Purdue Projects Receive Navy Funding

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Purdue Mechanical Engineering Professor Kejie Zhao (left) and Industrial Engineering Professor Gary Cheng (right) lead a team focusing on nanotechnology for developing lithium-ion batteries. Purdue Mechanical Engineering Professor Kejie Zhao (left) and Industrial Engineering Professor Gary Cheng (right) lead a team focusing on nanotechnology for developing lithium-ion batteries.
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A partnership between Purdue University and the military is bearing fruit. Six research projects at Purdue have received a share of $2.7 million through the NEPTUNE program. The collaboration kicked off in 2014 and is designed to push forward the U.S. Navy's goal of converting half its energy consumption to alternative sources by 2020.

Purdue Energy Center in Discovery Park Director Maureen McCann chairs the proposal selection committee and says "these interdisciplinary projects came from a diverse lineup of nearly 30 submitted proposals in energy storage, renewable energy technologies, high energy and pulsed power, smart grid, flexible electronics, energy efficiency and systems engineering. The depth of the campus projects was impressive, and the deep engagement this process is creating between Purdue and the U.S. Navy is something we continue to build on."

Each project will receive $450,000. They include:

  • Reliability of Next-Generation Thermal Management Systems for High-Power Naval Electronics
  • Design of Next Generation Renewable Fuels
  • In-Situ Examination of Thermal Runaway in Lithium Ion Batteries under Dynamic Loading and at High Temperatures Using Nanomechanical Raman Spectroscopy
  • Ultra-Wide Bandgap Semiconductor b-Ga2O3 Interface Engineering for Naval Power Electronics Applications via Atomic Layer Epitaxy
  • Laser Assisted Large-Scale Manufacturing of 2D/0D Nanocomposites for High Energy Density and High Power Output Li-ion Batteries
  • Low-Cost Catalyst for Portable Hydrogen Generation and On-Demand Power

The latest round follows $3 million in funding received by the center in 2015 as part of the program's pilot.

You can connect to more about the projects by clicking here.

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