Awards

$99.9K

Development of a Butanol Fuel Processor for Person-Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Army
Topic: A10A-T009
Budget: 10/15/10 - 04/13/11
PI: Stephen Jolly

FuelCell Energy, Inc., in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, is proposing to develop an innovative fuel processor for person-portable fuel cell power system applications. The system will be designed to reform butanol into a hydrogen-rich stream suitable for use in a low-temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The tec...

$100K

Topological Data Analysis and Wide Area Detection of Chemical and Biological Contamination

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Army
Topic: A10A-T020
Budget: 09/27/10 - 03/29/11
PI: Daniel Kling

Topological data analysis is a new mathematical method used to study these massive data sets that arise in a variety of situations including military operations and national security. The use of passive infrared sensors for a wide area detection system involving chemical and biological contaminants produces massive amounts of hyperspectral imag...

$100K

Aerosol Jet Printing of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Transistors on Plastic Substrate

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF09-BT26
Budget: 05/26/10 - 02/26/11
PI: Michael J. Renn

Aerosol Jet printing is proposed as a method for printing large area, CNT-based transistor arrays on flexible substrate. The teaming relationship combines expertise in high resolution printing along with device and materials expertise. All semiconductor, dielectric, and conductive materials comprising the TFTs will be solution processed and pr...

$100K

Extending Measurements of Atmospheric Nano-Particle Chemistry to 2 nm

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 32 C-2010
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10
PI: Unavailable

Atmospheric aerosols influence the global radiation balance through direct scattering, and perhaps more importantly, through modification of the earth

$150K

STTR Phase I: In Situ Cyanide Monitoring in Gold Mine Effluents

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: MS-2010
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10
PI: Jon D. Thompson

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project addresses the unmet analytical needs for monitoring cyanide leaching of gold, a process widely used in the mining industry to refine gold ores. The goal is to establish the feasibility of sensors that permit the selective measurement of free and complexed cyanide in the cyanide leach...

$742K

Reactive Flash Volatilization JP-8 Reformer

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Army
Topic: A08-T023
Budget: 12/31/09 - 12/31/11
PI: Dr. Darin A. Knaus

Compact, efficient, and sustainable electric power generators are needed to provide electric power for deployed military operations. In order to meet logistical requirements, the military is seeking to convert combustion-powered systems to a common fuel:

$70K

Biofuels Production From Nonedible Bio-oils

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Navy
Topic: N09-T034
Budget: 06/29/09 - 04/30/10
PI: Dr. Shi-Hau Own

Various efforts to develop biofuels from renewable biomass have been explored. Biofuels made through transesterification processes have the following drawbacks: (1) high freezing point (2) poor cold flow properties (3) poor thermal oxidation stability. Fischer Tropsch chemistry for biomass conversion involves too many unit operations and is cost...

$69.9K

Robust Optimization of Mission Effectiveness in Challenging Winds

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: Navy
Topic: N09-T025
Budget: 06/29/09 - 04/30/10
PI: Brian Capozzi

Due to their relatively small size, small, tactical unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are capable of flying close to and providing observation/tracking of targets, with relatively small chance of being seen or heard. However, their small size and achievable speeds increases their sensitivity to the effects of atmospheric disturbances such as winds. ...

$150K

STTR Phase I: Chemical Sensors for In situ Monitoring of Collector Chemicals in Complex Copper Mine Effluents

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 2009
Budget: 01/01/09 - 12/31/09
PI: Jon D. Thompson

This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project addresses unmet analysis needs of froth flotation, a separations process widely used in the mining industry to separate worthless gangue from desired mineral particles. The goal of this...

$499K

STTR Phase II: Superhydrophobic Coatings for Water Repelling and Corrosion Control

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of Minnesota

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 2009
Budget: 01/01/09 - 12/31/09
PI: Laurie Lawin

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project will develop a superhydrophobic nanotextured coating that is highly water repelling and anti-corrosive. The coating will be applied to specific hearing aid surfaces (i.e., microphone ports, receiver, joints, battery, and case) to impart a water resistant barrier that repels moisture...

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