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
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-605
Small Business Information
Bettergy
46 Bari Manor, Croton on Hudson, NY, 10520
DUNS: 829573208
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Min Chen
 DPhil
 (914) 290-6293
 minchen05@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Min Chen
Title: DPhil
Phone: (914) 290-6293
Email: minchen05@gmail.com
Research Institution
 University of Rochester
 Hong Yang
 518 HYLAN, RIVER CAMPUSBOX 27014
ROCHESTER, NY, 14627
 (585) 275-2110
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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