NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 H8.04-7232
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Next Generation Batteries
PROPOSAL TITLE: Aerogel-Ionic Liquid Hybrid Electrolytes

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Modification, Inc.
2809-K Merrilee Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031 - 4409
(703) 560-1371

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Krishnaswamy K Rangan
2809-K Marrilee Dr
Fairfax, VA 22031 - 4409
(703) 560-1371 Extension :26

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Tirumalai Sudarshan
2809-K Merrilee Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031 - 4409
(703) 560-1371

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Advanced Next Generation Batteries is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA energy storage requirements for extended human and robotic missions to space require energy generating systems with high specific energy, high volumetric efficiency, greater reliability, reduced parasitic impedance, and low cost/ease of manufacture. Current lithium ion batteries cannot meet the energy requirements of these missions. Lithium-air batteries, where lithium directly reacts with air can potentially have specific energy in the range of in the order 5.2 X 103 Wh kg−1. Realizing such high performance metrics however requires significant advances in component design. The electrolyte to be used in lithium air batteries, for example, must be compatible with lithium metal, and have high ionic conductivity in the order of 10-3 Siemens/cm to achieve the promised performance metrics. MMI proposes a novel aerogel-supported ionic liquid electrolyte with very high ionic conductivity for use as electrolyte in high performance lithium air batteries. With ionic conductance in the range of milli-Siemens/cm, this electrolyte, when combined with appropriate electrodes can potentially be used to fabricate lithium air batteries with specific energies as high as 500 Wh/kg and volumetric energy densities in the order of 700 Wh/L.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Rechargeable batteries are used in numerous NASA applications. NASA's crew exploration vehicles, crew launch vehicles, lunar orbiters, rovers and landers, probes and impactors, astronaut tools and extra vehicular equipment require rechargeable batteries with high energy densities and the lithium air batteries will find use in such missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Lithium ion batteries are ubiquitous now in commercial, industrial, medical and military applications ranging from electronics to vehicular power. Future advanced applications require higher power capacity and batteries that are superior to lithium ion batteries, such as lithium air batteries hold much promise in these applications.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)

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