Nanostructure-Enhanced Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,953.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-05-M-0040
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-EP3-4136
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD04-EP3
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Jack Salerno
VP of Technology
(978) 694-1006
jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Mary Anne Davoli
Contract Administrator
(978) 694-1006
maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The use of thermoelectric devices as alternative energy sources has been investigated with limited success. Manufacturing costs and limited power generation efficiency have prevented the economical, large-scale production and use of the thermoelectric devices as a viable alternative energy source. Agiltron has proposed an innovative nanostructure-enhanced thermoelectric material that will integrate the synthesis of PbSe nanowires and the fabrication of nanocomposite-enhanced bulk thermoelectric materials. The proposed technologies will include single-phase, highly-crystalline, surface-clean and diameter-controlled PbSe nanowires fabrication; orientation, and densification with ball-milled submicrometer-sized powder of bulk thermoelectric material into nanocomposite-enhanced thermoelectric material through a hotpress technique. The thermoelectric figure of merit of this new nano-composite is predicted to reach ZT = 3 at 300K. This innovative thermoelectric material will have immense application potentials in power generation, energy harvesting, and solid-state cooling and refrigeration.

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