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Metal Organic Framework Adsorbents for Fuel-Cell Relevant Small Molecules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: A045-004-0205
Amount: $99,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-07-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-01-31
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Lennhoff
 Manager, Materials Technologies
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Omar M Yaghi
930 North University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

 (734) 615-2146
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to utilize 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional Metal Organic Framework (MOF) structures for the selective adsorption of small contaminant molecules from a hydrogen feed stream. These contaminants include carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia. Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEM-FC), which are typically fueled by hydrogen, can suffer catalyst poisoning from these contaminants. The variable pore size and the structural versatility of MOFs permit the tailoring of their chemistry to selectively absorb the small molecules of interest. PSI will utilize its library of MOFs, the library of MOFs synthesized by the Yaghi group at the University of Michigan, as well as design and synthesize new MOFs suited absorb each small molecule of interest. The Phase I effort will focus on specializing the transition metal MOF corners for CO adsorption. Transition metals with a range of electronic structures will be explored along with a range of organic segments. On a Phase II program, PSI will scale-up the MOF synthesis and provide an adsorption system to selectively remove multiple small molecule contaminants in hydrogen feedstocks powering a 20W PEM-FC for 72 hours.

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