SBIR Grant Writer Mr. Morris has more than thirty years of experience in the innovative research and development of numerous products and processes in the areas of chemistry and electrochemistry as well as small business management having served as Vice President and co-founder of four small R&D businesses. Mr. Morris graduated with a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth in 1969, and was subsequently employed by Giner, Inc. of Waltham, Mass and participated in a research program that resulted in the first clear description of the electrochemical mechanisms of reaction of glucose on platinum, and a definition of the competing reactions of other physiological co-reactants. While at Giner, Mr. Morris completed several graduate courses in analytical chemistry at Northeastern University.
In 1979, Mr. Morris joined ECO Inc. of Cambridge, MA, as a staff scientist and assumed the responsibilities as the manager of ECO’s electrochemical R&D facility. While at ECO, Mr. Morris’ efforts helped identify a new type of macrocyclic catalyst that improved the safety of lithium thionyl chloride batteries and resulted in the award of a US patent for the invention. In 1982 Mr. Morris helped found Cape Cod Research and was successful in acquiring Phase I and Phase II programs from the US DOE to investigate use of magnetic microbial ion selective adsorbents to help clean up the radioactive ions in waste waters. In his tenure at Cape Cod Research, Mr. Morris was the Principal Investigator of twelve SBIR Phase I programs. In the late 1980’s Mr. Morris headed two research efforts that dealt with electrodeposition of various ceramic superconductors and one that dealt with a novel method for determining the relative quality of a lubricating oil, in-situ. Mr. Morris was also the Principal Investigator of an SBIR Phase I program for the NSF dealing microwave thermal regeneration of exhausted granular activated carbon and an SDIO Phase I program dealing with the use of microwave heating to fabricate superconductors. In 1995-97 Mr. Morris directed Phase I and Phase II efforts for the USAF Wright Research & Development Center to investigate the use of electropolymerized polyether thiophenes as novel solid polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries. In 1997 he successfully completed a Phase I effort for the National Institutes of Health in which he investigated the use of polymer composites as a new type of polymer electrolyte for lithium batteries. During this period, Mr. Morris also served as the PI of a Phase I effort for the National Science Foundation dealing using perfluoroalkylphosphonic acids as additives for high temperature electrolytes for PEM fuel cells. While working at Cape Cod Research, Mr. Morris co-founded a coatings company to commercialize a new coating product for commercial marine vessels. Mr. Morris served as President of E Paint Co. and secured EPA registration for the product in close cooperation with the Olin Corp that provided technical expertise concerning their bioactive ingredient that was part of E Paint’s coating formulation. Two US Patents were issued for these products and the company continues to operate selling the coating products. Mr. Morris also successively attracted $1 million in Angel investment for the fledgling company.
In 2000, Mr. Morris helped to found a new R&D company, Phoenix Innovation, Inc. and acquired SBIR programs from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization to investigate new heteroatomic polymers for use in Li-ion battery electrolytes. This effort was successful and resulted in a Phase II award to further develop and commercialize the technology. The IP was also awarded a US Patent and was closely considered by the Dow Chemical Corp. for large scale commercialization. Mr. Morris also acquired Phase I and Phase II SBIR programs from the Office of Naval Research to develop an all-carbon nanotube Li-ion battery. This IP was intensely considered for commercialization by a large VC firm from California.
Mr. Morris retired in 2008, but went on to assist small businesses with writing and commercialization consulting. To this end, in 2010, he wrote a successful Phase I SBIR proposal for Farrasis Energy Corp (San Mateo, CA) dealing with nonflammable Li-ion battery electrolytes that resulted in a successful Phase I laboratory effort. Farrasis chose not to pursue the Phase II contract. He also contributed to proposal writing for numerous for profit and nonprofit organizations. In 2013, Mr. Morris began working as an English as a Second Language (ESL) editor of scientific manuscripts for two international clients. Since that time, he has continued to be an editor and has edited more than 500 manuscripts. He also wrote three self-published books and had several short articles published about his offshore sailing exploits.
Mr. Morris is a member of the Materials Research Society and the Electrochemical Society
Mr. Morris’ publications and presentations include the following:
“An All-Carbon Nanotube Battery: Recent Developments” 42nd Power Sources Conference, p217, Philadelphia, June 2006.
High-energy, rechargeable Li-ion battery based on carbon nanotube technology, J. Power Sources, 138, 277-80, (2004).
Heteroatomic polymer for more efficient solid polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries, US Patent 6,727,343, April 27, 2004.
“A Novel Approach to the Development of Improved Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries”,
J Power Sources, 119-121, 487-91, 2003.
“Zinc Oxide Photoactive Antifoulant Material” US Patent No. 6,063,849 (2000).
“Zinc Oxide Photoactive Antifoulant Material” US Patent No. 5,916,947, (1999).
Novel Proton Exchange Membranes for High Temperature Fuel Cells, Joint International Electrochemical Meeting Honolulu, Hawaii, October, 1999.
Solid Polymer Electrolytes with Significantly Improved Conductivity, Bhamidipati, M., Morris, R.S., Dixon, B.G., 33rd Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1998).
“High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane”, Materials Research Society Symposium
Proceedings Vol 496, P 217, (1998).
Novel Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries, paper #97071, 32nd Intersociety
Energy Conversion & Engineering Conference, August 1997.
“Generation of Amorphous Ceramic Capacitor Coatings on Titanium Using a Continuous Sol Gel Process”, J. Mater. Res. 10, (10), 2626, (1995).
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