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Novel Ionomer and Polymer-Electrolyte Membrane Development for Solar-Energy-Driven Carbon Dioxide Conversion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0020463
Agency Tracking Number: 249815
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 19b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002145
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-02-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-17
Small Business Information
614 Bancroft Way Suite B
Berkeley, CA 94710-2224
United States
DUNS: 079865172
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (510) 260-5306
Business Contact
 Etosha Cave
Phone: (281) 235-2314
Research Institution
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Chulsung Bae
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180-3522
United States

 (518) 276-3783
 Nonprofit College or University

Solar fuels production is necessary for the future of the global economy New highly conductive and stable polymer-electrolytes with low light absorption are required for efficient and cost- effective solar fuels generation Opus 12 will work with Prof Chulsung Bae at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to further develop the existing polymer-electrolyte chemistry to meet the demands of this challenging application New materials will be synthesized at RPI and sent to Opus 12 where key performance metrics such as conductivity, gas crossover, and mechanical stability will be characterized Polymer-electrolytes will then be tested in Opus 12’s CO2 electrolyzer Results of characterization and performance tests will provide feedback to RPI to guide development Hitting our Phase I targets would allow us to scale up the polymer-electrolytes production in Phase II for use in commercial solar fuels development Utilizing low-cost and abundant solar energy to covert CO2 to fuel and value-added chemicals could positively impact the global carbon balance, reduce air pollution, and create new jobs in regions with few opportunities by distributing production of these materials

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