Advanced Neutrally Buoyant Rechargeable Batteries Based on Ceramic Electrolyte Separators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0621
Agency Tracking Number: N074-022-0015
Amount: $749,668.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T022
Solicitation Number: 2007.
Small Business Information
Technology Holding, LLC
800 North 350 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84103-
DUNS: 829431076
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 John Watkins
 (801) 792-0652
 drjohnjwatkins@comcast.net
Business Contact
 Raymond Miller
Title: Senior Scientist
Phone: (801) 978-2176
Email: randrmiller@g.com
Research Institution
 Rutgers University
 Dunbar B III
 2540 Dole Street
Hall 402
Honolulu, HI, 96822-
 (732) 445-5606
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A battery is proposed that utilizes a Li+ conducting, solid-electrolyte separator, LiSICON, Li metal anode and high-capacity cathode. The LiSICON ceramic is fabricated using state of the art tape casting methods which allows composite structures of porous and dense layers ~100ƒÝm thick. The layered structure increase mechanical strength and decrease interfacial and bulk resistances. The high-energy cathode material, amorphous MnO2 or nano-crystalline LiMn1/3Ni1/3Co1/3O2, allow a predicted energy density >400 Whr/kg for the overall battery. The proposed Phase II effort expands on the successful demonstration of small-scale cells utilizing both cathode materials in Phase I. The Phase II Base objectives are improving cathode performance and lowering cost, fabricating and validating the pressure tolerant casing, selecting anodes, electrolytes and fabricating a thin LiSICON ceramic electrolyte separator.

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