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Metal Organic Framework (MOF) Based Lithium Ion Electrolyte

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-09-M-0106
Agency Tracking Number: F083-200-2026
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-200
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-03-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-03-12
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Lang
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to demonstrate a lithium ion battery electrolyte/separator system capable of high performance operation with improved safety at operating temperatures between -40 and 70oC. Continuously nano-porous structures, fabricated as thin battery electrode separator membranes will be used to sequester inexpensive liquid lithium ion battery electrolytes as a composite liquid/solid state battery separator assembly. Calculations indicate that due to freezing point depression, reduced vapor pressure and anion size exclusion properties of the nano-porous materials, the proposed electrolyte/separator assemblies will have low temperature performance to -60oC, reduced electrolyte vapor pressure at elevated temperatures and Li+ transference numbers approaching 1.0. BENEFIT: The primary market for the proposed technology is the military in particular for space applications. The temperature extremes and long cycle life demands of space deployment would benefit from the robust electrolyte. Similarly, the proposed technology would be beneficial in the uniquely harsh environments in which battery powered combat devices operate. The technology can be further extended to commercial devices such as hybrid and electric vehicles, cordless power tools, remote sensing devices, and portable communications such as cell phones and two-way radios.

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