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Ultrahigh Volumetric Energy Density PEM Fuel Cells

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
62158
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
023039
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St. Suite 400 Austin, TX 78741-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Ultrahigh Volumetric Energy Density PEM Fuel Cells
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS3-03034
Award Amount: $69,846.00
 

Abstract:

A nanoassembly process for constructing ultrahigh volumetric energy density PEM fuel cell stacks is proposed. The method does not require vapor deposition techniques, bulk sintering or post-loading treatments of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA). The method enables ultimate control of two key parameters: the total catalyst to electrode volume and the total surface area of the tri-phase interface to volume of the complete MEA. A synthesis route for the formation of noble metal catalytic nanoparticles that are coated in situ with an electrically conducting carbon aerogel is proposed. Deposition of the low-density conducting coat directly on the surface of the catalyst nanoparticles will maximize the electrode/catalyst volumetric ratio. Furthermore, manipulating monolayers of the novel aerogel?coated catalyst particles will maximize the ratio of the surface area of the electrode/membrane interface to the overall MEA volume and perfluorosulfonic acid membrane using a film transfer technique.

Principal Investigator:

Steve Savoy
Principal Investigator
5124158748
ssavoy@austin.rr.com

Business Contact:

Keith Jamison
President
5123490835
kjamison@austin.rr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanohmics, Inc.
4302 Rimdale Dr Austin, TX 78731

EIN/Tax ID: 743072245
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No