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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Spatially-Resolved Microbial Activity Probe Using Infrared Measurements of Nitrous Oxide and Methane Isotopes in Soil

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 22b

    Soil health is an important factor in ensuring long term agricultural production and food security- Soil microbial activity is crucial to nutrient cycling and soil fertility, but it is strongly dependent upon environmental variables, such as temperature, humidity, and nutrient and oxygen content- Technology that probes soil microbial activity in real time with spatial fidelity is needed to better ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  2. UV/Near-IR Aerosol Absorption Monitor

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 23c

    Light-absorbing aerosols can influence the global radiation budget and thermodynamic balance of the planet by reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the surface and heating their surroundings- At present, most aerosol absorption measurement techniques collect the airborne samples on a filter substrate and then measure light attenuation due to the collected samples- The filter-based methods usual ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  3. Photo-Thermal Interferometry (PTI) Particulate Absorption Monitor

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 23c

    Understanding the role that aerosols play in atmospheric radiative forcing is currently the major focus of the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Sciences Program- Aerosol particles affect the radiative balance of the earth directly, by scattering and absorbing solar and terrestrial radiation, and indirectly, by acting as cloud condensation nuclei- It is now recognized that the atmospheric loa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  4. Development of Innovative Gas Diffusion Layers for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

    SBC: AVCARB, LLC            Topic: 17b

    The proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) has a significant potential for use in a variety of applications, such as transportation, backup, and portable power, although there are still remaining technical and cost challenges that must be solved for commercialization- The DOE has recognized the importance of the gas diffusion layer (GDL) and has requested innovative GDL designs that will impro ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  5. A SRF Photogun for MeV Ultrafast Electron Microscopy

    SBC: Euclid Beamlabs, LLC            Topic: 11b

    In order to achieve sharp, high resolution real-time imaging, electrons in a MeV UEM (ultrafast electron microscope) beamline need to minimize instabilities energy spread during generation and acceleration- The stability of the normal conducting photocathode gun which is currently used to produce short electron bunches has been one of main elements limiting the further improvement of beam instabil ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  6. Phase Correction Plates for X-Rays

    SBC: EUCLID TECHLABS, LLC            Topic: 09b

    X-ray focusing optics regardless of the technology requires extremely high precision of manufacturing, metrology and operational stability- As the x-ray beam is being transported to the experimental area distortions due to misalignments, imperfection of optics, etc- add up and result in beam quality degradation: broadening, appearance of tails and aberrations- Recently it became possible, using pt ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  7. Inexpensive Electron Beam Optics for Ultrafast Electron Microscopy

    SBC: EUCLID TECHLABS, LLC            Topic: 11a

    Unlike traditional Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) Ultrafast Electron Diffraction (UED) and Microscopy (UEM) operate at higher electron energies to preserve the high quality electron beam required for unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution- This however forces stringent requirements on electron- optical components- In particular a set of high field (2 Tesla) solenoids acting as cond ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  8. Novel Fluorinated Ionomer for PEM Fuel Cells

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 17a

    Commercial proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology typically relies on the same type of ionomer in the catalyst layer as are used for the fuel cell membrane- However, the desired properties for the ionomer in the catalyst layer and the ionomer used in the membrane should be different- This results in poor fuel cell performance particularly for low-platinum and high-power operations- Th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  9. Innovative Bilayer Microporous Layer for PEM Fuel Cells

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 17b

    In polymer electrode membrane fuel cells, gas diffusion media plays a critical role in reactant gas diffusion and water management- Often, a gas diffusion media that has excellent water removal properties under high humidity may not perform well under dry conditions, or vice versa- Therefore, it is essential to develop a robust gas diffusion media design which meets the performance requirements ac ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  10. Development of VUV-reflective PTFE coatings

    SBC: GVD CORPORATION            Topic: 30c

    Experimental searches for neutrinoless double beta decay are listed as the highest priority in the 2015 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science- The observation of neutrinoless double beta decay would have a fundamental impact on the understanding of neutrinos, lepton number violation, and the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe- At present neutrinoless double beta decay detectio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
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