NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-F3.08-7113 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 035894)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Solar Power Generation and Power Management
PROPOSAL TITLE:Nanostructured electrodes for Solar Power Generation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Modification Inc
2721-D Merrilee Drive
Fairfax ,VA 22031 - 4429
(703) 560 - 1371

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
T S Sudarshan
sudarshan@matmod.com
2721-D Merrilee Drive
Fairfax ,VA  22031 -4429
(703) 560 - 1371
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The key to achieving high-power solar arrays for NASA applications is the development of high-efficiency, thin-film solar cells that can be fabricated directly on flexible, lightweight, polymer/plastic substrates. Current thin-film cell fabrication approaches are limited by either the ultimate efficiency that can be achieved with the device material and structure or the requirement for high-temperature deposition processes, especially of the transparent conducting electrode, which are incompatible with all presently known flexible polyimide or other polymer substrate materials. In this proposed R&D effort Materials Modification, Inc. will develop a novel, low-temperature and cost-effective technique for the preparation of nanostructured thin films of a transparent conducting oxide, for use as electrodes in Plastic solar cells.. In addition, a prototype plastic Heterojunction solar cell will be fabricated with this nanostructured material as an electrode instead of the conventional ITO, and the superiority of this system will be established

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Lightweight solar arrays for powering space applications

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Industrial and domestic power generation