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SBIR Phase I:A Hybrid Metamaterial for Solar Methanol Production

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
99100
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1013914
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT6
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC
12 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 10013-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SBIR Phase I:A Hybrid Metamaterial for Solar Methanol Production
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1013914
Award Amount: $150,000.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase I project will develop a device that will perform methanol synthesis from CO2 and H2O using sunlight by mimicking the photosynthetic process taking place in plants and certain bacteria. A solar methanol biofuel generating device will be fabricated that uses a light-trapping metamaterial substrate and a bio-inspired de novo designed protein domain which will generate biofuels when modularly connected to enzyme domains directly derived from Nature. The project combines the powerful light-concentrating abilities of metamaterial composites with light-harvesting capabilities of proteins that mimic photosynthetic structures. The combination of metamaterials and light-harvesting proteins with additional protein components capable of carrying out chemical catalysis allows for the creation of inexpensive, robust and regenerative fuel cells that cycle between atmospheric carbon dioxide and methanol. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be production of methanol in a non-expensive manner. Methanol will find applications in the biodiesel industry and thus will have a positive impact on the energy and transportation sectors.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Crouse
MS
7184847033
crousem238@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Michael Crouse
MS
7184847033
crousem238@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Phoebus Optoelectronics
12 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 10013

EIN/Tax ID: 562451605
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No