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Nanostructured CO Sensor for Fuel Cell Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84250
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
82369
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2605 Trade Centre Ave. LONGMONT, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Nanostructured CO Sensor for Fuel Cell Applications
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84805
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

PEM fuel cells that are fueled by reformate hydrogen could fill a critical need for alternative energy sources, provided that a critical technical challenge can be overcome: the poisoning of the electrocatalyst by CO. An adequate CO sensing system is needed, yet existing CO sensors are not suitable for monitoring CO in reformate. This project will develop a microsensor to detect gaseous carbon monoxide (CO) in reducing atmospheres. In this approach, when the sensor is exposed to CO, a change of electrical resistance will be induced in a Cu(I) salt with a weakly coordinating anion. Cross-sensitivity to water will be eliminated by using hydrophobic ligands in the Cu(I) coordination framework. The incorporation of this patent-pending sensing material into a patented, high-area, nanostructured sensor platform will enable the production of highly sensitive, selective, low-power, and low-cost CO microsensors. Phase I will demonstrate feasibility by fabricating sensors and testing them in conditions that simulate a reformate hydrogen stream. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The microsensor should be applicable to the monitoring of CO content in reformate hydrogen (hydrogen obtained by chemical reforming of hydrocarbons) fed to proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, as well as in synthesis gas for feeding solid oxide fuel cells.

Principal Investigator:

Oleg Polyakov
Dr
7204948401
opolyakov@synkera.com

Business Contact:

Stephen Williams
Dr
7204948401
swilliams@synkera.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2021 Miller Drive Suite B Longmont, CO 80501

EIN/Tax ID: 364528660
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No