Embedded Metal Nanoparticles for Efficient Thermoelectric Power Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0257
Agency Tracking Number: N071-086-0843
Amount: $99,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-086
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
AERIUS PHOTONICS, LLC.
4160 Market St., Suite 6, Ventura, CA, 93003
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Michael MacDougal
 Vice-President of Engineering
 (805) 642-4645
 macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jonathan Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Aerius Photonics proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of high output power thick film generator modules using nanoparticle-embedded materials that are amenable to production using bulk crystal-growth methods. These nanoparticles provide benefits similar to superlattices, such as increasing the Seebeck coefficient and decreasing the thermal conductivity, but with the major advantage being that they are transferrable to bulk crystal growth. Aerius Photonics proposes to make thermoelectric power generators using hybrid elements of two materials, one of which is the nanoparticle embedded material and the other being a conventional thermoelectric material, Bi2Te3 . The combination of the two materials provides the superior performance at room temperature of Bi2Te3 with the superior performance at high temperature of the nanoparticle embedded material. Using bulk materials allows the stack to take full advantage of the temperature drop across the module and combine to make a cost-effective, high efficiency module.

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