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Company Information:

Name: Materials & Electrochemical Research (ME
Address: 7960 S. Kolb Rd.
Tucson, AZ
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $820,421.00 8
SBIR Phase II $1,749,992.00 2
STTR Phase I $399,996.00 4

Award List:

High Temperature Acid Resistant Balloon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eugene Dyadko, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A Venus mission will require a vehicle for atmospheric exploration and to transport the samples from the Venus surface to the top of the atmosphere. For this purpose it is reasonable (due to the high density of the Venus atmosphere) to use inflatable balloons, which occupy minimal space in the… More

A Low Cost Continuous Process to Produce Magnet Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James C. Withers, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The current processes to produce Nd-Fe-B alloy powders for producing high magnetic strength permanent magnets for application in electric traction motors for use in electric vehicles requires a significant number of steps resulting in high cost as well as 96.8% supply of Nd-Fe-B which is controlled… More

Catalyst Arrays in Nanopatterned Carbon Substrates for Carbon Nanotube-Based Ultra-Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Raouf O. Loutfy, President – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
Electrochemical ultracapacitors offer significant promise in bridging the performance gap between batteries and capacitors. Due to their high power density and capability for repeated charging or discharging in seconds for millions of cycles, ultracapacitors are essential to power level smoothing… More

Rapid Additive Manufacturing of Very Low Cost 3-Dimensional Titanium Alloy Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Roger Storm, Senior Vice-President – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The designers, manufacturers, and end users of metal components are finding limitations in the performance that can be achieved with conventional steel and super alloys. As a result, they are increasingly turning to titanium (Ti) alloys, which can provide a substantial increase in performance. … More

Using a Novel Family of Electrolytes to Extend the Safety and Temperature Range of Li-ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Raouf O. Loutfy, President – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $90,424.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The increasingly demanding mission requirements placed on Air Force applications have necessitated the use of higher energy density and higher power density storage systems capable of safe operation over a broader temperature range. MER Corporation and the University of Arizona are… More

Process Improvements for the Production of Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Juan Sepulveda, VP Technical Marketing – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Navy Phase I SBIR Program proposes to scale up MER"s window technology to make large, strong, monolithic windows from spinel polycrystalline ceramic. The concept described in this proposal presents a solution to the Navy need for durable, monolithic,

Low Cost Manufacturing of the Ballistic Resistant Transparent Spinel Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Sekyung Chang, Senior Research Engineer – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $119,999.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR program will develop the ballistic resistant transparent spinel windows for armored vehicles. The ballistic resistant transparent spinel (magnesium aluminate spinel, MgAl2O4) windows should have high mechanical properties (strength and hardness) and the optical quality and… More

Process Improvements for the Production of Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Juan Sepulveda, VP Technical Marketing – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $749,992.00
Abstract:
This Navy Phase I SBIR Program main objective was to scale up MER"s window technology to make large, strong, monolithic windows from spinel polycrystalline ceramic up to 18"x22"during Phase I and up to 21.5"x37"during Phase II. The window manufacturing concept pursued in… More

Direct Digital Fabrication and Characterization of New Low Cost Titanium Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Roger Storm, Senior Vice-President – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I program, MER will work with Prof. James Williams of Ohio State University (OSU) to identify and fabricate new titanium alloys of interest to the Navy. The alloys will be fabricated using a low cost DDM process in place at MER which utilizes a plasma transferred arc welding torch as… More

Improved Flotation Separation of Rare Earth Ore

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: David Thweatt, Engineer – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Jinhong Zhang
Abstract:
MER and the University of Arizona (U of A) will carry out a multi-scale investigation on the flotation of Mountain Pass ore at different aqueous conditions, such as collector type and dosage, auxiliary reagent, and temperature. Froth flotation has been ap

Transformational and Environmentally Efficient Electrochemical and Hydrometallurgy Recovery of Rhenium from Secondary Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: James C. Withers, C.E.O. – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Brent Hiskey
Abstract:
The goal of this research is to investigate transformational and environmentally efficient electrochemical and hydrometallurgical methods for extraction and recovery of rhenium from recycled superalloys or other rhenium-containing materials. The primary f

Industrial Production Methods for Ultra-High-Strength Fibers based on Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Raouf O. Loutfy, President – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Elizabeth H. Adams
Abstract:
This proposal seeks to develop a viable, cost-effective industrial technique for production of ultrastrong, flexible and tough carbon fibers composed of double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) combined with a small amount of polymer matrix, based on a continuous process for manufacturing these… More

Investment Cast Net Shaped Complex Lubricating Channels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sharly Ibrahim, Senior Mechanical Enginee – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Producing complex net shape, narrow, long, and curved lubrication channels within the body of an investment cast article using controlled solidification investment casting (CSIC) process is a technically challenging problem. MER is proposing a novel technology to resolve the CSIC technical… More

Novel Advanced High-Density Materials for Hypersonic Nosetips

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Withers, C.E.O. – (520) 574-1980
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Future hypersonic sea-level launch systems require high-density nosetips that can handle extreme heat loads in highly oxidizing conditions, survive>30 kg axial mechanical loads,>10 kg transverse balloting loads, thermal shock from surface temperature rise of 2000°C/sec from a Mach 8 launch… More