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 Phinix,LLCDr. Subodh Das  Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear We have demonstrated (published papers,granted patents and federal grants & contracts)expertise and deep industrial & academic contacts in:

1. Generating electricity from fossil and non-fossil sources
2. Devise Design and commercialization
3. Arpa-e contract grantee and current sub-contractor
4. TEA - Techno-Economic Analysis
5. T2M - Technology to Market
6. Proposal Writing
7. Project team building

We ae looking for partnership opportunities to apply for this FOA as a partner and /or sub-contractor.


Phone: 859-619-8386

Address: P.O. Box 11668, Lexington, KY 40577
 Rutgers UniversityKeivan Esfarjani  Academic Other Energy Technologies I am computational materials scientist with extensive expertise in atomistic modeling of heat transport in materials.
I have developed new methodologies to calculate thermal conductivity and interfacial thermal resistance from first-principles calculations without any need to do fitting. These quantities can also be computed using classical interatomic potentials, but with lesser accuracy.

I also have expertise in heat transfer modeling, electromagnetism and thermodynamics in general.


Phone: 848-445-4759

Address: Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 98 Brett Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
 VizLore LLCDragan Boscovic  Small Business Other Energy Technologies Software Defined network (SDN) which acts as a building’s “nervous system” : senses and coordinates critical processes across different sub-systems (e.g. access control, elevators, heating/cooling, IT/communication etc). SDN principles enable in-building network to be an EDGE COMPUTING Platform connected to an CLOUD COMPUTING Platform for superior integrated experiences

Building SDN Network can be “upgraded” by an Edge processors which in turn enables “occupancy” soft sensors and integration of other hard sensors (temperature, humidity ) data streams into overall control architecture. At the same time the Edge processor acts as a multi-radio GW and integrates other devices (thermostats, lights, heaters/chillers, smart phones ..) into the overall control architecture.


Phone: 224 875 8888

Address: 14 Ambrose Lane, South Barrington IL60010
 CHEMAT TECHNOLOGY INC.Haixing Zheng  Small Business Other Energy Technologies Founded in 1990, Chemat Technology Inc. has established itself as a world leader in the development of advanced materials via sol-gel technologies. Headquartered in Northridge, California, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Chemat moved in 1999 to a 34,100-foot office/industrial building. It’s R&D labs are fully equipped with state-of-the-art analytical and processing equipment. Chemat owns facilities for chemical precursor synthesis, design and manufacturing of equipment, and advanced materials processing and characterization. Chemat has worldwide R&D operations.


Phone: 818-727-9786

Address: 9036 Winnetka Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324
 NEI CorporationDr. Ganesh Skandan  Small Business Other Energy Technologies NEI Corporation is an application-driven company that utilizes nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials. The company’s core competencies are in synthesizing nanoscale materials and prototyping products that incorporate the advanced materials. NEI offers an array of Advanced Protective Coatings for glass, metal, ceramic and polymer surfaces. In addition to being optically transparent, the coatings have tailored functionalities such as hydrophobicity/oleophobicity, condensation control, anti-corrosion, self-healing, scratch resistance, stain resistance and self-cleaning. Further, NEI provides materials research and development services for industry and government customers.

With respect to ARPA-E’s SHIELD program, NEI is interested in partnering with manufacturers of windows, window films, and technology developers in order to complement NEI’s coating technologies.


Phone: 732-868-3141

Address: 400 Apgar Drive, Suite E, Somerset, NJ 08873


Phone: 6465129641

Address: 100 INDIAN ROCKS RD N
 Larson Manufacturing CompanyTodd Stratmoen  Large Business Building Efficiency Larson Manufacturing Company is the United States’ largest manufacturer of storm windows and storm doors, products that are well-established in the energy performance improvement of single-pane windows and doors. With over 50 years in the industry and millions of units installed in the field, Larson is the innovation leader in its product categories with a growing portfolio of over 20 active patents.

Larson serves the residential, multi-family, light commercial, military housing, and historic preservation markets. Larson has also collaborated on and supported numerous research projects and other initiatives related to improving the energy performance of existing single-pane primary windows. Previous and ongoing collaboration efforts include ARRA tax credits for door and window improvements, the DOE Volume Purchase Program, a research project and market transformation study led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a DOE-funded low-E storm window field study, utility incentive pilot programs, and the development of a window attachment rating and certification program through the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC).

Larson’s core capabilities include product design and prototyping expertise, high-volume manufacturing capabilities for fenestration products and attachments including glass panels, experience with window and attachment performance simulation and testing, and commercialization of new product concepts through a strong presence in multiple established market channels across the country.


Phone: (605) 696-6068

Address: 2333 Eastbrook Drive, Brookings, SD 57006


Phone: 6465129641

Address: 100 INDIAN ROCKS RD N
 venture sciencesglenn s. sawai  Small Business Other Energy Technologies developedtechnology center in hawaii,Venture Capital organization
Website: on the way


Phone: 8082242358

Address: 888Iwilei st. #1309
 Lawrence Berkeley Nationa LaboratoryStephen Selkowitz  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Building Efficiency LBNL has served as DOE’s “Core” RD&D lab for Windows and Glazing Systems for over 30 years, addressing all aspects window efficiency solutions, from thin film coatings, to glazings, to windows to integrated façade systems with expertise in 1) advanced materials, 2) optical and thermal test facilities, both lab and field , and 3) simulation models allowing prediction of product properties and annual energy impacts.

Projects have included low E and spectrally selective coatings, aerogel materials, vacuum and multipane/gas-filled IGUs, smart glazings (electrochromic, TC, PC) and daylight redirecting glazings. We developed a unique suite of databases, simulation tools and measurement facilities used by the window industry. Tools characterize device performance from component properties (WINDOW, THERM, Optics, IGDB) and predict window impacts on people and energy use in buildings (EnergyPlus, COMFEN, RESFEN, Radiance). The team accesses world-class materials science characterization capabilities at the Molecular Foundry, MSD, and CSD and operates a versatile coatings lab with PVD and solution based deposition capabilities, including multilayers and nanocomposites.

We measure the thermal and solar optical properties of samples from 1 cm to 3 m scale with indoor and outdoor test beds: 1) Optics lab to characterize specular or diffusing coating over a full spectral range (UV-VIS-IR), 2) Infrared thermography lab to spatially map heat flow in a window system; 3) Mobile Window Thermal Test facility for outdoor testing using side-by-side calorimetric test chambers; 4) Advance Façade Test Facility for small office space façade, shading, daylighting integration testing, and 5) FLEXLAB- side by side outdoor testing of glazing impacts on cooling and lighting.

Current technologies that are being developed or tested for industry partners include smart glazings with dynamic solar control, solar control films, smart shades and blinds, highly insulating glazings and window frames, insulating window attachments, active ventilating windows, and daylight redirecting optical systems. In addition to its core DOE R&D role, other federal, state and private companies fund fenestration-related R&D e.g. EPA’s Energy Star windows assessment, GSA’s Green Proving Ground, field testing of emerging techfor utilities and building owners, and supporting National Fenestration Rating Council and the Attachment Energy Rating Council in their rating programs.


Phone: 510 486 5064

Address: MS 90-3111, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720
 The University of TulsaTodd Otanicar  Academic Other Energy Technologies Dr. Otanicar and his lab specialize in the design of nanostructures for controlled heat transfer. Of particular interest is controlling radiative and optical properties with nanoparticle suspensions and thin films. As such he has been a PI on NSF and ARPAE projects relating to this area, and is developing a concentrating solar technology based on nanoparticle suspensions, with specific emphasis on tailoring the optical properties for high infrared absorptance and high visible transmittance. He has also served as DOE FAST Faculty Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Lab in the Commercial Buildings System Group and has experience with energy modeling for buildings.


Phone: 9183613148

Address: 800 South Tucker Drive -
 Fraunhofer CSEDr. Jan Kosny  Non-Profit Building Efficiency The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is an applied research and development laboratory that provides R&D and related services for industry and government clients with a focus in building energy technologies, solar photovoltaics, distributed electrical energy systems, start-up assistance, and technical validation. Our mission is to foster economic development through the commercialization of clean energy technologies for the benefit of society.


Phone: 617-714-6525

Address: 5 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
 ArupMark Bowers  Large Business Other Energy Technologies Arup are an independent firm of designers, engineers, planners, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services in the built environment. Arup work on all scale of projects from small residential buildings to 70 story towers and giant observation wheels to large infrastructure projects on every continent. In working on these projects Arup look to bring together broad minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourage them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms.
Working in the built environment Arup offer a wide variety of services including engineering design, architecture and planning services. Along with this offering Arup offer specialist services including, building envelope design, acoustics, sustainability, materials consulting, lighting design and occupant comfort among others. These specialist services can be broken down further such as the materials offering which deals with both architectural materials (glass, ceramics, stone etc.) and the structural materials (steel, concrete etc.)
Being a partnership gives Arup the freedom to innovate and conduct research that looks at the longer term needs of the built environment. Arup have a history of using this broad range of services and freedom of partnership to take products from concept through to market including bespoke façade and flooring systems, stadium seats and lighting units. Along with the engineering, planning and specialism teams Arup have they have teams dedicated to research, foresight and innovation.


Phone: +1 212 896 3092

Address: c/o Arup, 77 Water Street, New York, NY10005
 Kent State University, Liquid Crystal InstituteHiroshi Yokoyama, Ph.D. Director & Professor  Academic Other Energy Technologies The Glenn Brown Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI), Kent State University, has 50 years of history of innovation in the basic and applied research on liquid crystal materials and devices. Consisting of more than 14 senior faculty members and over 50 graduate students, the LCI is still the world's most comprehensive academic research center dedicated to the study of liquid crystals.

Liquid crystals are smart optical materials that respond ultra-sensitively to external stimuli and bring about colossal variation in their optical characteristics as demonstrated in the LCD TVs. Particularly relevant to the present interest is its ability to control ambient light either spontaneously or under an external command. Polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC), the proprietary technology developed by the LCI, can switch between opaque and clear states and are now commercially available as privacy windows.

Recently developed liquid crystal foams are to endow liquid crystals with an additional value of thermal insulation. Liquid crystals are inherently superior foaming materials without any additives. The molecular thin walls separating the gas bubbles open up a possibility to develop an optically transparent foam, which can be retro fit to existing building windows.

Liquid crystals, based on the guest-host effect and polymer dispersion, can offer a wide variety of optical effects to optimally control the light passage through windows over a wide spectral range from infrared to near UV. Liquid crystals can be driven at an extremely low power consumption. There are rich variety of structural changes that maintain their morphology exhibiting different optical effects (such as opacity and transparency) with the absolute zero energy consumption. Liquid crystal elastomers (rubbers) have a capability to change their shape in response to light and heat absorption, thereby opening an alternative path to approach the present goal.

The LCI has been collaborating with local, international and global companies and research institutions. For this particular project, we should be able to assemble a strong and tightly connected team of best partners with the needed expertise in materials and manufacturing.


Phone: 330-672-2633

Address: 1425 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, OH 44242
 Aerogel Lab of Union CollegeMary Carroll/Ann Anderson  Academic Other Energy Technologies The Aerogel Lab of Union College is a joint chemistry-mechanical engineering initiative that has been funded by a series of grants from the NSF. Union College researchers have developed and patented a novel rapid supercritical extraction (RSCE) process for fabricating monolithic aerogels, a one-step supercritical extraction process that takes place in as little as three hours. The group has performed extensive studies of silica RSCE aerogels in order to gain a fundamental understanding of the RSCE process, investigate the effect of process variables on aerogel properties, and develop predictive tools for modeling and characterization of RSCE aerogel mechanical properties. The Union RSCE process offers significant potential advantages for cost effectively preparing monolithic silica aerogel materials in forms suited to practical applications. The Aerogel Lab houses fabrication and characterization equipment including the hydraulic hot presses used for the RSCE process, critical point dryers and instruments for measuring pore size distributions, surface area, skeletal density, thermal conductivity and mechanical strength. The group also has access to additional instrumentation (UV/Visible and IR absorption, SEM, AFM) in shared laboratories at Union College. Lab co-directors Anderson and Carroll have extensive experience working with aerogel materials. They have co-authored 2 book chapters, 15 peer-reviewed journal publications, 4 conference publications and dozens of presentations related to aerogels.


Phone: 518-388-6336

Address: Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308
 Sunthru LLCBK Keramati  Small Business Building Efficiency Sunthru LLC was founded to develop and commercialize monolithic silica-aerogel-based, high-performance window products for residential and commercial markets. Aerogel-based window products prepared via the Union College rapid supercritical extraction (RSCE) method have the potential to be transformative to the fenestration industry, due both to the high translucency and low thermal conductivity of the monolithic aerogel materials and the particular advantages of the patented fabrication method employed. High R-values are achievable with monolithic aerogels, and Sunthru believes the unique patented RSCE process could lead to acceptable product cost, resulting in a competitive product that yields significant savings in net energy. In NSF-funded Phase 1 STTR work, Sunthru partnered with researchers in the Aerogel Lab of Union College to produce a set of window prototypes that demonstrate the applicability of these products to daylighting. Packaged prototype systems, each consisting of a 0.5-in thick silica aerogel monolith sandwiched between polycarbonate sheets, have R values of ~5 hr sqft °F/BTU and light transmission of ~85% at 700 nm.


Phone: 518-588-9011

Address: 27 Granite St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
 InfoscitexDavid Goncalves  Large Business Other Energy Technologies Infoscitex is a dynamic corporation committed to excelling in the Defense, Aerospace, Human Factors, and Security markets. We have an established reputation for developing smart, effective, solutions that meet the unique requirements of our varied customers.

Infoscitex has developed a robust portfolio of intellectual property and technical capabilities that are leveraged in our support of the DoD, OGAs, intelligence community, and select private-sector customers. Our objective is to bring best-in-class solutions to gracefully solve hard problems. Core technical capabilities include:

Material Science
IST has expertise developing a variety of materials-based solutions including glass materials, electroactive polymers, anti-tamper materials, electrospinning, armor and composites.

In-house polymer synthesis, organic and inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry facilities and expertise are leveraged to design, develop and scale up to meet customer specifications.

IST Develops and delivers solutions that leverage computational resources to perform heavy-lifting, enabling end users to focus on analysis and reporting

Modeling and Simulation
Physical modeling capabilities include fluid dynamics, heat transfer, three dimensional CAD and integrated solutions

Mechanical Engineering
IST can develop advanced mechanical, electromagnetic and electro-mechanical systems for its customers.

Wearable Technology
IST unique capabilities include the design of embedded power and data electrical networks, wearable antennas, chem/bio protection and dexterity enhancement.

Intel Production
IST supports national intelligence customers in a number of areas within the Intelligence Cycle, including systems development and engineering, mission management, data analytics and reporting.


Phone: 7814196399

Address: 295 Foster Street
 University of Texas at AustinDelia Milliron  Academic Building Efficiency My research group has experience developing energy efficient window coatings, including dynamic coatings (electro- and thermochromic) and materials suitable for static coatings (low emissivity or solar control).Our core expertise is in low-cost (solution, low-temperature processable) inorganic materials with designer optical and electronic properties. We have developed diverse compositions of doped metal oxide nanocrystals that can selectively block/transmit different bands of solar and thermal radiation, suitable for integration into window retrofit films. I have been funded by ARPA-E previously (and successfully) for the development of electrochromic windows.


Phone: 512-232-5702

Address: 200 E. Dean Keeton St., Stop C0400, Austin, TX 78704
 Phinix, LLCDr. Subodh Das  Small Business Other Energy Technologies Having been a past and current recipient of ARPA-e grants,we want to team up with interested organizations who are in preparation stage of a proposal. I can help with Techno-Economic Analysis(TEA) and Technology-to-Market(T2M) tasks. I am a Material Engineer with PhD,P.E., MBA and 40 years of industrial, academic and entrepreneurial and public & private contract( research experience. I have commercialized many technologies.


Phone: 859-619-8386

Address: P.O. Box 11668 , Lexington, KY 40577
 University of Colorado, Department of Physics, RASEI, MSEIvan Smalyukh  Academic Building Efficiency We develop plasmonic nano particle based smart windows, both active and passive, which can take forms of thin plastic films with embedded nanoparticles and can achieve independent control of window transparence in visible and infrared spectral ranges. Our research group web page is here: We are seeking partners in industry, national labs and academia to jointly pursue the goals of the SHIELD program.

Email: Ivan.Smalyukh@Colorado.EDU

Phone: 303-492-7277

Address: 1465 Ithaca Drive
 Sandia National LaboratoriesPaul Clem  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies Sandia National Laboratories is a Federally Funded Research & Development Center, with expertise in materials synthesis, optical materials characterization, materials structural modeling, and multiphysics modeling of optical, thermal and mechanical properties. Partners are sought to leverage these capabilities toward tailored energy efficient window applications. Specific capabilities in the materials and process sciences center include:

Materials and Process Modeling:
Sandia develops and implements models of materials and processes that link the processing of materials with their performance via their microstructure. Sandia also develops and deploys models for extraction of information during materials processing, culminating in the development of real-time process monitoring capabilities. Materials of interest include ceramics, glasses, composites, and polymers.

Films and Coatings:
Sandia has unique expertise for depositing films and coatings through sol-gel techniques, roll-to-roll processing, sputter deposition and other vapor phase techniques (CVD, MOCVD, PLD, MBE). Sandia experience with and detailed understanding of these techniques are the basis of a unique capability for depositing specialized and highly optimized films and coatings of a wide variety of materials.

Aging and Reliability:
Sandia performs rapid analyses and provides solutions to materials production and service problems for energy-related materials. Problems are addressed by technical teams in the areas of forensic materials analysis, ceramic, polymer, optical & electronic materials, and processing sciences. Areas of expertise include: 1) materials characterization and testing; 2) failure analysis; 3) rapid analysis and solution of materials production and service problems; 4) optical and infrared properties of materials; and 5) aging of organics.


Phone: 505-845-7544

Address: PO Box 8500, MS 1411, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1411
 Kansas State UniversityLiang-Wu Cai  Academic None of the above My main expertise areas lie in modeling of mechanical, thermal and acoustical properties of structures. More relevant to the project includes the following experiences:

1) Modeling steady-state and transient thermal processes in multi-layered structures, with a few publications in the area for thermographic non-destructive testing and evaluation;

2) Structural acoustic tailoring for noise or acoustic signature reduction purposes, especially with regard to using anisotropic layered structures, and using conventional isotropic materials to mimic anisotropic materials in order to achieve the desired acoustic property for the noise reduction or even acoustic cloaking; and

3) General analytical and numerical modeling of all mechanical aspects of structures, from static, dynamic to vibrational characteristics.


Phone: 785-532-5619

Address: 3051 Rathbone Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
 Center for Sustainable Building ResearchGarrett Mosiman  Academic Building Efficiency In 1997, the Building Research Group was established in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and later became the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) in the newly formed College of Design. Through research, outreach and education, the Center for Sustainable Building Research is engaged in the transformation of the built environment. Working with other research entities within the University as well as public and private organizations is critical to CSBR's mission. CSBR serves as a resource for State of Minnesota, the design professions, the building industry, and the general public. CSBR staff consists of seven employees with architecture backgrounds and one administrator.

CSBR has collaborated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct research and produce a comprehensive set of design assistance tools on selecting energy-efficient windows for both residential and commercial window markets. Products include tools, books, fact sheets, and web sites ( and for windows in residential and commercial buildings. This work included writing two books, Window Systems for High Performance Buildings and Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance. Funded by the US Department of Energy, windows and glazing projects at CSBR span the period of 1997-2014.

CSBR receives funding from a wide range of sources. In the last five years these include:

• Federal: Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
• State and local government: University of Minnesota, IREE, and MNSCU; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Housing, Minnesota Departments of Administration, Commerce, Transportation, and Natural Resources; Hennepin, Dakota and other metro counties; the Cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth.
• Additional: McKnight Foundation, Wilder Foundation, Target Corporation, 3M Corporation, Xcel Energy, Green Communities Program, US Green Building Council, Green Building Initiative, Yonsei University Center for Sustainable Housing, Athena Institute


Phone: 612.207.9698

Address: 1425 University Av SE, Suite 115, Minneapolis MN 55455
 Aspen Aerogels, Inc.Shannon White  Small Business Building Efficiency Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is a leading energy technology company providing innovative aerogel-based thermal management solutions to the $2.8 billion energy insulation market. Aspen’s commercially available aerogel insulation blankets are up to five times more effective than traditional insulation materials, while being industrially robust across a broad temperature range in a space-saving, easy-to-use form, making it the most efficient industrial insulation on the market. Our products are used by leading global companies in key energy market segments including Refining, Petrochemical, LNG, Power, and Subsea.

Aerogels, which were discovered in the 1930’s, have been considered as the ideal material to use for highly insulated windows and have been widely investigated since the 1980’s. A novel, highly insulating, transparent aerogel material is needed to realize the goals of the SHIELD program. Aspen has prepared hydrophobic aerogels with visible light transmission as high as 94% per cm.


Phone: 508-691-1175

Address: 30 Forbes Rd., Bldg. B, Northborough, MA 01532
 SRI InternationalBarbara Heydorn  Non-Profit Other Energy Technologies SRI International has broad expertise materials science, optics, and engineering. Specific expertise includes simulation and synthesis of optical materials and coatings, thermal and optical modeling of windows, and window performance and lifetime testing capabilities. Our staff of 2,200 work in partnership with clients to invent, scale-up and commercialize promising technologies developed by SRI, brought to us by clients, or developed in partnership with clients. One SRI team seeks an industrial partner in window film design and manufacturing to scale up the fabrication of a novel material under development at SRI, enhancing its performance and durability as a window film by employing UV and IR reflective layers, and proving its manufacturability. Other SRI scientists are available to support promising projects from other teams submitting to SHIELD.


Phone: 650 859 5717

Address: 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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