Novel High Temperature Carbide and Boride Ceramics for Direct Power Extraction Electrode Applications


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Florida International University
Website:  Florida International University
Award Number:  FE0026325
Project Duration:  10/01/2015 – 09/30/2019
Total Award Value:  $249,970
DOE Share:  $249,970
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology:  Innovative Energy Concepts
Location:  Miami, FL

Project Description

NETL is partnering with Florida International University to develop nanocarbide and boride ceramic solid solution and related composites via novel synthesis and processing and to understand the fundamental composition processing-structure-property relationships for materials candidates for applications such as hot electrodes for direct power extraction, e.g., magnetic hydrodynamic (MHD) systems. Basic research on new high-temperature ceramic materials, including novel means of synthesis and processing, will be performed. Fundamental knowledge will be developed and leveraged to design direct power extraction applications for cleaner and more efficient power generation using fossil fuels.

Project Benefits

This research will provide insights into how fundamental composition-processing-structure-property relationships will support development of these materials for a broad range of applications from energy to aerospace. This research could significantly impact the development of high- temperature MHD electrodes as well as the fields of advanced ceramics and high-temperature materials science, and could lead to dramatic reductions in the time and energy input during the materials sintering process, resulting in less costly high-temperature ceramic materials.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Maria Reidpath:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Zhe Cheng:

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