Plasmonics for Energy Generation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,996.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
FA9550-10-C-0074
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F09B-T39-0147
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF09-BT39
Small Business Information
Techno-Sciences, Inc.
11750 Beltsville Drive, 3rd Floor, Beltsville, MD, 20705
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
061997029
Principal Investigator
 Murat Yasar
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 790-0600
 yasarm@technosci.com
Business Contact
 Sandra Selha
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (240) 790-0600
Email: selhas@technosci.com
Research Institution
 Oklahoma State University
 D. Alan Tree
 Office of Research Adm
201 Advanced Technology Ctr
Stillwater, OK, 74078
 (405) 744-5001
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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