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Bimetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts for Reforming of Logistics Fuels

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
94871
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A09A-030-0130
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 09T018
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NanoScale Materials, Inc.
1310 Research Park Drive Manhattan, KS -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Bimetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts for Reforming of Logistics Fuels
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W909MY-10-C-0012
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

High efficiency, low pollution, and long lifetime make hydrogen-powered fuel cells desirable for portable power generation by the Army. However, it is impractical to transport hydrogen to where it is needed. Instead, reforming a transportable liquid fuel such as JP-8 or diesel fuel can produce the hydrogen for the fuel cell. Noble metal catalysts can speed this reforming, but they are expensive and easily deactivated by formation of carbon deposits, and by fuel contaminants such as sulfur. NanoScale Corporation and Kansas State University propose to develop catalysts and catalytic systems that can efficiently convert logistic fuels to hydrogen without suffering deactivation from coking or sulfur poisoning. Research efforts will target ways to reduce the costs of fuel reforming systems, either by developing new catalysts to replace expensive noble metal catalysts or developing ways to reduce the required metal loading. This project will address these objectives by using bimetallic nanoparticles based on platinum and nickel to catalyze the partial oxidation of logistic fuels. NanoScale has great experience in synthesis, characterization, and manufacture of metal nanoparticles and nanocrystalline metal oxides, while Prof. Keith Hohn is an expert in catalytic systems for reforming hydrocarbons into hydrogen.

Principal Investigator:

Franklin Kroh
Senior Scientist
7855370179
fkroh@NanoScaleCorp.com

Business Contact:

Aaron Madison
VP Finance and Administration
7855370179
amadison@NanoScaleCorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NanoScale Materials, Inc.
1310 Research Park Drive Manhattan, KS 66502

EIN/Tax ID: 481172548
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Kansas State University
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Contact: Paul Lowe
Contact Phone: 7855326804