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Plasmonics for Energy Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T39-0147
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT39
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-12-31
Small Business Information
11750 Beltsville Drive 3rd Floor
Beltsville, MD 20705
United States
DUNS: 061997029
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Murat Yasar
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 790-0600
Business Contact
 Sandra Selha
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (240) 790-0600
Research Institution
 Oklahoma State University
 D. Alan Tree
Office of Research Adm 201 Advanced Technology Ctr
Stillwater, OK 74078
United States

 (405) 744-5001
 Nonprofit College or University

Conversion of sunlight to chemical fuels by artificial photosynthesis has been a long-sought goal. The major goal of the proposed effort is to develop a novel fuel-generating (e.g., hydrogen) photolytic device, which consists of a semiconductor nanowire decorated with metal nanoparticles. The project targets a low-cost technology by fabricating and utilizing the nanowire-nanoparticle conjugate devices in the form of a suspension (e.g., in water). The project also aims at high photolytic conversion energy and stability by making use of multifunctional nanostructures with unique plasmonic, photonic, and electronic attributes at the nanoscale. BENEFIT: By 2030, global demand for energy is projected to increase by 50%. There is also growing awareness that the Earth’s oil reserves may run out during the present century. Therefore, an energy shortage is likely to emerge, unless some renewable energy source replaces the fossil fuels in the next few decades. The proposed hydrogen generation technology will be inexpensive, portable and a new source of clean and renewable energy to address the imminent energy needs the world’s population consumes today. From fuel cells to hydrogen cars, the use of hydrogen as a fuel has multitude of applications. The entire effort will have a potential to impact our entire energy infrastructure in a very fundamental way.

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