Ultraefficient Themoelectric Devices

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CF75P
Agency Tracking Number: 080080
Amount: $98,181.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
80 Massie Drive, Christiansburg, VA, 24073-1071
DUNS: 808145465
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Paul Hines
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 392-6917
Business Contact
 Paul Hines
Title: Business Official
Phone: (540) 392-6917
Email: phines@microxact.com
Research Institution
 University of California Los Angeles
 Not Available
 56-125B Engineering IV Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
 (310) 825-1609
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Thermoelectric (TE) devices already found a wide range of commercial, military and aerospace applications. However, at present commercially available TE devices typically offer limited heat to electricity conversion efficiencies, well below the fundamental thermodynamic limit, calling for the development of higher efficiency materials. The team of MicroXact Inc and UCLA DRL is proposing to develop a revolutionary ultrahigh efficiency thermoelectric material fabricated on completely new fabrication principles. The material comprises the three-dimensional "wells" of Ge/Si Quantum Quantum Dot Superlattices fabricated by a conformal coating of macroporous silicon (MPSi) pore walls. Such a material will provide very high ZT values at macroscopic thicknesses of the material, permitting 30% or more conversion efficiencies. In Phase I of the project the team will develop a thorough model of the proposed TE material, will theoretically predict the achievable efficiency of the material and will demonstrate the growth of the single layer of QDs on the pore walls. In Phase II the team will fabricate the proposed material and will demonstrate the efficiencies exceeding 30%. After the Phase II the team will attract VC funding to commercialize the technology.

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