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Oriented Enzymatic Electrodes with Enhanced Charge Transfer

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Department of Defense
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2012 / STTR
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701 McMillian Way, NW Ste D HUNTSVILLE, AL 35806-2922
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Oriented Enzymatic Electrodes with Enhanced Charge Transfer
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0015
Award Amount: $99,886.00


Our objective is to develop a novel method for structurally orienting enzymes onto an electrode surface. The technology will significantly increase the electron transfer efficiency of the electrode and thereby enable a state-of-the-art energy source for low power military and commercial systems. The proposed enzymatic fuel cell (EFC) will leverage ongoing research at both CFDRC and the University of New Mexico to provide a fully-integrated manufacturable and renewable power supply. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the use of both tethering and orientation agents for the cathode side of the device. We will combine this with our existing enzymatic anode and EFC test hardware to evaluate the technology. In Phase II, we will extend the orientation methods to the anode side of the device as well as further develop the EFC system. The fully-integrated prototype will be capable of providing a proof-of-concept demonstration as a portable military low-power source. A multi-disciplinary team with proven expertise in electrochemical power sources, biomicrosystems, bioelectrochemistry, and system design has been assembled to accomplish these goals.

Principal Investigator:

Sameer Singhal
Dir, Micro Power&Sensing
(256) 327-0664

Business Contact:

Deborah Phipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
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CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNM School of Engineering
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-
Contact: Plamen Atanassov
Contact Phone: (505) 277-2640