Low Cost and Scalable Nano-Silicon Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-12-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: A121-005-0004
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A12-005
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Systems and Materials Research Corporation
1300 West Koenig Lane, Suite 230, Au, TX, -
Duns: 033171534
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Irvin
 Pricipal Chemist/Director Research
 (512) 757-5441
Business Contact
 Malcolm Prouty
Title: President
Phone: (512) 535-7791
Email: malcolmprouty@systemsandmaterials.com
Research Institution
The U.S. Army has a need for cheap, high quality nanosilicon powder. With similar energy density and better aging effects than nanoaluminum, silicon is an excellent candidate for use a metal nanofuel. Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) will demonstrate a scalable method for production of nanosized silicon via a mechano-chemical solid-liquid reaction. Using commodity feed stocks and scalable commercial equipment, it will be possible to have production rates>1000kg/day within 5 years. By the end of Phase I, we will have demonstrated a 5kg/day production rate at a cost of $185/kg. By the end of Phase II, we will have a path to large scale production at a cost nearing $50/kg. We will first commercialize nano-silicon as metal fuels and green energetics with the help of our scale-up partners ATK and Esterline. As the purity of these materials increases with process and feed stock controls, we will explore uses such as ink-jetable nanosilicon suspensions for low cost, disposable electronics. There is also an additional market as electrode materials for lithium ion batteries and a smaller but direct to the manufacturer market will be activated catalysts.

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