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Hierarchically-Structured Bio-Electrocatalyst Materials Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0102
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T03-0056
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT03
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-04-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-01-23
Small Business Information
4633 World Parkway Circle, St. Louis, MO, 63134
DUNS: 145926239
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Gellett
 Program Manager
 (314) 824-1977
Business Contact
 Nick Akers
Title: Director Business Development
Phone: (314) 824-1979
Research Institution
 University of New Mexico
 Plamen Atanassov
 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, 87131
 (505) 277-2640
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Akermin proposes, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, to demonstrate the viability of electronic connections between biomolecules and engineered surfaces in order to harvest power and energy through biologic systems. This work is in part based on Akermin’s proprietary enzyme stabilization technology, which can be used for many lower power commercial and military applications, including microelectrical mechanical devices, unattended ground sensors, and small mobile power devices. This technology has advantages over similar competing technologies (i.e., batteries, conventional fuel cells, and thermal based power supplies) when addressing the needs of small remote sensors and electronics. Akermin’s unique biofuel cell technology has overcome the limitations traditionally associated with enzymatic biofuel cells such as instability at pH’s other than neutral, short operational and shelf lifetimes, and stability relative to temperature changes. The University of New Mexico will contribute their expertise in the design of high surface are engineered electrode materials containing appropriate metal structures for improved electrical connection to biologic molecules. The combination of technologies will result in the highest performing biocathode for highly efficient and long lasting biofuel cell power supplies. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefit of a commercially viable biofuel cell for low power military applications includes being able to provide improved mission operating times due to having greater energy density than incumbent batteries. Additionally, the proposed biofuel cell can be considered an environmentally benign power source, which can be disposed of without concern for environmental contamination. The technology developed under this proposal also has applications in non-military, high volume disposable consumer applications with existing sales volumes of over 100 million units per year. The primary benefit for consumer applications will be the displacement of existing batteries that contain toxic materials with an environmentally benign biofuel cell alternative.

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