High Volume Manufacturing of NanoEngineered High ZT Thermoelectrics for Multiple Energy Generation Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CF74P
Agency Tracking Number: 080114
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103, Piscataway, NJ, 08854-3723
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Tompa
 Principal Investigator
 (732) 302-9274
 GSTompa@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: Business Official
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: GSTompa@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
 University of California Santa Cruz, NECTAR Center
 Not Available
 Baskin Engineering Bldg., MS SOE2
Santa Cruz, CA, 95064
 (831) 459-3571
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
SMI has teamed with a leading thermoelectric (TE) research group in order to optimize and convert high-performance TE materials developed in laboratory-scale into economically producible products for NASA missions and commercial applications. Recent results with nanocomposite films have shown that Figures of Merit (ZT) much greater than 1.0 are possible at laboratory-scale; however a technology road map with the view towards large-volume and low-cost manufacturing processes of such TE devices has not previously been envisioned. We propose to develop a scalable manufacturing process of large-volume and cost-effective nanocomposite TE device films with ZT values exceeding 2.0. In Phase I, SMI and our partner will demonstrate a scalable manufacturing technology for nanocomposite films required for high-performance TE devices. In Phase II, we will continue materials development, device optimization, and process scaling to large-scale production. Further, we will market the technology with end product producers. The Phase III result will be the availability of high-performance TE devices that utilize nanocomposite films for NASA applications, commercial uses in general, and the new energy frontier of waste heat recovery.

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