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Manufacture of aluminum nanoparticles for increasing energy density in fuels

University of Central Florida, Florida, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Aluminum nanoparticles are promising additives for fuels due to their high energy density. Currently their implementation is limited by difficulties in manufacturing dispersed particles safely. This invention solves this by forming the aluminum nanoparticles from chemical precursors synthesized directly in the fuel itself, by use of a novel polymer-conjugated catalyst.

Primary Application Area: Aerospace & Defense

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Existing production methods for nano-aluminum suffer from difficulties of manufacture, safety hazards, and increasing % aluminum oxide content as the particle size decreases. UCF’s patented technology eliminates these problems by keeping the process entirely in solution and, at critical stages, coating the particles to prevent oxidation and activation.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 724

Website: tt.research.ucf.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Technology developed under a subcontract through Texas A&M which was funded by the DOD Missile Defense Agency. The funding dates are 03/15/11 through 03/15/14.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners