SBIR Phase II: Lithium Reservoir Nanocarbons for Lithium Ion Batteries

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0548708
Agency Tracking Number: 0419757
Amount: $462,455.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 03-535
Small Business Information
P O Box 579, Cedarville, OH, 45314
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Jacobsen
 (937) 865-4046
Business Contact
 Marty Rochon
Title: Mr
Phone: (937) 766-2020
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop Li-ion battery anodes that exploit the unique morphology of low cost carbon nanofibers (CNF). Primary efforts will focus on reduction of irreversible capacity, through a variety of nanofiber surface modification techniques, characterization of the upper limits of anode discharge rate, and development of a new type of compound anode material that combines CNF with elements that form high energy alloys of lithium. The latter effort has the potential to combine the high rate capability of CNF with the higher operation voltage of alloys in a manner that synergistically increases the reversible capacity of both components of the compound anode. Safe, rechargeable, inexpensive Li-ion batteries are enjoying a growing customer base in diverse markets from consumer electronics to space vehicles. The unique morphology of carbon nanofibers and the fact that these materials can readily be transitioned into an existing client base of Li-ion battery producers and users, holds great promise for this cutting-edge research.

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