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Advanced War Fighter Capabilities


Professor KartalovProfessor Emil Kartalov

Professor of Physics
Phone: (831) 656-2125  | Email: epkartal@nps.edu

My lab focuses on technologies aimed at the improvement of a warfighter's combat capabilities and survivability, as well as technologies to advance unmanned underwater systems.

 



Current Research Programs

diverComposite Diver Suit

The composite diver suit project will at least double the persistence time of divers in cold waters. 

 

 

 

 

nitro sensorImplantable NitrogenSensor Project

The implantable nitrogen sensor project will help prevent decompression sickness by real-time monitoring of nitrogen concentration and micro bubble formation.

 

 

 

artificial musclesArtificial Muscles 

The artificial muscles project will revolutionize ground combat by enabling practical armored exoskeletons for the infantry and IED-resistant walker scout vehicles; it would also enable stealthy biomimetic energy-efficient UUV's.

 

biofuel cellsBiofuel Cells 

The biofuel cells project will optimize distributed renewable power generation, providing a practical solution to refueling of large UUV swarms in operational areas.

 

 

 


Research Team

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Lt Tricia Nguyen | Email: tdnguyen2@nps.edu

Working on the biofuel cells project.



 

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Lt Aaron Demers | Email: aaron.demers@nps.edu

Working on the diver suit project.

 

 

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Lt Shane Martin | Email: shane.martin@nps.edu

Working on the diver suit project.

 

 

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Michelangelo Coltelli | Email: 

Working on the artificial muscles project

 

 

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Drago Grbovic | Email: dgrbovic@nps.edu

Assisting with the biofuel cells project.

 

 

 

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Johann Linke | Email: johannes.lincke.gy@nps.edu

Assisting with the biofuel cells project.

 

 

 

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Steve Jacobs | Email: sjjacobs@nps.edu

Supporting all projects

 

 

 

 

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Dan Sakoda | Email: dsakoda@nps.edu

Assisting with the diver project.

 

 

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Meriah Arias-Thode | Email:

Working on the biofuel cells project.

 

 

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John Audia | Email: john.audia@nps.edu

Assisting with the biofuel cells project.

 

 

 


Available Thesis Topics

The current thesis topics are the same as the four described projects above.

 

In addition, I am happy to entertain any student ideas about projects of their own, so long as I can meaningfully support and contribute to them.

 

In fact, the biofuel cells project started as a student self-initiated project.

 

Finally, I have some projects that are at the early idea stage waiting for interested students to pick them up and run with them.

 

Please reach out if interested. 

 

  • Composite Diver Suit

  • Implantable NitrogenSensor Project

  • Artificial Muscles

  • Biofuel Cells

 


Recent Publications And Patents

  • Hollow-microsphere composite offers depth-independent superior thermal insulation for diver suits, Mat. Res. Express, 6:055314, 2019.
    Brown, J., Oldenkamp, J., Gamache, R., Grbovic, D., Kartalov, E.P.:
  • "Power output optimization of benthic bacterial biofuel cells by microfluidic chip" (submitted 2019)
    Nguyen, T., Arias-Thode M., Grbovic D., Kartalov E.
  • US 1,352, 915 "Systems and Methods for Evaluation of Potentially Irradiated Objects using Oxygen-17 Detection,”, 2019.
    Patent
  • US 10,174,313 “Methods and devices for micro-isolation, extraction, and/or analysis of microscale components in an array”, 2019.
    Patent
  • US 10,077,475 “FRET-based analytes detection and related methods and systems”, 2018.
    Patent

  • US 10,068,051 “Signal encoding and decoding in multiplexed biochemical assays”, 2018.
    Patent

  • US 10,066,263 “Nucleic acid reactions and related methods and components”, 2018.
    Patent

  • US 9,920,315 “Methods and devices for micro-isolation, extraction, and/or analysis of microscale components in an array”, 2018.
    Patent