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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,805.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-05-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number:
A054-005-0040
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
066594979
Principal Investigator:
Robert McDonald
Program Manager
(781) 529-0530
rmcdonald@ginerinc.com
Business Contact:
Anthony LaConti
Chief Executive Officer
(781) 529-0501
alaconti@ginerinc.com
Research Institution:
CORNELL UNIV.
Susan L Jones
Office of Sponsored Programs, 120 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853
(607) 255-5014
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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