STTR Phase I: Novel Deposition Process to Produce Bilayer Alloy Electrocatalysts for PEM Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740077
Agency Tracking Number: 0740077
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
315 HULS, Clayton, OH, 45315
DUNS: 793274747
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Maria Inman
 (937) 836-7749
Business Contact
 Maria Inman
Title: PhD
Phone: (937) 836-7749
Research Institution
 Northeastern University
 Sanjeev Mukerjee
 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
 (617) 373-2382
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project addresses the need for novel catalytic systems for electrochemical energy conversion technologies, specifically polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, through an innovative bilayer electrocatalyst design and the ability to implement that design using a sophisiticated electrodeposition process. The project will demonstrate improvements in catalyst efficiency and cost through a bilayer electrocatalyst design that enables excellent control of the morphology, coating thickness, density, and the nature of the oxide layer on the catalyst surface, which is critical to the overall durability of the bilayer structure and its activity. This technology is enabling to PEM fuel cells for the automotive, portable and stationary power markets. The broader impact/commercial potential of this technology is the ability to address the needs of the emerging fuel cell industry, enabling cost-effective manufacture of a critical enabling component for PEM fuel cells.

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