SBIR Phase I: A Solid State Proton Conductor as a Hydrogen Pump

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0232481
Agency Tracking Number: 0232481
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1155 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Liu
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I program involves the development of a solid-state proton conductor (SSPC) suitable for intermediate temperature applications, i.e., >100 to ~300C. We will develop an ultra-thin (<1 m) dense film (using a properly selected inorganic electrolyte), which is supported on our existing commercial ceramic membranes as a solid-state proton conductor (SSPC). Based upon the specific conductivity, the proposed ultra-thin proton conductor can potentially deliver a hydrogen permeance comparable to or better than existing polymeric (e.g., Nafion) and high temperature (e.g., perovskite) proton conductors and permit operation at the intermediate temperature ranges. This SSPC can be used as (i) a hydrogen pump for hydrogen recovery from waste/recycle streams, (ii) a 2nd stage hydrogen separator to conventional pressure-driven membranes for further hydrogen separations without an interstage compressor, and (iii) a membrane reactor (MR) to enhance the conversion/yield of industrial dehydrogenation reactions.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government