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SBIR Phase I: High Performance Electrochemical Capacitor Using Carbide-Derived…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
91043
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0912482
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Y-CARBON
900 First Ave Building 4, Suite 242 King of Prussia, PA 19406
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: SBIR Phase I: High Performance Electrochemical Capacitor Using Carbide-Derived Carbon Nanomaterial Electrodes
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0912482
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase I research proposal will develop nano-porous carbide-derived carbon electrodes for improved super-capacitor performance. The high power charge/discharge rate of current super-capacitors is offset by a low storage capacity compared to batteries. The capacitance of activated carbon super-capacitor electrodes is partially limited by the large diameter and wide size distribution of pores resulting from conventional synthesis from organic precursors. This proposal will develop a novel method to produce nano-porous carbon with a narrow distribution of pores less than 2 nm in diameter. Metal atoms are chemically etched from a metal carbide lattice, leaving only carbon, the pore size of which can be tuned with Angstrom precision by varying the carbide precursor or etching conditions. While the use of a metal carbide lattice as a template for porous carbon allows precise control over the pore size, the pore volume is limited by the number of carbon atoms per unit of volume in the carbide lattice. Increasing the volume of pores and specific surface area without substantial broadening of the pore size distribution would lead to a significant increase in capacitance. Because of their long life and rapid power delivery, super-capacitors are replacing or supplementing batteries and fuel cells in many applications. Advanced super-capacitors will be used for energy harvesting from fast processes and for storage of electrical energy, facilitating the production and use of electrical energy from alternative sources. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

Principal Investigator:

Ranjan Dash
PhD
6108786226
RDash@Y-Carbon.US

Business Contact:

Ranjan Dash
PhD
6108786226
RDash@Y-Carbon.US
Small Business Information at Submission:

Y-Carbon
900 1st Avenue Building 4, Suite 242 King of Prussia, PA 19406

EIN/Tax ID: 203596360
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No