Catalyst Arrays in Nanopatterned Carbon Substrates for Carbon Nanotube-Based Ultra-Capacitors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,999.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0190
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
O10B-004-4015
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD10-T004
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp.
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 Raouf Loutfy
 President
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: C.E.O.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
 University of Arizona
 Sherry L Esham
 Sponsored Projects Services
888 N. Euclid Ave. Room 510
Tucson, AZ, 85719-
 (520) 626-6000
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Electrochemical ultracapacitors offer significant promise in bridging the performance gap between batteries and capacitors. Due to their high power density and capability for repeated charging or discharging in seconds for millions of cycles, ultracapacitors are essential to power level smoothing and pulsed power supply for OSD applications. In this program, Materials and Electrochemical Research (MER) Corporation and the University of Arizona propose to demonstrate the feasibility of depositing periodic arrays of nanoparticles on pre-patterned substrates for controlled nanotubes growth. The proposed process involves the development of sub-50nm diameter nanoimprinted patterns of holes on carbon substrates and trapping the catalyst nanoparticles in these nanohole arrays. This catalyst trapped nanohole array substrate will be used to grow multiwalled carbon nanotubes which can be utilized to fabricate high performing ultracapacitors. To place the Phase I technical objectives and work plan into context, we succinctly reprise the current achievements of our nanoimprinting technique for developing nanohole arrays and the challenges that need to be addressed for a successful completion of Phase I. This proposed supercapacitor is very innovative and will provide a longer and more reliable service lifetime with reduced ultracapacitor size and weight.

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