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Improved Membranes for Hydrogen Separation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86290
Agency Tracking Number: 81332T06-I
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gokhan Alptekin
 (303) 940-2349
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Mr.
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution
 Colorado School of Mines
 Phillip R Romig
Department of Chemical Enginee 1500 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401
United States

 (303) 273-3250
 Nonprofit College or University

Improved hydrogen separation membranes are needed for next generation power systems. Recent advances in metal membrane technology have identified a Pd alloy composite membrane that is not susceptible to embrittlement and poisoning problems, which have prevented widespread industrial use of Pd for high-temperature H2 separation. However, there is still a need to prepare thin membranes on porous stainless steel substrates, in order to provide the robustness and ruggedness required in industrial processes. This project will develop a simple and effective technique to modify the surface of stainless steel supports, in order to allow preparation of very thin Pd alloy films. Phase I will develop a prototype water-gas shift reactor for preparing the membranes, and its performance will be demonstrated in a simulated coal-derived syngas (H2S, COS, NH3 and HCl). Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The Pd alloy membranes should find use in the separation of hydrogen in hydrocarbon reforming, in the water-gas shift reaction, and in coal gasification for power generation in fuel cells. Compared to conventional systems, the use of this technology has the potential to reduce energy consumption, capital costs, and the number of unit operations.

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