Ultra-High Energy Density Piezoelectric Nanocomposites for Lightweight Power Harvesting Micro-Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$375,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0217
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0019
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB092-001
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
1716 South Sycamore, Mesa, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
831529941
Principal Investigator:
Yirong Lin
Research Scientist
(480) 205-1202
abide831@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Henry Sodano
Chief Technology Officer
(480) 205-1202
hsodano@gmail.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The proposed research effort will develop a highly efficient MEMS energy harvesters that utilize a novel nanocomposite technology recently developed by HARP Engineering LLC. Unlike existing piezoelectric nanocomposites, the material proposed here has an electromechanical coupling coefficient higher than most monolithic piezoceramics typically used in MEMS processing. This nanocomposite technology will be further developed and will be used to create power harvesters that capitalize of the fracture toughness of the polymer matrix to offer robustness to damage for use in harsh battlefield conditions. The nanocomposite will also lead to resonators with significantly lower natural frequencies than silicon technologies, which will allow more efficient energy conversion at the frequencies typically available for harvesting. At the conclusion of the effort a micro-scale energy harvester will be produced to demonstrate the system performance. We will seek to commercialize all three technologies developed under this contract, namely the piezoelectric nanowires, the nanocomposites and the energy harvesters to maximize the commercial impact of the work.

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