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HighT-Tech is leading a new ARPA-E OPEN 2021 project with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University to create scalable manufacturing processes of high-entropy alloy catalysts (HEA) for ammonia oxidation with enhanced catalytic activity, selectivity and stability.
The catalysts can potentially reduce the use of precious metals, enhance energy efficiency, and improve the economic and environmental impact of chemical industries.
11/2021, R&D WORLD
Our study on UHS rapid sintering (Science 2020) has won a prestigious 2021 R&D 100 Award in the Process/Prototyping category.
Established in 1963, the R&D 100 Awards is the only S&T (science and technology) awards competition that recognizes new commercial products, technologies and materials for their technological significance that are available for sale or license. The R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors.
The Spinoff Prize 2021, a Nature Research Award has been awarded to HighT-Tech for its next-generation discovery platform to address an important technical bottleneck in industrial catalyst development.
HighT-Tech proved itself as a company with world-class scientific foundations. The technique to use alloys addresses the technical and expensive bottleneck the sector currently faces, significantly reducing the risk of technological or commercial failure.
HighT-Tech is participating a new ARPA-E project with UMD to leverage a newly invented, ultrafast high-temperature sintering (UHS) method to perform fast exploration of new environmental-thermal barrier coatings (ETBCs) for 1300°C (2372 °F)-capable refractory alloys for harsh turbine environments. UHS enables ultrafast synthesis of high-melting oxide coatings, including multilayers, in less than a minute, enabling rapid evaluation of novel coating compositions. By using UHS with fast-fail tests and modeling and analytics tools, the team will be able to explore hundreds of compositions and coating architectures to design and optimize 1700°C (3092 °F)-capable ETBCs with different layer sequences, thicknesses, porosity levels, and novel compositions.
Pipe-in-Pipe by Rapid, Continuous, Smart Alloy Coating
HighT-Tech is participating a new ARPA-E project with UMD to develop a smart alloy coating for use in pipe-in-pipe configurations with the patented high-temperature sintering process.
A novel smart alloy coating is rapidly sintered with a high-temperature Joule heating bar directly from the alloy powders in approximately 10 seconds. The coating can be scaled to meet commercial market demands due to its high sintering density, mechanical strength, and self-healing properties.
09/2020, R&D WORLD
Our study on high entropy alloy catalysts (Science 2018) has won a prestigious 2020 R&D 100 Award in the Mechanical/Materials category.
This renowned worldwide competition, now in its 58th year, received entries from 19 countries and regions. This year, the judging panel grew to include nearly 50 well-respected industry professionals across the globe, including new judges in places such as Australia, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.
Ammonia synthesis reactions, enabled by the Haber-Bosch process, account for approximately 3% of the world’s total energy use. HighT-Tech proposes a cascade reactor with a sequence of non- platinum group metals catalyst compositions tailored to a specific stage of the synthesis reaction.
HighT-Tech’s novel, direct joule (electric current) heating process enables synthesizing high entropy alloy nanoparticles with various catalyst compositions. This method will produce ammonia synthesis catalysts that deliver more ammonia per pass and require significantly less capital cost and energy to operate.
Science Cover Article on Ultrafast High Temperature Sintering (UHS)
Our paper “A general method to synthesize and sinter bulk ceramics in seconds. (Science 2020, 368, 521-526.)” led by the Co-Founders of HighT-Tech LLC is selected as the cover image for Science, which introduces an ultrafast high-temperature sintering (UHS) process for the fabrication of ceramic materials by radiative heating.
Science Cover Article on High Temperature Thermal Shock Synthesis
Our paper “Carbothermal Shock Synthesis of High-Entropy-Alloy Nanoparticles. (Science 2018, 359, 1489–1494.)” led by the Co-Founders of HighT-Tech LLC is selected as the cover image for Science, which introduces a general route for alloying up to eight dissimilar elements into single-phase solid-solution nanoparticles, referred to as high-entropy-alloy nanoparticles (HEA-NPs).