STTR Phase II: Large-Scale Production of Pristine Nano Graphene

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1057999
Agency Tracking Number: 1057999
Amount: $499,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: Phase II
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1240 McCook Ave., Dayton, OH, 45404-1059
DUNS: 824769843
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Aruna Zhamu
 PhD
 (937) 331-9884
 aruna.zhamu@angstronmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Aruna Zhamu
Title: PhD
Phone: (937) 331-9884
Email: aruna.zhamu@angstronmaterials.com
Research Institution
 Wright State University
 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH, 45435-0001
 (937) 775-2425
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project aims to develop a method for rapid, direct and large-scale production of pristine nano-graphene platelets (NGPs). A combined molecular dynamic, macroscopic modeling and experimental approach will be used to (1) further improve the understanding of the underlying principles behind effective peeling of single-layer graphene sheets from graphite particles in selected liquid mediums, and (2) to clearly determine the most critical processing conditions that govern the graphene production rate in a continuous processing reactor. The broader/commercial impacts of this project will be the potential to offer a cost-effective method to produce pristine nano-graphene in large quantities. NGPs are of exceptional scientific and technological significance. The ability to produce large-volume pristine nano-graphene will have a profound impact on the evolution of nano-graphene science and technology. Highly conductive graphene may find practical applications in transparent and conductive coating, supercapacitor, battery electrode, fuel cell bipolar plates, and conductive nanocomposite.

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