Low-Cost, Highly Efficient Thermoelectric Coolers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84777
Agency Tracking Number:
82321
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
11
Solicitation Number:
DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
Materials Modification, Inc.
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
167433531
Principal Investigator
 Ramachandran Radhakrishnan
 Dr
 (703) 560-1371
 radha@matmod.com
Business Contact
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
Title: Dr
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Email: sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The need to maintain stable temperatures, or to change temperature in response to changing situations, is an almost universal requirement in engineered systems. This project will develop a working thermoelectric module that will provide a complete thermal management system for various sensors and electronic devices, resulting in substantial energy saving. The approach involves the development of a scaleable technique for the mass-production of iron silicide and doped iron silicide nanoparticles, which will be used to fabricate a thermoelectric cooling module. Phase I will synthesize doped and undoped FeSix nanoparticles, using a previously-developed proprietary method. This will be followed by consolidation of the nanoparticles using plasma pressure compaction technology. Phase II will be aimed at standardizing the parameters for synthesis of the iron-silicide-based components and at fabricating, testing, and optimizing a prototype cooling module. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Improvements in the efficiency of thermal management should result in significant energy savings. Examples of systems that can be served by the thermoelectric module include computers, industrial control systems, refrigeration modules (military or civilian), biomedical storage units, space vehicles, space vehicle sensors, and even bionic mechanisms.

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