Welcome to the Jacobs Space Exploration Group
Jacobs is sponsoring a competition to identify new technologies or technical innovations that will achieve game changing / breakthrough results in support of the NASA Exploration Program
The winner of this competition will receive a $10,000 prize
Describe a new material, a new manufacturing process, or a novel use of an existing material that significantly enhances at least one critical aspect of human spaceflight (safety, affordability, schedule, capability).
A team of Georgia Tech student researchers led by Professor W. Jud Ready were announced as winners of the Jacobs Space Technology Challenge, they’ll receive a $10,000 prize for their proposal entitled, “Ionic Liquid Interactions with Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes for Supercapacitors.”
The winning-project will create and characterize chip-scale electrochemical double layer (ECDL) ‘supercapacitors’ for rechargeable energy storage. Student researchers at Georgia Tech will fabricate supercapacitor electrodes using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) embedded within an etched silicon wafer. The CNTs will be further functionalized by both chemical and physical techniques and coupled with a tailored ionic-liquid-based electrolyte.