A Nitrate Biosensor for Monitoring Groundwater at DOE Sites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG03-01ER83280
Award Id:
52026
Agency Tracking Number:
65659S01-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 South Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JigneshPatel
Senior Scientist
(520) 574-1980
MER@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
JamesWithers
Chief Executive Officer
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
65659 Meso carbon micro beads (MCMB) produce the best performing anode for lithium-ion batteries, but their expense limits the wide spread use of these batteries. The MCMB expense results from the use of an expensive synthetic mesophase pitch plus extensive processing. Other forms of carbon for the anode result in poor battery performance. This project will develop technology for the economic processing of low cost pitches to produce mesophase material that can be transformed to MCMB at the low-cost price of approximately $1/kg. In Phase I, low cost pitches will be converted to mesophase from which MCMB will be produced, heat-treated, and fabricated into anodes for testing in lithium-ion half cells. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by awardee: Low cost lithium-ion batteries with improved performance would have wide spread applications in hand-held electronics, electric vehicles of all types, and a variety of defense and commercial applications for secondary batteries

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