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CO2mposite: Recycling of CO2, Carbon Fiber Waste, and Biomaterials into Composite Panels for Lower Embodied Carbon Building Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001643
Agency Tracking Number: 2626-1535
Amount: $443,884.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-12-11
Small Business Information
740 Piper Rd
Knoxville, TN 37919
United States
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Anna Douglas
 (330) 285-3299
Business Contact
 Anna Douglas
Phone: (330) 285-3299
Research Institution
 University of Tennessee Knoxville
1502 Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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 Nonprofit College or University

"SkyNano, Endeavor Composites, and The University of Tennessee Knoxville propose to develop
a composite panel that contains CO2-derived carbon nanotubes (CNTs), recycled carbon fiber
waste, and bio-derived natural fibers that exhibits excellent mechanical and functional properties,
while maintaining a carbon-negative footprint on a cradle-to-gate and cradle-to-grave basis. By
the end of the Phase I and Phase II STTR effort, the team proposes to develop and test the
composite panel, which is envisioned to be applicable for interior wall coverings, non-load bearing
interior walls, exterior facades, and ceiling panels. Phase I of this effort will focus on the proof of
concept for this material architecture, basic mechanical testing, and a preliminary LCA evaluation.
Phase II will be centered on optimization of all material constituents, functional and mechanical
testing, a study on recycling of the material for end-of-life processing and management, and
collaboration with a team from the sister FOA for a full scope LCA on the composite. To address
the growing climate crisis and the increased activity in the construction industry which contributes
significantly towards total greenhouse gas emissions, SkyNano and Endeavor Composites herein
propose to rely on core competencies in the production of CO2-derived carbon materials from
electrochemistry (SkyNano) and the fabrication of sustainably-approached composite panels using
well-dispersed recycled fibers (Endeavor Composites) to create CO2mposites: composite panels
for the building industry that rely on a multi-scale materials approach combining recycled
carbon fibers diverted from the landfill, directly utilized CO2 via electro-reduction into solid
carbon additives, and biomaterials such as bamboo fibers."

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