Advanced Materials for Electrochemical Storage/Conversion Devices
T/J Technologies, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI
T/J Technologies specializes in the design, development, and commercialization of nanostructured materials. Products that benefit from such materials include ultracapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, and chemical sensors.
For NASA, T/J Technologies is developing high surface area transition metal nitrides and carbides for use in ultracapacitors. Because of their high conductivities and open microstructures, these electrodes can be used to produce ultracapacitors with lower resistances and higher power densities than devices based on commercially available carbon electrodes.
- Included in 1999 top-ten fastest-growing companies in Michigan.
- 2000 Department of Defense Nunn-Perry Award winner with Lockheed Martin.
- Black Enterprise magazine’s Business Innovator of the Year (1998).
- 1999 Product or the Year (ultracapacitor) by Michigan Small Business Association.
- NASA Glenn Garrett Morgan Commercialization Award.
- Improving the market demands of portable electronics: longer run times; smaller, lighter devices; more features in tight places; rapid recharge; etc.
- Developing a new class of tin-based anode materials for implementation in rechargeable lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries. These innovative anode materials hold promise for energy densities twice those of carbon-based anode materials. Their use will significantly increase the energy densities of rechargeable batteries used in portable electronics, motor vehicles, and defense/aerospace applications, a combined $15Billion market.
- Ultracapacitor applications: wireless communication devices, portable electronics, automotive subsystems, and uninterrupted power supplies.
- Fuel-cell applications: Have developed lower cost electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cells. Fuel cells could provide power to facilities, vehicles, and portable electronics.
Ultracapacitors developed for cell phone and military applications. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.)
- GOVERNMENT/SCIENCE APPLICATIONS
- Potential for satisfying power requirements for microgavity payloads for Space Station.
- Participated in Mentor Protégé Program with Air Force and Lockheed Martin to develop ultracapacitors as energy and power sources for defense applications.
- Awarded contracts from NASA, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Air Force, Army, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation.
- Fuel-cell applications in space and military transport and test vehicles.
Marshall Space Flight Center
Subtopic 10.03, Energy Storage and Electrochemical Power Systems
Contacts: MSFC, Tom Knight; 256-544-5353
T/J Technologies: Maria Thompson; 734-213-1637
1999 Phase 3; NAS8-99109