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STTR Phase I: Cost Effective Core-Shell Nanocatalysts for PEM Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1010099
Agency Tracking Number: 1010099
Amount: $149,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-605
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
46 Bari Manor
Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
United States
DUNS: 829573208
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Min Chen
 (914) 290-6293
Business Contact
 Min Chen
Title: DPhil
Phone: (914) 290-6293
Research Institution
 University of Rochester
 Hong Yang
United States

 (585) 275-2110
 Nonprofit College or University

This SBIR Phase I project will develop proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells as a power source for automobiles and stationary or portable power applications. Currently, the high cost of the PEM fuel cell limits their commercial applications. A significant cost of a PEM fuel cell comes from the use of Platinum. This project intends to develop a low cost core shell nanostructured catalyst which has the advantages of high specific catalyst activity as well as controllable shape and size.
The broader/commercial impact of the project will be reduced use of platinum in PEM fuel cells. This will lower their cost. Fuel cells have the potential to revolutionize the power generation methodology and offer cleaner and more efficient power. This project targets the automobile industry as potential customers. More new jobs could be created by establishing leadership in this emerging technology; and fuel cells also are beneficial to the environment.

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