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Meet the Innovators: PolyMaterials App LLC

2019 NASA iTech Cycle II Finalist:
PolyMaterials App LLC of Tampa, Florida

Innovation:
Supercapacitors designed for applications ranging from consumer electronics to hybrid motor vehicles, power grids and large appliances as well as power devices for space exploration.

What is your technology?
PolyMaterials is developing a prototype supercapacitor, which is suited for consumer electronics, toys, medical devices and many other uses. We are also laying the groundwork for a supercapacitor that’s capable of the higher voltages that hybrid motor vehicles, power grid, space and large appliance applications require. Our devices can be recharged in seconds instead of hours and deliver higher power than batteries. These features make them ideal for space exploration.

What should people know about your team?
We are based in the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator at the University of South Florida. The incubator gives us access to advanced research equipment and has helped us find talented engineering interns. The Florida Small Business Consulting and Training Resource Center is assisting with the commercialization of our technology.

The inventor of our technology, Dr. Manoj Kumar Ram, has been working on supercapacitors for more than 15 years. He’s also advised and graduated five Ph.D. students on groundbreaking work related to supercapacitor technology.

What do you look forward to most about the NASA iTech forum?
We look forward to illustrating the practical application of PolyMaterials' technology breakthroughs and finding ways to commercialize our supercapacitor for space applications.

This information was provided by PolyMaterials App LLC. NASA iTech is a year-long effort to find innovative ideas that could address challenges facing space exploration. Ten competition finalists will present their ideas Oct. 7-8, 2019, at a NASA iTech forum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. At the culmination of the forum, three winning teams will be selected and recognized during a non-monetary awards ceremony.

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