STTR Phase I:Printable flexible TiO2 photoanodes for solar energy conversion and hydrogen generation

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740447
Agency Tracking Number: 0740447
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
204 EDISON WAY, RENO, NV, 89502
DUNS: 103319872
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Coleman
 MS
 (775) 858-3788
 mcoleman@altairnano.com
Business Contact
 Michael Coleman
Title: MS
Phone: (775) 858-3788
Email: mcoleman@altairnano.com
Research Institution
 Rutgers University
 Aurelien DuPasquier
 3 Rutgers Plaza
ASB III, 2nd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
 (732) 932-6850
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project focuses on the production of a flexible, low cost, solar cell which can be used for the conversion of solar radiation to electricity or hydrogen. The proposed work will involve working on increasing the efficiency of the dye sensitized solar cell by increasing the connectivity of the anatase network in a low temperature scalable process. Over the course of this work, solar cells with power conversion efficiency greater than 5% will be developed. Concurrently optimization of these electrodes for use in a photoelectrochemical cell for hydrogen production will occur. Dye sensitized solar cells have not become a major player in the solar market partly because of the low efficiencies that have been achieved to date with low-cost flexible substrates. The technology being pursued will both increase the efficiency of the cell and reduce the cost of production, a combination that will directly compete with other solar harvesting platforms. In addition to the use in electricity production, the proposed technology has the potential to expand quickly to hydrogen generation for transportation needs.

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