NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
As part of the electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) Parts Engineering and Analysis Team, I worked on developing a Solid State Ultracapacitor to Replace Batteries. Currently NASA uses rechargeable batteries that utilize silver zinc or lithium ion electrochemical processes. These current state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries cannot be rapidly charged, contain harmful chemicals, and suffer from early wear-out mechanisms. A solid-state ultracapacitor is a EEE part that offers significant advantages over current electrochemical and electrolytic devices. The objective of this research was to develop an internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) using novel dielectric materials with a focus on these advantages.
Above is a vodcast interview with my mentor Dr. Terry. D. Rolin.
I was awarded second place overall in the Summer Intern Poster Expo, were over 138 interns competed and were judged by NASA engineers and Scientists.
- A. Y. Cortes-Pena, T.D. Rolin, S.M. Strickland, and C.W. Hill, "A Solid State Ultracapacitor to Replace Batteries" NASA Technical Reports Server. NASA/TM-2013 (2013), in progress.
Research Mentor: Dr. Terry D. Rolin
Links: The Huntsville Times Online Blog, Huntsville Times Newspaper, NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Annual Report 2013 , The NASA MUST Report Newsletter September 2013 , Marshall Blog 2013 , Abstract [PDF], Technical Memorandum (TM) [PDF], Winning Poster [PDF]