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Low Cost and Scalable Nano-Silicon Production

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5391
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-005
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Systems and Materials Research Corporati
1300 West Koenig Lane Suite 230 Austin, TX 78756-1412
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Low Cost and Scalable Nano-Silicon Production
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-14-C-0011
Award Amount: $990,825.00
 

Abstract:

The U.S. Army has a need for cheap, high quality nanosilicon powder. With similar energy density and better aging effects than nanoaluminum, silicon is an excellent candidate for use a metal nanofuel. In Phase I, Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) demonstrated a scalable method for production of nanosized silicon. By the end of Phase I, we have demonstrated that a 5kg/day production rate at a cost of $177/kg is possible. By the end of Phase II, SMRC will have demonstrated a continuous flow process that generates>99% pure silicon with a narrow size distribution around 85nm. The as-produced materials will be passivated and be transported as micron sized powders with no hard agglomerates. SMRC will also demonstrate a path to large scale production at a cost nearing $50/kg. We will first commercialize nanosilicon as a propellant additive and green pyrotechnic materials with the help of our scale-up partners ATK and Esterline. As the purity of these materials increases with process and feed stock controls, we will explore uses such as ink-jetable nanosilicon suspensions for low cost, disposable electronics.

Principal Investigator:

David Irvin
Director of Research
(512) 757-5441
davidirvin@systemsandmaterials.com

Business Contact:

Malcolm D. Prouty
President
(512) 968-4750
malcolmprouty@systemsandmaterials.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Systems and Materials Research Corporati
1300 West Koenig Lane Suite 230 Austin, TX 78756-1412

EIN/Tax ID: 742885041
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No