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ADVANCED DIRECT METHANOL FUEL CELLS WITH ELECTRON BEAM-PROCESSED POLYPHOSPHAZENEMEMBRANES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD19-02-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A2-0044
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
15 WARD STREET
SOMERVILLE, MA 02143
United States
DUNS: 106771140
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 CATHERINE BYRNE
 (617) 547-1122
Business Contact
 JONAH JACOB
Phone: (617) 547-1122
Research Institution
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Abstract

Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are candidates to fill the Army's need for high-energy lightweight power sources. Methanol is a more convenient fuel source than gaseous hydrogen, but requires advanced membrane materials and alternativeprocessing. SRL with partners Tulane University and Northeastern University has demonstrated Electron-Beam-crosslinked polyphosphazene membranes with good properties, has fabricated Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) using these materials and obtainedcurrent - voltage curves in the Phase I STTR. The most promising property of these MEAs is very low methanol crossover currents compared to Nafion 117 at comparable thickness, temperatures between 50 and 80¿C and methanol concentrations up to 5M in directmethanol fuel cells (DMFCs). In Phase II, Science Research Laboratory will address the critical processing issues identified in Phase I to produce Polyphosphazene-Based MEAs, develop a

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