Currently funded research:
Extended-Lifetime Radioisotope Batteries ($728K)
Development and testing of first generation radioisotope batteries consisting of an integrated radioactive source, photovoltaic cell, and a beta-luminescent phosphor.
Integrated Power for Microsystems ($250K)
The purpose of this research is to address a critical technology barrier to the deployment of next generation autonomous microsystems - the availability of efficient and reliable power sources. The vast majority of research on microsystems has been directed toward the development and miniaturization of sensors and other devices that enhance their intelligence, physical, and networking capabilities. However, the research into power generating and power storage technologies has not kept pace with this development. This research focuses on materials for advanced lithium ion batteries, nanostructured photovoltaics, and hybrid betavoltaics to develop reliable power sources for microsystems.