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Novel Electrolytic Extraction Processes for Scarce Elements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1138
Agency Tracking Number: O12B-T03-4017
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-T03
Solicitation Number: 2012.B
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-04-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-10-16
Small Business Information
11 Michigan Drive
Natick, MA -
United States
DUNS: 828189923
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Adam Powell
 CTO and Co-Founder
 (781) 898-3430
Business Contact
 Al Federico
Title: Controller
Phone: (781) 898-3430
Research Institution
 Boston University
 Michael Collins
25 Buick Street
Boston, MA 02215-
United States

 (617) 353-4365
 Nonprofit College or University

Metal Oxygen Separation Technologies, Inc. proposes a 6-month SBIR Phase I project to demonstrate feasibility of using molten salt electrolysis with a zirconia solid electrolyte to cleanly and efficiently produce dysprosium metal from its oxide. This Phase I project will have as its goal the design of a molten salt-zirconia-anode system in the context of an electrolysis cell for producing high-purity dense solid dysprosium. The project will take an Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) approach to model the thermodynamics, electrochemical kinetics, and macroscopic transport of the process, all validated by efficient use of experimentation. This work builds on years of experience developing this technology for other metals, enabling rapid results and more aggressive development goals.

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