymeric protective coatings are ineffective in solid particle environments. the broad damage area of propellers makes metallic protective coatings, such as have… More

A HIGH SPEED, HIGH EFFICIENCY PROTON RECOIL SCINTILLATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Timothy C Tiernan , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Many varieties of proton recoil scintillators are currently available for fast neutron spectroscopy. virtually all of them employ carbon-based organic scintillators because of the relatively high proportion of hydrogen contained by these materials. a silicon-based liquid scintillator that has the… More

A NEW HIGH ENERGY RADIATION DETECTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Richard W Brotzman , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Many types of radiation detectors are available for nuclear physics research. none of them have combined characteristics of extremely fast response, good energy resolution, and adaptable detector geometry. a detector with these properties could provide the key for significant advancements in nuclear… More

AEROGEL PROCESSING OF CERAMIC COMPOSITE MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,099.00
Abstract:
Bioregenerative processes stress membrane performance requirements, increasing the need for a viable ceramic membrane technology. sol-gel derived membranes that are processed by supercritical fluid extraction (aerogel) techniques offer the potential of net-shaped, low-cost fabrication, with precise… More

ORGANIC CONTAMINANT MONITOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,789.00
Abstract:
Acoustic place mode (apm) devices are extremely sensitive to small mass changes at their surfaces (ng/cm2) when immersed in liquids. combined with a properly derivatized surface, they are capable of detecting trace organic constituents in water. an apm device sensor with a plasma polymerized surface… More

SOL-GEL COATING FOR PROTECTION OF IMPLANT DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Harold Stoller
Award Amount: $46,512.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is the development of a sol-gel derived, ceramic-like coating for the hermetic protection of microelectronic implant devices. our phase i objective is to evaluate anomalously low surface area a12o3/sio2 composition for this application. specific aims are to determine… More

IMPROVED DYE LASER PUMP SOURCE FOR PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Brotzman, Richard W , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of the program is the development of a continuous wave, high power nitrogen laser. the development of such a laser as a pump source for dye lasers used in photo-dynamic therapy will significantly increase the power levels achieved with such laser systems and more readily extend this cancer… More

DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTIPLE FRACTURE CREATION PROCESS OF USE IN HORIZONTALLY DRILLED WELLS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark L Perry , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTIPLE FRACTURE CREATION PROCESS OF USE IN HORIZONTALLY DRILLED WELLS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark L Perry , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Although the subject of an extensive technology development program, processes to create multiple fractures have found limited commercial success as a method for stimulating oil and gas wells. it is hypothesized that an inaccurate designmethodology and improper interpretation of demonstration field… More

A NON-INVASIVE ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR PROCESS CONTROL IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Many industrial processes are not controlled in real time because they lack control sensors and systems suitable for use in extremely harsh environments. neutron activation analysis (naa) is a non-invasive technique that exposes a sample to neutrons and examines the gamma rays emitted as a result of… More

A HIGH YIELD SYNTHESIS PROCESS FOR AMMONIUM DINITRAMIDE (ADN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Chapman
Award Amount: $57,105.00
Abstract:
Ammonium dinitramide (adn) was invented at sri international (menlo park, ca) in 1989. its discovery is significant in that theoretical calculations predict it to exhibit better performance as an advanced ordnance material than most classical nitramine ingredients. a problem with adn at the outset… More

A NOVEL CERAMIC, THIN FILM COATING AS A MOISTURE BARRIER FOR AMMUNITION CONTAINERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $53,837.00
Abstract:
Current moisture barriers for ammunition containers consist of layers of asphalt impregnated paper and aluminum foil. aluminum foil is noted for its pinhole leaks. moisture will diffuse through asphalt impregnated paper. consequently, moisture-induced corrosion of ammunition and degradation of fuze… More

IMPROVED PYROTECHNIC COMPOSITIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE AMMUNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: H. M. Stoller
Award Amount: $56,437.00
Abstract:
The newest small arms systems, 5.56 mm squad automatic weapon, with its tracer cartridge has unacceptable daylight luminosity levels. anticipated future subcaliber systems, with higher spin rates, faster velocities, and small orifices, will present even more challenging problems to pyrotechnic… More

Surface Treatment for Graphite Fiber Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W. Brotzman, Phd
Award Amount: $56,610.00
Abstract:
High performance graphite/resin composites have not realized their potential because they have poor interface-dependent mechanical properties that degrade by as much as 65% under hot-wet conditions. An RF-plasma/wet-chemistry fiber surface treatment is proposed to establish covalent bonding between… More

High Energy Density Storage Polymers for Capacitive Stores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard Brotzman, Phd
Award Amount: $56,020.00
Abstract:
The development of capacitor stores are dependent upon advances in low loss, high energy/high power density storage materials. A unique polymer material is proposed as a high energy density storage material. The molecular structure of the polymer will be engineered to achieve a high, nonlinear… More

A NEW HIGH Z, EXTREMELY FAST SCINTILLATOR FOR PET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Richard W Brotzman
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Positron emmission tomography (pet) is one of the most promising technologies for detailed imaging of organ structure and dynamic biological processes in the body. one of the most important factors determining the performance capabilities of pet systems is the characteristics of the radiation… More

AN EROSION RESISTANT BLADE COATING FOR THE T64 ENGINE COMPRESSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard W. Brotzman, Jr.
Award Amount: $54,391.00
Abstract:
1Titanium compressor blades suffer unacceptable erosion damage to solid impact. Polymeric protective coatings are ineffective in solid particle environments and are unable to withstand the high temperature environment of the T64 engine compressor. The broad damage area of compressor blades makes… More

HIGH SENSITIVITY HYDRAZINE/N2O4 DETECTOR SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ronald E. Allred
Award Amount: $49,983.00

Military Qualification of Reclaimed Explosives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: H. M. Stoller
Award Amount: $55,852.00

A PORTABLE IMAGING SYSTEM FOR NONDESTRUCTIVE EXAMINATION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT COMPONENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NRC
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,999.00

Miniature, Ultrasensitive, Solid State Sensor for Atomic Oxygen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $47,547.00

A NONLINEAR, HIGH ENERGY DENSITY DIELECTRIC MATERIAL SYSTEM FOR DISCHARGE CAPACITORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $50,000.00

CO2 SENSOR SYSTEM FOR LONG-TERM OCEAN MONITORING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy C. Tiernan , Senior Science
Award Amount: $50,000.00

THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN SCB DETONATOR FOR FUZING, SAFE, AND ARM SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: H. M. Staller
Award Amount: $56,469.00

A NONLINEAR, HIGH ENERGY DENSITY DIELECTRIC MATERIAL SYSTEM FOR DISCHARGE CAPACITORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $490,212.00
Abstract:
Current capacitor systems are materials limited. current materials have low energy storage densities and are generally larger, heavy, and difficult to maintain. a synthetic program is proposed to "molecularly engineer" an organic/inorganic graft coplymer material to have high, nonlinear dielectric… More

Miniature, Ultrasensitive, Solid State Sensor for Atomic Oxygen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $568,486.00
Abstract:
An extremely sensitive, low power, high durability solid state atomic oxygen sensor system with the potential for cost effective fabrication is proposed. It should lead to 1) improved understanding of the levels of atomic oxygen encountered during space missions; 2)quantification of the effects of… More

THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN SCB DETONATOR FOR FUZING, SAFE, AND ARM SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: H. M. Staller
Award Amount: $751,582.00
Abstract:
The scb detonator has shown significant improvements in narrowing the "all-fire/no fire" band and in decreasing function action time. weapons implementation has been inhibited by lack of experience with this new technology and several materials problems. a need exists to resolve these problems;… More

Process Development for a New Oxidizer for Navy Missile Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert D. Chapman
Award Amount: $54,357.00
Abstract:
This process development for nitrogen pentoxide is directed toward improvements in ammonium dinitramide (ADN) production. ADN is " a new candidate propellant oxidizer... for low signature propellants." Thus improvements in a production process for acid-free nitrogen pentoxide, required in the… More

A Metallic Fuel-Reinforced Explosive for Improved Mechanical properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: H.m. Stoller
Award Amount: $66,160.00
Abstract:
Explosives with improved mechanical properties are needed in high performance penetrator warheads to overcome the degradation effects of the impact-generated stress waves on explosive performance. The use of the metallic fuel, either in fiber or open-cell foam form, as a reinforcement agent is… More

Novel Synthesis of Cubane Precursors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert D. Chapman
Award Amount: $71,802.00
Abstract:
The most important objective of the Phase I program is to identify an improved preparation of a cubane derivative, preferably a cubanedicarboxylate derivative. The innovative routes proposed herein will demonstrate a synthesis of cubanedicarboxylic ester possibly in two steps - from a commercial… More

Radiation Hard Detector Array for Visible Light, Gamma Rays and

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $60,165.00
Abstract:
NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE REQUIRED FOR THE DETECTION AND IMAGING OF VISIBLE LIGHT, GAMMA RAYS AND NEUTRONS IN HIGH RADIATION ENVIRONMENTS SUCH AS THOSE ENCOUNTERED IN SPACE. CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, CRYSTALLINE SILICON DETECTOR ARRAYS SUCH AS CHARGE COUPLED DEVICES (CCD) ARE EXTREMELY SUSCEPTIBLE TO… More

High Energy Density Polymer Capacitor Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman,
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The development of low loss, high energy/high power density storage materials is important for Army applications ranging from capacitors to pulse power component technologies. To maximize the energy density of a high energy density polymer capacitor, not only must the constituent polymer material… More

Reuse of Nitrocellulose-Based Propellants in Industrial Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: H.m. Stoller
Award Amount: $52,588.00
Abstract:
The DoD is faced with a large and growing inventory of surplus and obsolete propellants, currently in excess of 75,000 short tons. Environmental restrictions are significantly increasing incineration costs, with prohibition a potential occurrence. A need exists to develop an environmentally… More

ENERGETIC PHOSPHAZENE POLYMERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert D Chapman
Award Amount: $57,999.00
Abstract:
Ongoing DoD requirements for improved ordnance systems require novel chemical structures that can provide unique properties. A class of compounds that potentially offers unusual chemical and physical properties is the cyclic and linear polyphosphazenes. This class has received little attention,… More

BACTERIAL ENHANCEMENT OF HYPERACCUMULATORS FOR REMEDIATION OF LEAD CONTAMINATED SITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth B. Kidd
Award Amount: $54,661.00
Abstract:
The remediation of soil and water contaminated with lead and other toxic metals presents a serious challenge to known cleanup methods. Ex situ remediation of some metal contaminated sites has been demonstrated on a small scale using specially adapted microbes, but removal of the contaminated soil… More

AN INVESTIGATION OF SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY FOR A 20MM RADHAZ SAFE PRIMER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: H. M. Stoller
Award Amount: $57,808.00
Abstract:
The M52 primer used in 20 MM ammunition presents a radiation hazard in the intense elctromagnetic environment encountered aboard Navy ships. Shields or attenuators are not feasible for small components such as the M52. Semiconductor technology for RF-resistant primer device applications is a… More

Development of Non-Lethal Weapon Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: H.m. Stoller
Award Amount: $55,667.00
Abstract:
There is groqing interest in non-lethal weapons. Minimization of U.S. forces and non-combatant casualties are primary personnel considerations. Other targets of interest include sensors, electronic systems, thermal sights, missile seekers, missile guidance, and TV's. Previous non-lethal weapon… More

SENSITIVE SOLID STATE SENSOR FOR WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy C Tiernan
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
An extremely sensitive, low power, high durability solid state sensor system for field analysis of groundwater pollution is being studied. it will result in an important new capability for locating and monitoring trace organic species in the groundwaterenvironment. the objectives of the project are… More

COVALENT BONDING AGENT FOR CERAMIC COATINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kenneth B Kidd
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Ceramics are attractive as protective barrier coatings. this is especially true for sol-gel-derived coatings because of their relatively mild processing conditions. a fundamental problem in all ceramic coating applications is adherence of the coating to the substrate. chemical inertness of the… More

Evaluation of heat damage in carbon/epoxy composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman,
Award Amount: $56,377.00

Ultra-high Dielectric Constant Dielectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $74,719.00

TNAZ Formulations with Enhanced Energetic Output

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert D. Chapman
Award Amount: $56,898.00

CO2 SENSOR SYSTEM FOR LONG-TERM OCEAN MONITORING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy C. Tiernan , Senior Science
Award Amount: $294,822.00
Abstract:
A large uncertainty exists concerning the quantitative ability of the oceans to take up anthropogenic co2. a more complete understanding of the relationship between ocean andatmospheric chemistries would broaden the ability of scienceto predict the magnitude and rate of global warming so that… More

Military Qualification of Reclaimed Explosives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: H. M. Stoller
Award Amount: $374,850.00
Abstract:
Disposal of surplus explosives is a major problem due to lack of storage space, environmental restrictions on OB/OD, and expected increase in active program retirements due to military downsizing. Military use of reclaimed explosives is an attractive alternative, with major cost benefits, but is… More

A PORTABLE IMAGING SYSTEM FOR NONDESTRUCTIVE EXAMINATION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT COMPONENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NRC
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $175,738.00
Abstract:
The difficulty in predicting structural degradation rates for nuclear power plant components due to corrosion and other factors has led to the need for costly, time consuming inspections and increased cost from intentionally overdesigned components. the situation indicates a serious, unmet need for… More

Reagent for N-NO2 Scission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert D. Chapman
Award Amount: $76,431.00
Abstract:
The most important objective of the Phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of certain partially reduced organic hydrogen transfer regents to effect N-NO2 scission, as described in the Phase I work plan. The product of this denitration transformation would be an environmentally benign… More

CFC CONVERSION BY RF PLASMA POLYMERIZATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Robert D Chapman
Award Amount: $64,954.00
Abstract:
An innovative alternative to conventional approaches toward chlorofluorocarbon and halon destruction (such as oxidative thermal processes) is based on application of the technology of radiofrequency (rf) glow discharge plasma treatments of organic materials to cfcs and halons. in order to expand on… More

HEAVY METAL REMEDIATION OF SOIL USING PERMEABLE CHELATION BARRIERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Franklin O Kroh
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
Remediation of soil and groundwater to reduce heavy metal contaminants to background levels poses a serious challenge. conventional methods are able to reduce contamination levels, but total remediation, defined as achievement of background levels of the metal, may not be economically feasible. a… More

Insert Hearing Protector with Communications Enhancement for High Intensity Impulse Noise Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W. Cutler
Award Amount: $69,996.00

High-Energy Super Capacitors from Molecularly Engineered Composite Dielectrics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Evaluation of heat damage in carbon/epoxy composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman,
Award Amount: $275,010.00
Abstract:
A filter is required to remove airborne contaminants from the intake air in small displacement diesel engines. The filtration system must be simple, lightweight, and produce negligible pressure drops across the air intake. The filter will be fabricated by sol-gel techniques using a patent pending… More

TNAZ Formulations with Enhanced Energetic Output

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert D. Chapman
Award Amount: $590,119.00
Abstract:
1,3,3-Trinitroazetidine (TNAZ) exhibits some unusual and potentially valuable properties for explosives applications. Objectives of Phase I program include the selection of candidate energetic formulations using computational methods. A technical prerequisite to performing valid computations fo… More

Insert Hearing Protector with Communications Enhancement for High Intensity Impulse Noise Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W. Cutler
Award Amount: $599,746.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in electronics and signal processing algorithms have yielded a variety of possibilities for enhancing hearing. These advances are both in the equipment and signal processing algorithm areas. Miniaturized microphones and audio transducers with excellent frequency response have… More

Innovative Materials for Navy Piers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kristen Law
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
A new, one-step pozzolanic cement patch with materials properties superior to those of current materials used in portland cement patching will be developed. Specific improvements include a 5-fold increase in compressive strength, greater corrosion resistance over traditional cement-based patching… More

A Beamforming, Acoustic Target Tracking and Classification System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W. Cutler
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Operation of heavy equipment results in the generation of high sound levels. These sounds (exhaust from diesel or turbine engines, clatter of vehicle parts and cargo, movement of joints, etc.), when taken together result in a characteristic acoustic signature. Depending on terrain and… More

Durable Anti-Reflective Coatings for Complex Curved Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
Anti-reflective (AR) coatings are needed for modernized aircraft cockpits utilizing digital electronic color displays. Presently, the effectiveness of the displays are limited by undesirable reflections on interior window surface, making viewing nearly impossible. A protected sol-gel ceramic AR… More

Low Collateral Damage Electromagnetic Pulse Non-Lethal Weapon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Schilling
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
Low collateral damage/less than lethal weapons systems would make a valuable contribution to both the military and civilian law enforcement agencies. A non-lethal weapon has a use in the expanded operations of the Army which include peacekeeping missions, riot control, and assistance to nations in… More

Fibrous Oxide Electrode Materials For High Energy Density, Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Catherine E. Rice , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

PULSED POWER TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Kirk M. Slenes
Award Amount: $64,797.00

Ultra-high Dielectric Constant Dielectric Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Richard W. Brotzman
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
NON-NUCLEAR APPROACHES ARE SOUGHT FOR HIGH ENERGY DENSITIES FOR SPACE POWER SYSTEMS. ONE CRITICAL COMPONENT TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IS CAPACITOR STORES. THESE ARE DEPENDENT UPON ADVANCES IN LOW LOSS, HIGH ENERGY/HIGH POWER DENSITY STORAGE MATERIALS. A UNIQUE INORGANIC COMPOSITE IS PROPOSED… More

Reclamation Reuse of Pyrotechnic Ingredients

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Schilling
Award Amount: $65,054.00
Abstract:
The Navy has over 14,000 tons of pyrotechnic flares and smoke munitions forecasted to enter the Resource Recovery and Disposition stockpile by FY 2001. Disposal of pyrotechnics is now limited to open burning by controlled incineration. Processes to demil these munitions while recovering Valuable… More

Volatile Non-Toxic Compounds as Fuel Combustion Inhibitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Franklin O. Kroh
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Weapon payloads are needed to degrade an adversary's military capability while minimizing the destructive effect on civilian populations. A payload which inhibits operation of internal combustion engines while having no destructive impact on human beings would meet a variety of non-lethal weapon… More

Low Cost, Sensor System for Real-Time Detection of Explosives, Poison Gases, and Other Personnel Hazards

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Chuanjing Xu
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Events including the Oklahoma CIty bombing and the Sarin attack in the Tokyo subway have emphasized the vulnerability of personnel, both military and civilian, to unexpected attack with conventional explosives and chemical substances. To combat this threat requires portable, low cost sensor systems… More

Practical, Cost-Effective, Nondestructive Evaluation Technique for Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William F. Hartman, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $72,000.00
Abstract:
The mechanical characteristics of advanced composite materials are strongly affected by physical parameters such as ply orientation, thickness of the layers, and homogeneity of the fibers. Although proper material integrity is critical for performance, many factors influencing mechanical… More

Highly Branched, Lightly Crosslinked, Solid Polymer Electrolytes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. Mark F. Welker , Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $74,992.00
Abstract:
40690 TPL, Inc. This project will develop a novel solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that will significantly increase the practical power and energy density of state-of-the-art secondary lithium batteries. The approach will yield carbosilane-based electrolytes with high conductivities and low… More

SBIR PHASE I: Self-Patterning Process for Conductive Oxide Contacts for Ferroelectric Thin Film Memory Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Catherine Rice
Award Amount: $75,000.00

Rugged, Hermetically-Sealed Vertical-Cavity, Surface-Emitting Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kristen Law , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $200,000.00

Sol-Gel Derived Optical Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Douglas J. Taylor
Award Amount: $95,176.00

Metal-Binding Silica Materials for Wastewater Cleanup

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Franklin O. Kroh , Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $74,999.00

CHEMICALLY MODIFIED ELECTRODES FOR IMPROVED CAPACITY AND LIFE IN RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Catherine E. Rice , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,995.00

SBIR PHASE I: High Performance Nondestructive Evaluation System Using a Giant Magnetoresistance Sensor Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $75,000.00

Inorganic Confromal Coatings for SIC Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Taylor
Award Amount: $59,993.00

Inorganic Confromal Coatings for SIC Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Taylor
Award Amount: $700,000.00
Abstract:
Glass is an attractive material for microelectronic packaging because it is hermetically sealing, has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, and is compatible with d.c. circuits. Unfortunately, the working temperature of glass is too high for this application. Low-temperature processing of a… More

Sol-Gel Derived Optical Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Douglas J. Taylor
Award Amount: $746,675.00
Abstract:
The need exists for easily deposited optical coatings with flexible features for longer wavelength systems. Coating systems that perform more than one function reduce design complexity and cost of fabrication. TPL proposes innovative, multi-component sol-gel processing to produce optical coatings… More

Low Temperature Processing of Boron Carbide Cement Composite for Tough, Wear Resistant Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kris Law
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Natural materials such as tooth, bone or shell consist of a high volume fraction of ceramic grains coated by thin layers of proteinaceous film. The ceramic grains are grown in situ in a pre-formed organic polymer matrix. The organic portion provides high toughness, while the ceramic component… More

Polymer Infiltration/Pyrolysis Processing of TMD Missile Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stuart T. Schwab, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $69,042.00
Abstract:
The proposed research is directed toward demonstrating the feasibility of manufacturing refractory matrix continuous fiber-reinforced ceramic composites (RM-CFCCs) by Polymer Infiltration/Pyrolysis (PIP) processing. RM-CFCCs are currently produced only by Chemical Vapor Infiltration (CVI) which is… More

Porous Sol-Gel Derived Ceramic Release Agent

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Patrick F. Fleig
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Breathable release coatings that can withstand processing conditions up to 750F are needed for use on ceramic tooling. In situ removal of volatiles in solvent-based composite processing is a critical issue that will enable production of high quality parts at lower cost per part. Current release… More

Development of Safe, Effective Difluoramination Reagents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark Welker
Award Amount: $59,992.00
Abstract:
Rocket motors that develop greater thrust with lower weight and volume require-ments are an ever present goal of the BMDO. One method of providing this is through formulation of higher energy propellant mixtures. TPL proposes to develop a new method of effectively producing new high perfor-mance… More

Metal-Binding Silica Materials for Wastewater Cleanup

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Franklin O. Kroh , Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
41242 TPL, Inc. A number of industrial processes generate wastewater with heavy metal contamination. Existing cleanup processes have difficulties in achieving low metal contamination levels, especially in the presence of competing nontoxic ions, high ionic strengths, and particulate matter; costs… More

Silica Materials for Mercury Recovery From Wastewater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Franklin O. Kroh
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A number of industrial processes generate wastewater with mercury contamination. Existing cleanup processes have difficulties in achieving low mercury discharge limits, especially in the presence of competing metal ions already below their discharge limits. Commercial ion exchange media are not… More

SBIR Phase I: Acoustic Beamforming for Process Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: David Cutler
Award Amount: $74,993.00

SBIR PHASE I: High Performance Nondestructive Evaluation System Using a Giant Magnetoresistance Sensor Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $300,000.00

Micron-Sized Fibrous Oxide Electrode Materials For High Energy Density, Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark F. Welker , ADVANCED SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $69,994.00

Barium Titanate/Polymer Nanoscale Composites with Controllable Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Erik P. Luther , Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50987-98-I Barium Titanate/Polymer Nanoscale Composites with Controllable Architectures--TPL, Inc, 3921 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-4416; (505) 342-4414 Dr. Erik P. Luther, Principal Investigator Dr. William F. Hartman, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-98ER82699 Amount:… More

Fusion Materials & Components, Subtopic a. Structural Materials & Insulating Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stuart T. Schwab , Supervisor, Speciality
Award Amount: $74,998.00
Abstract:
50306-98-I Fusion Materials & Components, Subtopic a. Structural Materials & Insulating Coatings--TPL, Inc, 3921 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-4416; (505) 342-4414 Dr. Stuart T. Schwab, Principal Investigator Dr. William F. Hartman, Business Official DOE Grant No.… More

Micromachined Silicon Sensor for DNA Sequencing by Hybridization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Larry J. Kepley , Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $74,996.00
Abstract:
50363-98-I Micromachined Silicon Sensor for DNA Sequencing by Hybridization--TPL, Inc, 3921 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-4416; (505) 342-4414 Dr. Larry J. Kepley, Principal Investigator Dr. William F. Hartman, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-98ER82698 Amount: … More

Ultra Sensitive Integrated Magnetic Field Sensors for Fuze Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W. Cutler
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Military ordinance is becoming increasingly sophisticated to upgrade safety and accuracy. Improved environmental sensors are needed to address these issues. A positive indicator of safe separation would materially enhance safing mechanisms. Effective ordinance range would be extended if… More

Advanced Method for Manufacturing Erosion Resistant Gun Barrels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Schilling
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The complexities of barrel erosion are manifested in thermal, mechanical, and chemical interactions. Gun tubes made from refractory metals have excellent barrel erosion resistance, but are costly to manufacture. A need exists for an economical technique to line gun barrels with erosion and wear… More

High Performance, cost Effective Surface mapping System for Complex Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Timothy C. Tiernan
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
All of the critical elements for fast, inexpensive, 3-dimensional CT are sufficiently mature that a high performance surface mapping system for reverse engineering should now be feasible. TPL is developing a cone beam CT system based on a large, two dimensional detector array with 1900 x 1500… More

High Performance Materials for Integrated Capacitance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kristen J. Law
Award Amount: $64,994.00
Abstract:
Current trends towards miniaturization and increased performance of consumer electronics are requiring higher component densities in printed circuit boards. Microprocessors speeds are currently limited by inefficiencies in interconnects between the processor and supporting discrete devices such as… More

Manufacturing Techniques for Red Phosphorus Powder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew W. Cain
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Reducing the particle size of red phosphorus may increase its fire retardancy by an order of magnitude. The Navy requires five-micron red phosphorus. Current European production yields thirty-micron phosphorus; there is no commercial production in America. Once produced, further size reduction… More

A Magnetoresistive, Remote-Field Eddy-Current Probe for Use with the Boeing MAUS III Scanner

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Boltz, Phd
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Remote-field eddy-current techniques offer a powerful tool for the detection of deeply-buried damage in aging aircraft. Coil -based system, however, have poop sensitivity to the low frequencies used in remote-field measurements. What is needed is a remote field probe that utilizes a superior… More

Nano-Particle Coating Technology -- Development and Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Erik Luther
Award Amount: $99,963.00
Abstract:
Research into the energetic reaction of aluminum and TeflonTM nanoparticles was initiated at the Wright Laboratory Armament Directorate. A coating system to improve the handlability of nanosized aluminum powders and a model of the reaction mechanism was requested. The true thermodynamic nature of… More

Low-Cost, Partially Fluorinated Nanostructured Polymer for PEM Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,994.00

SYSTEM FOR INSITU CHARACTERIZATION OF SYNTHETIC MEMBRANE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Tiernan, Timothy C
Award Amount: $99,998.00

New Lithium-Conducting, Solid-Polymer Electrolytes Containing Nanosized Ion Channels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,994.00

SBIR Phase I: Photodefinable, Integrated, High Capacitance Composites for MCM-L Type Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kristen Law
Award Amount: $99,995.00

GENOSENSOR DESIGN BASED ON FLEXURAL PLATE WAVE DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: State University of New York
Principal Investigator: Kepley
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A

A Continuous Rod Electromagnetically Pulsed Warhead

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tom Schilling
Award Amount: $99,994.00

Novel Composite Dielectrics for High Energy Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes MS
Award Amount: $64,994.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kristen Law
Award Amount: $399,995.00

Fabrication of Digital Microthruster Components from Refractory Ceramics using Soft Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles E Lakeman
Award Amount: $99,997.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W Cutler
Award Amount: $749,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J Schilling
Award Amount: $750,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kristen J Law
Award Amount: $749,998.00

Polymer Infiltration/Pyrolysis Processing of Fiber-Reinforced UHTCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Stuart T. Schwab, Ph.D., Manager, Specialty Mtls. Dept.
Award Amount: $69,994.00

Photo-Patternable Electrodes for Ferroelectric Memory Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman
Award Amount: $99,997.00

RAPID, DIGITAL XRAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Timothy C. Tiernan
Award Amount: $99,996.00

Ultra Low Loss RF Windo Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Not Available Aircraft-turbine-engine operation can greatly benefit from the development of sensors and actuators (pressure sensors, flow controllers, etc) that can withstand the gigh-temperature environment at various close-in locations. In this Phase I proposal, ISSI, in collaboration with the… More

Fabrication of Digital Microthruster Components from Refractory Ceramics using Soft Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles D. E. Lakeman
Award Amount: $749,982.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
Principal Investigator: Charles D.E. Lakeman, Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Paul G. Clem

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kirk M. Slenes, M.S., Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,996.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Franklin Kroh, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,997.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Tuqiang Chen, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Boltz, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $119,993.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Frank Keys, Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Randal Johnson, Senior Chemist
Award Amount: $99,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kirk M. Slenes
Award Amount: $99,998.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Eric Boltz
Award Amount: $99,998.00

Spinel Armor-Clearly More Cost Effective

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan, Director, Instrumentation
Award Amount: $729,998.00
Abstract:
The proposed biosensor will combine the selectivity of immobilized oligonucleotideprobes and the rapid and efficient collection capability of porous silicon membraneswith the mass sensitivity (picogram) of ultrasonic microelectronic devices. TPL hasdemonstrated methods to form funtionalized porous… More

Material Technology for Thermal Management of Gun Barrels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Tom Schilling, Mgr Research & Dev
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Mortar tube erosion is the result of thermal and chemical interactions between the tube materials and the propellant combustion gases. A well-engineered material system could manage the thermal conditions inside the tube, reduce the erosion, and decreasethe tube weight. TPL proposes to use… More

Synthesis of New Solid Polymer Electrolytes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Tuqiang Chen, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
60550 The chemical and thermal instabilities of liquid electrolytes have hampered the performance of lithium batteries in terms of power and energy density, cycle and self life, and safety. While solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have the potential to overcome these problems, some of their… More

Synthesis of New Solid Polymer Electrolytes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Tuqiang Chen, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60550 The chemical and thermal instabilities of liquid electrolytes have hampered the performance of lithium batteries in terms of power and energy density, cycle and self life, and safety. While solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have the potential to overcome these problems, some of their… More

SBIR Phase I: Machine Vision System for Automated Imaging and Process Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop an entirely new form of machine vision technology for process control during the manufacture of precision metal components. The technology will be based on a two-dimensional array of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) sensor… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Douglas Taylor
Award Amount: $99,512.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop integrated optical amplifier/splitters through direct writing of sol-gel-derived, erbium-doped coatings. Since optical signals decrease with transmission and manipulation, amplifiers are required. Current designs involve… More

Prediction of Hyperbaric Oxygen Seizures Using Neural Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Catherine Malins, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity is critical to understand the safety of energetic materials. ESD ignition of CHNO materials is discernable by a flash, smoke, or audible report. For a small class of reactive materials, e.g., metals andmetalloids or metals and binders, the current ESD test… More

Novel Micro-Supercapacitors""

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"There is a continuing revolution in micro-systems toward increased speed and capability combined with smaller size. As system sizes decrease, the need for power systems of similarly small physical size emerges as a critical need. MEMS batteries areavailable as surface area devices, but their… More

Electronics and Superconductivity Integrated Passive Components via Soft Lithography""

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"As the number of passive components in electronic circuits increases, new interconnect technologies, such as embedded passives, are under development to optimize utilization of board real estate. For embedded passives, dimensional accuracy translates intocontrol over component values, and so there… More

SBIR/STTR Phase II: Laser Direct-Writing Technique to Produce Integrated Optical Amplifier/Splitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Douglas Taylor
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Phase II project will continue the successful work from the Phase I project and develop integrated amplifier/splitters through laser direct writing of wet-chemically derived, erbium-doped coatings. Precursor solutions will be mixed on the molecular level… More

SBIR/STTR Phase II: Laser Direct-Writing Technique to Produce Integrated Optical Amplifier/Splitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Douglas Taylor
Award Amount: $499,998.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Phase II project will continue the successful work from the Phase I project and develop integrated amplifier/splitters through laser direct writing of wet-chemically derived, erbium-doped coatings. Precursor solutions will be mixed on the molecular level… More

High Density Resistor Arrays via Soft Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Lakeman
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will research passive components in electronic circuits increases, new interconnect technologies, such as embedded passives, are under development to optimize utilization of board real estate. For embedded passives, dimensional accuracy… More

Fully Integrated, Single-Chip, Amplified Optical Splitter""

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Doug J. Taylor, Project Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
"Optical components are where electronics were 50 years ago in that devices are discrete. To advance optical networks and systems, low-cost integration of optical functions is necessary. Integrated optical systems will lower costs and increase performance,helping to achieve true optical computing. … More

Rapid, Specific, Sensor System for Pathogens in Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Timothy C. Tiernan
Award Amount: $69,046.00
Abstract:
There is an important need for a water-monitoring technology that is capable of detecting a wide range of microbial and viral pathogens and their toxins. TPL, Inc., proposes an instrument system that could be used both in the laboratory or in the field for analyzing water quality for a wide range of… More

Magnetic Field Imaging System for NDE of Subsurface Flaws on Aircraft""

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tim Tiernan, Director
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
TPL proposes an entirely new form of imaging technology for NDE of metallic aircraft components. The imaging technology is based on an array of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) sensors that can produce high resolution images of hidden flaws, corrosion,missing parts, and other defects.Minute GMR… More

Barrel Coating and Liners for Extended Barrel Life

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert F. Lowey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
"Gun barrel erosion is due to thermo-chemical reactions. Modern propellants are highly corrosive and burn at ever-higher temperatures. Refractory metals have been demonstrated to resist thermo-chemical reactions better than any other available coating orliner. The problem has been in keeping the… More

SBIR/STTR Phase II: Machine Vision System for Automated Imaging and Process Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop an entirely new form of machine vision technology for process control of metallic components. The technology is based on an array of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) sensors that produce high-resolution images of hidden… More

SBIR/STTR Phase II: Machine Vision System for Automated Imaging and Process Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Tiernan
Award Amount: $487,477.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop an entirely new form of machine vision technology for process control of metallic components. The technology is based on an array of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) sensors that produce high-resolution images of hidden… More

Ultrasonic Fragmentation of Cast Energetic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Randal A. Johnson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"Demilitarization of obsolete and aging munitions has slowed dramatically with the loss of open burning and open detonation options. This has created a need for a fast, efficient, environmentally acceptable alternative for explosives removal. Toalleviate this problem, TPL proposes the ultrasonic… More

Novel Hybrid Transparent Conductor for Abrasion-Resistant Windscreen Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Taylor, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
"Many modern aircraft windscreens are made of polycarbonate, which is impact resistant, but not very abrasion resistant. Furthermore, windscreens have several other, functional coating layer added to them. Since windscreens encounter harsh environments and need to be cleaned frequently, the surface… More

Volumertric Microbatteries Using Soft Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Lakeman
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop microelectronic systems that will increase speed and capability combined with smaller size. As the patterning/feature size of microelectronics continues to decrease, the need for power systems of smaller physical size emerges as a… More

SBIR Phase II: Volumetric Microbatteries Using Soft Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Lakeman
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop novel microbatteries. As microsystems emerge from the lab into applications such as implantable medical devices, smart surgical tools, and discrete, autonomous sensors, there is a critical need for power systems of a… More

SBIR Phase II: Volumetric Microbatteries Using Soft Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Lakeman
Award Amount: $499,996.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop novel microbatteries. As microsystems emerge from the lab into applications such as implantable medical devices, smart surgical tools, and discrete, autonomous sensors, there is a critical need for power systems of a… More

Nano-Supercapacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jenniffer DeGreeff, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
The ability to supply power to Nano-ElectroMechanical Systems, NEMS, sensors and actuators has been neglected. Conventional macroscopic power supplies physically dwarf NEMS devices and create interconnection and packaging problems. For example, fuel cellsand nuclear devices on a micro-scale are not… More

Barrel Coating and Liners for Extended Barrel Life

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Lowey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,988.00
Abstract:
This proposal follows a Navy SBIR Phase I effort (

Power Supply for Meso-Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Charles D. Ph.D, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,997.00
Abstract:
Wireless sensors and active r.f. ID tags have a critical need for small power supplies. TPL proposes to develop a meso-scale power system that exploits volumetric microbatteries and micro-supercapacitors to maximize energy and power densities. Thesethree-dimensional microdevices are a unique… More

Amplification of Molecular Signal Using Highly Stabilized Acoustic Wave Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Stephen Summers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
U.S. forces require rapid, early and accurate pathogen detection systems designed for use in extreme combat situations. Numerous options to deliver weaponized pathogens drives the necessity for U.S. forces to have technology to detect infectious pathogens.TPL has conceived a unique methodology for… More

Nanocomposite Dielectric Materials for High Frequency Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
72258S03-I Generation of high power electromagnetic waves requires specialized high power electronics. Specifically, high energy density capacitors are necessary to support high-energy microwave systems. Current capacitors are inefficient, resulting in a bulky and inductive power source. … More

Preparation of High Performance Nanocomposite Cathode Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Tuqiang Chen
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
73134S03-I The lithium /sulfur (Li/S) battery is one of the most promising power sources for many civilian and military applications, due to its extremely high energy density. However, the performance of current batteries (including power/energy density and cycle life) has fallen well below… More

High Energy Density Capacitive Power Source for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric P. Luther,Ph.D, Advanced Scientist
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
There is an increasing need for energy storage devices with greater energy density capabilities. While major advances are being made in dielectric polymers in this regard, demands are outrunning improvements. Composite dielectrics have shown littlepromise with the ceramic phase having only a… More

Real-Time Inspection of Fasteners in Aerospace Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Summers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
As military aircraft limits are continuously extended, there is an equivalent need to develop improved and more effective non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques for detection of flaws. This especially applies to the development of NDE techniques,which are capable of rapidly detect and visualize… More

Thick Film Waveguide for Data Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Taylor. Ph.D, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Control and guidance of modern missiles requires control signals from the guidance system be passed to the nozzle gimbal and other control surfaces. Because the guidance system and payload are typically located in the missile nose cone, a communicationsbus must run the length of the missile casing.… More

High Energy Density Capacitors for Navy Pulse Power Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF BUFFALO
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,992.00
RI Contact: W.j. Sarjeant
Abstract:
Advanced power systems for Future Naval Capability depend on capacitor banks as the first stage of pulsed power. Significant electrical energy is necessary to support a range of applications including electromagnetic armor, electromagnetic coil gun andelectro-mechanical aircraft launch systems. In… More

Durable Coating to Prevent Aircraft Icing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Taylor, Ph.D, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,994.00
Abstract:
The accretion of ice in arctic environments is an expensive problem for the power transmission and microwave industries; the military, whether on land, sea, or in the air; and airlines that operate in blizzard-like conditions. Traditional de-icingtechnology relies on chemicals to melt the accreted… More

High Energy Density Capacitor Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Slenes
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The development of high energy storage systems with reduced size and weight are important for tactical and strategic pulsed power applications such as: electric armor, electric guns, high power microwave sources and ballistic missile applications. Thedielectric energy storage density of pulsed… More

High Energy Density Capacitor Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Slenes
Award Amount: $899,576.00
Abstract:
The development of high energy storage systems with reduced size and weight are important for tactical and strategic pulsed power applications such as: electric armor, electric guns, high power microwave sources and ballistic missile applications. Thedielectric energy storage density of pulsed… More

Nanostructured Cathode Materials for High Energy Density Lithium Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Tuqiang Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Lithium (Li) / Sulfur (S) batteries are one of the most promising power sources for many civilian and military applications due to the extremely high energy density. However, the performance of the current batteries including power/energy density and cycle life have fallen well below the theoretical… More

MEMS Electrochemical Power Supply for Miniature Satellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles D. E. Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
TPL proposes to develop a novel MEMS power supply employing volumetric lithium ion microbatteries and micro-supercapacitors for miniature satellites. This configuration will provide high energy density and rechargeability for longevity and high specific power capability for handling both steady… More

Capative Power Source for Compact Heart Defibrillators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kirk M. Slenes
Award Amount: $683,733.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Improvement in the survivability rate of sudden cardiac arrest relies on increased acceptance of life saving heart defibrillator systems. Major defibrillator manufacturers indicate that smaller and lighter systems are necessary to achieve such acceptance, and… More

Supercapacitors for a MEMS Electrochemical Power Supply

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jenniffer DeGreeff
Award Amount: $749,988.00
Abstract:
In the future the Air Force will need covert, autonomous Micro Air Deployed Munitions (MADM) to engage dispersed targets in varied terrains. Miniaturized power is critical to realizing these advanced systems. Traditional power engineering approaches oversize the battery to provide high currents on… More

Ultrasonic Fragmentation of Cast Energetic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Randall Ph.D, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,994.00
Abstract:
There is a need for environmentally acceptable methods to demilitarize obsolete and aging munitions. Open burning and open detonation is no longer an option, and the use of steam heat or high pressure washout to remove explosives is energy intensive and creates a waste water hazard. To alleviate… More

Nanocomposite Dielectric Materials for High Frequency Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kirk M. Slenes, Mr.
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
72258-High power systems for electromagnetic wave generation, particle acceleration, and future fusion technology require large, efficient power supplies and pulse-forming networks. However, due to the very large volume required for the capacitor component, many pulse power applications are limited… More

Power Supply for Meso-Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Manager Micropower Techno
Award Amount: $749,962.00
Abstract:
In this proposed Phase II effort, TPL and Washington State University (WSU) will develop a meso-scale power system that will occupy a total volume less than 0.1cm^3, and with a footprint less than 1cm^2. This novel device will combine a novel energy-harvesting device developed at WSU, known as the… More

High Energy Density Capacitive Power Source for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Program Manager
Award Amount: $594,954.00
Abstract:
Advanced power systems for Future Naval Capability rely on capacitors as the first stage of pulsed power. Significant electrical energy is necessary to support a range of applications including electro-mechanical aircraft launch systems, EMALS. It is anticipated that each ship will require over… More

Integrated Power Sources for MEMS with Extended Mission Durations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles D.E. Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
TPL proposes to develop a small volume small footprint, high capacity power source for MEMS and microsystems with extended mission durations. The proposed approach will apply TPL's novel VOLUMETRIC (or 3-D) design for minimum footprint, minimum volume electrochemical devices to high energy density… More

Lithium Microbattery Microsupercapacitor Hybrid Power Supplies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Charles D. E. Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Advances in microfabrication, integrated circuit technology, and sensor design, enable sensors, active RFID beacons, and integrated microsystems to be constructed at low cost. These systems will have applications in miniature kill vehicles (MKV), distributed unattended sensors for security and… More

Piezoelectric-based Energy Scavenging for Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Washington State University
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: David Bahr
Abstract:
The smaller warcraft envisioned by The Electric Warships and Combat Vehicles Future Naval Capability need to reduce the size and weight of shipboard systems such as auxiliary systems, sensors, or other items embedded within the propeller or its associated hub, ducting, or shaft. Wireless sensors… More

RPG Inflight Resonant Radio Frequency Predetonation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steve Summers, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
TPL believes that it can detonate an RPG in flight and after its setback switch has been armed. The destructive effects of shrapnel on an armored surface of should be significantly reduced or eliminated. As compared to the destructive effects that develop when the RPG shape charge is detonated at a… More

Icephobic Coatings to Reduce Ice Accretion on Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas J. Taylor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The accretion of ice in arctic environments is an expensive problem for the power transmission and microwave industries; the military, whether on land, sea, or in the air; and airlines that operate in blizzard-like conditions. Traditional de-icing relies on physically breaking the ice or using… More

High Power Density Capacitors for High Temperature Navy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
TPL proposes the development of processes for fabricating capacitor-grade dielectric films that possess both high operating temperature and high specific capacitance attributes. The dielectric is a TPL nano-composite material system comprised of TPL¿¿s 50nm sized barium titanate (BaTiO3 or… More

High Energy Density Capacitors for Navy Pulse Power Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF BUFFALO
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Director
Award Amount: $498,299.00
RI Contact: W. J. Sarjeant
Abstract:
Advanced power systems for Future Naval Capability depend on capacitor banks as the first stage of pulsed power. Significant electrical energy is necessary to support a range of applications including electromagnetic armor, electromagnetic gun and electro-mechanical aircraft launch systems. It is… More

PowerChip - Power for Microsystems with Extended Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Manager, Micropower Techn
Award Amount: $749,974.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II effort, TPL will develop, design and build a novel power source for microsystems with extended mission durations - the ¿PowerChip. Both single use and rechargeable systems will be developed containing either lithium primary or lithium secondary batteries, respectively. … More

Functionally Reinforced Nanocomposite for Structural High Energy Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
Future electromagnetic armor and gun systems will rely on large quantities of capacitive pulse power. At present, these capacitors represent a significant contribution to size and weight on mobile platforms, limiting their deploy-ability and strategic responsiveness. One method of minimizing mass… More

Power for Vehicle Embedded MEMS Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Embedded wireless sensors of the future will enable flight vehicle systems to be "highly aware" of onboard health and performance parameters, as well as the external flow field and potential threat environments. Because there will be no opportunity to replace batteries on a regular basis, these… More

Separation of Fragmented Energetic Materials via Directed Ultrasonic Energy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Randy Johnson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Demilitarization of unserviceable ammunition by open burning and open detonation is no longer an option. Autoclaving of low melting point materials is labor intensive, hazardous to the health of operators, and generates pinkwater which requires clean-up as hazardous waste. Other explosives such as… More

Advanced Power Sources for X-ray Simulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Lew Bragg, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Nuclear weapons effects simulators depend upon capacitor banks for storage and delivery of energy for the radiation sources. Power conditioning elements are typically located in the power flow chain between the storage capacitors and the radiation sources, and these elements generally constitute a… More

Preparation of All-Ceramic, High Performance Li-ion Batteries for Deep Space Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Tuqiang Chen PhD, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Lithium (Li) ion batteries are among the most promising power sources for many civilian, military and space applications due to their high power and high energy densities. However, current state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries are not suited for operation in deep-space environments including high… More

High Power Density Capacitors for High Temperature Navy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $449,968.00
Abstract:
The Phase I development effort was in support of the Navy's interest in solid-state electrical storage with increased volumetric efficiency and temperature capabilities. Advanced capacitor power sources are considered an enabling technology for several Future Naval Capability programs. An… More

Power for Vehicle Embedded MEMS Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,977.00
Abstract:
Embedded wireless sensors of the future will enable flight vehicle systems to be "highly aware" of onboard health and performance parameters, as well as the external flow field and potential threat environments. Because there will be no opportunity to replace batteries on a regular basis, these… More

Vibration Energy Harvesting for SHM Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
Wireless sensors show enormous promise for safety improvements and cost reductions in monitoring the structural health of aircraft and spacecraft. A significant challenge for wireless sensors is power. Because of the labor and associated costs associated with changing hundreds, if not thousands of… More

A VIBRATION HARVESTING POWER SOURCE FOR WIRELESS SENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: WASHINGTON STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,990.00
RI Contact: David Bahr
Abstract:
The smaller warcraft envisioned by The Electric Warships and Combat Vehicles Future Naval Capability need to reduce the size and weight of all shipboard systems. Wireless sensors offer enormous potential for meeting these needs by eliminating heavy, costly and failure-prone wiring. Government… More

Nanodielectrics Dielectrics for High Power Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: ELECTRICAL INSULATION RESEARCH CENT
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
RI Contact: Steven A. Boggs
Abstract:
Future power conditioning, control electronics and directed energy weapons will require significant energy storage for a wide range of power applications. Systems will depend on capacitors to deliver high current and high voltage under repetition. In order to find practical embodiment on mobile… More

Tantalum Lined Wall Breaching System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bob Lowey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
TPL Inc. proposes to develop a modular man-portable wall breaching system that will be able to defeat rebar reinforced concrete wall structures more efficiently than Current State-of-the-Art military wall breaching methods. The TPL design will be based on utilizing Tantalum as the liner material in… More

SBIR Phase I: Functionalized Polysiloxanes for Improved Low Temperature Performance of Supercapacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jenniffer DeGreeff, Ms
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop a functionalized polysiloxane based electrolyte system for electrochemical capacitors, or supercapacitors, that has high conductivity at low temperatures and provides high power density over the entire temperature range… More

EnerPak ¿ an innovative power technology solution for advanced unattended ground sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
TPL proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of its EnerPak power solution for use in unattended ground sensors (UGS) for border security. The EnerPak combines energy harvesting technology with miniaturized electrochemical storage devices to provide a hybrid power source for sensors deployed in… More

XMR- A Novel Vibration Harvesting System for Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Lakeman, Vice President
Award Amount: $79,993.00
Abstract:
Wireless sensors promise to reduce the Navy's aircraft maintenance costs via real-time monitoring of corrosion-prone components. The promise of wireless sensors lies in their reduced susceptibility to failure, reduced weight and configurational flexibility compared with conventional wired sensors.… More

Separation of Fragmented Energetic Materials via Directed Ultrasonic Energy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Catherine Malins, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,976.00
Abstract:
Previously acceptable methods of demilitarization are generally no longer appropriate. Environmental issues, community concerns, and economic costs dictate that better methods of munitions disposal be developed. For some munitions basic resources can be recovered and essential weapons components… More

Nano-Composite Cathodes for High Performance Lithium Ion Microbatteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles M. Lakeman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
TPL Inc. proposes to develop a novel, high performance, nanostructured cathode material for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. The proposed approach will modify lithium metal oxide cathode materials using proprietary nanostructured coatings to deliver improved cycle life and lower internal cell… More

Functionally Reinforced Nanocomposite for Structural High Energy Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,994.00
Abstract:
Future electromagnetic armor and gun systems will rely on large quantities of capacitive pulse power. At present, these capacitors represent a significant contribution to size and weight on mobile platforms, limiting their deploy-ability and strategic responsiveness. One method of minimizing mass… More

Power Source Development for Compact Proton Accelerators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $175,551.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Radiation therapy is one of the primary weapons in the battle against cancer, but even with the advances we have made, there remains significant room for improvement in radiation-based treatment technologies. Proton the rapy is now considered the most advanced… More

Reinforced Boosted Penetrator Formulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Randal Johnson, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
A variety of types of warheads have been envisioned for boosted penetrator warheads for the JDAM upgrade program to defeat a variety of targets. Insensitive compositions are indicated in this type of system since the warhead will be boosted to speeds of 2000 2500 feet per second prior to impact with… More

Nanocomposite Film Capacitors for High Energy Accelerators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Leo Thurmond, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
Capacitors are a key component in many pulsed power systems, in particular power modulators for high energy accelerators. As switching technology improves, a need for capacitors at lower voltages (5-10 kV) has become more pronounced, especially for solid-state pulsed power systems. The desirable… More

High Temperature Nano-composite Film Capacitors for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lew Bragg, Senior Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $119,969.00
Abstract:
qFuture ground vehicles for Army applications are envisioned to use hybrid electric propulsion. Hybrid electric vehicles will require electrical power systems which are more compact and more efficient than those used in current vehicles. Power converters are being developed to fit this… More

Compact, High Power Capacitors Based on Moldable Nanocomposite Dielectrics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, VP Capacitance Products
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Future HPM systems will require compact power to facilitate integration on mobile platforms. Capacitors, used to construct these sources, will need to deliver high current and high voltage under repetition. In response this need, TPL has established unique capabilities in the area of dielectrics.… More

Energy Scavenging Micro Air Weapon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tim Trainor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
This project demonstrates an efficient power scavenging design for a Perching Micro Air Weapon, enabling the weapon to perch on high voltage transmission lines, such as along the electric transmission grid prior to final voltage step-down. The innovation of the perching air weapon design allows the… More

High Power Density Capacitors for High Temperature Navy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Vice President Capacitanc
Award Amount: $299,420.00
Abstract:
Advanced power systems for Future Naval Capability depend on capacitor banks as the first stage of pulsed power. Significant electrical energy is necessary to support a range of applications including electromagnetic armor, electromagnetic gun and electro-mechanical aircraft launch systems. In order… More

High Energy Density Nanocomposite Based on Tailored Surface Chemistry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Vice President Capacitance Products
Award Amount: $99,960.00
RI Contact: Ramamurthy Ramprasad
Abstract:
High energy density capacitors are required for practical implementation of GW-class pulse power loads. In response to this need, TPL has established unique dielectric and capacitor capabilities. Revolutionary materials, designs and manufacturing process have been developed for power sources that… More

Power Source Development for Compact Proton Accelerators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kirk M. Slenes
Award Amount: $1,469,812.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Radiation therapy is one of the primary weapons in the battle against cancer, but even with the advances we have made, there remains significant room for improvement in radiation-based treatment technologies. Proton the rapy is now considered the most advanced… More

Wide Temperature, High-Frequency Capacitors for Aerospace Power Conditioning Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lew Bragg, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,925.00
Abstract:
Thermally stable, high frequency capacitors are necessary for development of more compact, high power electronics for use in high performance weapons systems. Mechanically and thermally robust capacitors are needed to increase the temperature range and reduce thermal management issues in compact… More

Explosively Clad Liners for Extended Barrel Life

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Douglas Taylor, Manager Explosive Claddin
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Gun barrel life is limited by erosion, heat and wear. Barrel steels and failure mechanisms have changed little since the end of World War II. Performance requirements of modern gun systems continue toward higher velocities, greater rates of fire and longer projectile ranges result in greater in-bore… More

High Temperature Nano-composite Film Capacitors for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lew Bragg, Program Manager
Award Amount: $461,097.00
Abstract:
Future Army ground vehicles are envisioned to use hybrid electric technology. At present, the propulsion systems for these vehicles require power components which are relatively large and inefficient; limiting widespread integration of the technology. DC filter capacitors used in the high frequency… More

Anti Tamper (AT) Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lew Bragg, Principal Investigator – (505) 342-4440
Award Amount: $99,968.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has a need for improved power supplies to service anti-tamper (AT) systems. The current approach, primary batteries, because of power draw requirements is oversized and bulky and subject to degradation over long storage periods. While energy harvesting (EH) devices are a possibility,… More

High Energy Density Nanocomposite Based on Tailored Surface Chemistry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Vice President Capacitance Products – (505) 342-4437
Award Amount: $749,998.00
RI Contact: Ramamurthy Ramprasad
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: High energy density capacitors are required for practical implementation of GW-class pulse power systems on mobile platforms. In response to this need, TPL has established unique dielectric and capacitor capabilities. Revolutionary materials, designs and manufacturing processes have… More

Explosive Bonding of Plasma Facing Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Douglas Taylor, Dr. – 505-342-4428
Award Amount: $149,994.00
Abstract:
The high heat fluxes experienced by plasma facing components in energy producing fusion devices would benefit from refractory metal layers on their surfaces; however, it is difficult to bond refractory metals to non-refractory structural and heat sink materials. Explosive welding is proposed to… More

A Vibration Harvesting-based, EnerPak-Managed, Power Supply for AT Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harold M. Stoller, President and CEO – (505) 342-4412
Award Amount: $749,981.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Exploitation of U.S. systems is an increasing threat. Anti-Tamper (AT) technologies are being developed to counter this threat. Given the long life of U.S. systems, alternatives to primary batteries as power supplies for AT systems must be developed. Energy harvesting-based power supplies… More

High Voltage, DC-Link Capacitors for Transportable Power Conversion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Mr. – (505) 342-4437
Award Amount: $149,982.00
Abstract:
Transportable energy storage systems are emerging products for grid-tied applications. High voltage pulse power systems are planned for assembly in standard shipping containers to allow for easy transportability. Unfortunately, the current capabilities of these systems are considered inadequate… More

Bimetal Gun Barrels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Douglas Taylor, Explosive Cladding Manage – (505) 342-4428
Award Amount: $1,005,236.00
Abstract:
Thermally stable machine gun barrels that exceed current barrel life, reduce dispersion, and allow higher or longer sustained rates of fire, require erosion-resistant, high temperature materials and techniques to integrate them. The goal of this program is to eliminate the need to carry extra… More

Wide Temperature, High-Frequency Capacitors for Aerospace Power Conditioning Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kirk Slenes, Vice President – (505) 342-4437
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Electrically driven technologies are replacing hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical systems in new military aircraft designs to improve capability, reliability and maintainability. This transition requires high performance electronic components capable of operating over a wide temperature… More