STTR Phase I: Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Inclusion for Thermal Conductivity Enhancement of Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0611363
Agency Tracking Number: 0611363
Amount: $99,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
921 American Pacific Drive, Henderson, NV, 89014
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Curt Thies
 Dr
 (702) 567-8206
 Thiesman@aol.com
Business Contact
 Curtis Thies
Phone: (702) 567-8206
Email: Thiesman@aol.com
Research Institution
 TX Engineering Exp Sta
 Jorge L Alvarado
 TEES State Headquarters Bldg 3000 TAMU
College Station, TX, 77843
 (979) 862-1696
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project investigates the commercial and technical feasibility of a new microencapsulation process capable of incorporating multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) into microcapsules containing a phase change material (PCM). The main objective is to take advantage of MWCNT exceptional thermal properties to enhance the thermal performance microencapsulated phase change material slurry. The proposed microencapsulation process will produce microcapsule made of epoxy, a suitable paraffin and MWCNTs. The MPCM thermal conductivity will be increased by incorporating MWCNTs which have shown to increase the thermal conductivity of water and other liquids by as much as 38% at very small concentration. The proposed microencapsulation method will have a lasting impact on the entire heat transfer industry. Successful commercialization of the proposed concept will find applications in biomedical, aerospace, homeland security, and energy generation.

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