Compact Direct Feed Formic Acid Fuel Cells with Advanced Membrane-Electrode Assembly

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number: A054-005-0040
Amount: $99,805.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-T005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Robert McDonald
 Program Manager
 (781) 529-0530
Business Contact
 Anthony LaConti
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (781) 529-0501
Research Institution
 Susan L Jones
 Office of Sponsored Programs, 120 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853
 (607) 255-5014
 Nonprofit college or university
The proposed work will evaluate new ordered intermetallic catalysts for Direct Formic Acid Fuel Cells (DFAFC) in practical fuel cell hardware. The influence in catalyst composition, processing method, particle size and morphology on anode polarization will be investigated. The improved formic acid catalysts, together with low membrane cross-over rates and the potential to use very concentrated fuel/water mixes, may form the basis of a liquid feed fuel cell which exceeds the Direct Methanol Fuel Cells specific energy and energy density. Proposed catalysts will incorporate non-precious metals for reduced cost. Synthetic protocols developed at Cornell University permit the tailoring of ordered geometric and electronic effects for improved catalysis. Methods will be developed for processing membrane electrode assemblies. In addition to evaluation in practical fuel cell hardware, catalysts will be examined with surface spectroscopy to understand the structure, composition and stability of the new catalysts.

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