Awards

$99.3K

Nanoscale Conformable Thermal Interface Materials with Electronically Enhanced Heat Conduction

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF09-BT22
Budget: 07/14/10 - 03/14/11
PI: Ali Dhinojwala

ABSTRACT: Thermal management has become a critical factor in designing the next generation of microprocessors. The current technology is unable to meet the increasing demands. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have excellent heat transport; however, the heat transport across the interface continues to be a challenging hurdle. Here, we have drawn a conne...

$750K

Scalable technology for growth of high quality single crystal gallium nitride

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF08-BT20
Budget: 05/03/10 - 05/03/12
PI: Mark P. D''Evelyn

We propose to demonstrate and advance several key aspects of our novel, scalable ammonothermal technology for growth of high quality single crystal gallium nitride. Specifically, we propose to demonstrate a high growth rate and high crystalline quality, to design and analyze a pilot-scale reactor, and to construct and validate a quantitative mo...

$150K

STTR Phase I: Controlled Phase Separation for Graphic Smart Card Display

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: NM-2010
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10
PI: Tod L. Schneider

This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project shall develop and model phase separating materials for passively-driven graphical displays, which are needed for smart cards that can display graphic images. Nearly all consumer credit cards used today have no functional display. Since the numbers and security codes on the cards cannot be c...

$100K

PAN-based Continuous Nanocomposite Carbon Fibers

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF08-T028
Budget: 09/02/08 - 05/02/09
PI: Dr. Seng C. Tan

The high strength, superior stiffness, and lightweight characteristics of carbon fibers have created enormous interest as reinforcing element for use in various structures of polymer matrix composites. Approximately 90 percent of all commercial carbon fibers are produced from a PAN precursor. The rest are manufactured from pitch and cellulose (r...

$69.8K

Innovative Concepts for Non-Thermal Based Anti-Icing/De-Icing of Rotor Blade Leading Edges

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Navy
Topic: N08-T013
Budget: 07/14/08 - 02/14/09
PI: Dr. Fred Choy

This proposal aims at the development of a low-power deicing system using the newly developed magnetostrictive alloy as functional materials, namely the Ni-Mn-Ga alloy. Present studies have shown that the Ni-Mn-Ga smart alloy does not require excessive input power to operate while an impulsive strain of over 5% can be generated under a load of o...

$500K

STTR Phase II: Metal Oxide Nanofibers for Filter and Catalyst Support Structures

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 2008
Budget: 01/01/08 - 12/31/08
PI: Gary K. Carlson

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project seeks to take advantage of unique performance properties of ceramic nanofiber supported catalysts for applications in automotive, power generation, and chemical process industries. The efficiency of ceramic nanofiber composite materials to capture nano-sized particulates (inorganic ...

$150K

STTR Phase I: Metal Oxide Nanofibers for Filter and Catalyst Support Structures

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 2007
Budget: 01/01/07 - 12/31/07
PI: Gary K. Carlson

The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project will intersperse ceramic nanofibers made from a three-step electrospinning/coating/decomposing process into an array of ceramic microfibers for filtering hot gases up to 1800C , while retaining structural integrity. The ceramic nanofibers offer significant improvements in pa...

$100K

Carbon Nanotube Based Transistors and Opto-Electronic Devices

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF04-T010
Budget: 09/01/04 - 06/01/05
PI: Dr. Bryan Koene

Luna Innovations addresses the US Air Force need to develop flexible transistors and electronic devices to enable fabrication of smart skins and conformal electronic structures. Electronically active organic and polymer materials have been studied extensively for their use in various electronic devices such as transistors, photovoltaics, and li...

$100K

Rapid and Robust Dynamics-Based Nondestructive Method for Aerospace Structural Health Monitoring

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF04-T016
Budget: 08/12/04 - 05/12/05
PI: Dr. Wahyu Lestari

A dynamics-based damage identification technique with aid of smart piezoelectric materials and scanning laser vibrometer is proposed for health monitoring of aerospace structures. The identification technique is developed with closely considerations of implementation of a portable dynamics-based system for on-site use and potential for real-time...

$70K

Optimizing Human Resource Management Models

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Akron

Agency: Navy
Topic: N03-T004
Budget: 07/01/03 - 02/02/04
PI: Dr. Anthony A. Sterns

We propose the study of a new heuristic for the general mixed integer problem called the Neighborhood Covering Heuristic (NCH). We describe the heuristic in its simplest, worst-case form. We then describe three enhancements to the heuristic which, separately and in combination, should yield a practical method for finding solutions. We believe th...

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