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Oriented Enzymatic Electrodes with Enhanced Charge Transfer

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Department of Defense
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2014 / 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
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Oriented Enzymatic Electrodes with Enhanced Charge Transfer
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-14-C-0017
Award Amount: $377,246.00


Our objective is to significantly increase the electron transfer efficiency of the enzyme-catalyzed reactions at electrodes and thereby establish a new state-of-the-art power source for military and commercial systems. The approach is to develop a novel method for orienting enzymes immobilized onto the electrode surface that results in facilitated charge transfer. The proposed bio-electrode technology will be integrated into enzymatic fuel cell (EFC) that leverages ongoing research at both CFDRC and the University of New Mexico (UMN) to provide a fully-integrated, manufacturable and renewable power supply. In Phase I, we have demonstrated the use of both tethering and orientation agents for the cathode side of the device. We have combined this with our existing (non-oriented) 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 optimizing the cathode and developing the fully-integrated EFC system. The functional prototype will be demonstrated as a portable military low-power source. A multi-disciplinary team with proven expertise in electrochemical power sources, bio-microsystems, bio-electrochemistry, and system design has been assembled to accomplish these goals.

Principal Investigator:

Sameer Singhal
Director, Biomedical&Energy Tech
(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