SBIR Phase I: Electrode Material Development for SuperCapacitor

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0611219
Award Id:
79524
Agency Tracking Number:
0611219
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7151 Discovery Drive, Chattanooga, TN, 37416
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MichaelMainz
Mr
(423) 267-6266
mmainz@espintechnologies.com
Business Contact:
JayeshDoshi
Dr
(423) 267-6266
jdoshi@espintechnologies.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project intends to develop low cost activated carbon nanofiber based ultracapacitor electrode material with ability to store large energy and power density. Polymer precursor nanofibers from polyacrylonitrile, pitch, phenolic, and lignin will be produced using an electrospinning process. These nanofibers will be converted to activated carbon nanofiber with surface area in excess of 3 to 5 times more than the conventional electrode material used in supercapacitors. The nanofiber architecture will be tailored to achieve the desired power and energy performance by varying pore structure, electrode thickness, surface area, and other product properties. Supercapcitors are candidates for many applications including electric vehicles, consumer and industrial electronics and power tools, power management, etc. Successful development of low cost carbon electrode material will allow supercapacitor material manufacturer to produce these devices at relatively low cost and will have broad effect on overall market in terms of cost and economics.

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