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Biomimetic Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-013-0051
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T013
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600 Honolulu, HI 96813-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Biomimetic Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-11-C-0295
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed research effort is focused on developing a highly conducting, nanostructured membrane for use in high temperature direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). Polymer nanofiber mats with high temperature stability and water retaining inorganic nanoparticles will be prepared through electrospinning process. The nanofiber mats will be compacted and the pores will be infiltrated using a hydrophobic sulfonated polymeric material and cross linked to the nanofibers to decrease the methanol permeability and maintain the conductivity at high temperatures (100 degrees C). Finally, the fabricated nanofiber based membrane will be tested for their proton conductivity and methanol permeability and will be compared with the Nafion counterpart. Based on the results obtained in Phase I, Phase II efforts will be focused on optimizing the membrane properties for developing a nanofiber based membrane stack for operating a 1W DMFC employing concentrated methanol (>15M).

Principal Investigator:

Ganesh Arumugam
Materials Engineer
(808) 531-3017
garumugam@OCEANIT.COM

Business Contact:

Ken Cheung
Science&Technology Manager
(808) 531-3017
kcheung@OCEANIT.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600 Honolulu, HI -

EIN/Tax ID: 990238128
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Vanderbilt University
School of Engineering
VU Station B 351604
Nashville, TN 37235-0000
Contact: Peter N. Pintauro
Contact Phone: (615) 343-3878