Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N992-5024
Agency Tracking Number: N992-5024
Amount: $69,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1999
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12450 Fair Lakes CircleSuite 500, Fairfax, VA, 22033
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Borrell
 (714) 279-3054
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
Not Available Fuel cells offer the potential to dramatically reduce environmental pollution as well as our dependence on foreign oil. They are actively being developed as alternated energy sources for transportation, stationary and military applications. The degradation of oxygen electrode catalysts (e.g., Pt, Ag, and others) and corrosions of carbon substrate make commercialization of present fuel cells economically unattractive. In addition, the fuel (methanol, ethanol) crossover to cathodes causes severe thermal management and cell voltage drop due to oxidation of fuel at the platinized cathode. In order to eliminate/minimize these effects; alternate inexpensive and stable catalysts are needed. Initial work has shown that metal macrocyclic complexes are promising candidates for improved O2 reduction catalysts in fuel cells, relative to present platinum catalysts. In this proposed program, we will evaluate these complexes in PEM fuel cells. The chemical and electrochemical performance and stability in the fuel cell environment will be examined.

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