SBIR Phase I: An Engineered Diffusion Barrier for Preparation of Pd Membranes on Tubular Porous Stainless Steel Substrate

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0512797
Agency Tracking Number: 0512797
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 04-604
Small Business Information
1155 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Paul Liu
 (412) 826-3711
Business Contact
 Paul Liu
Title: Dr
Phone: (412) 826-3711
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project focuses on the development of an innovative diffusion barrier for the preparation of Pd thin film on tubular porous stainless steel substrate. A thin Pd film supported on tubular porous SS substrate provides a commercially viable avenue for the use of palladium membranes for hydrogen production/recovery, particularly for large-scale applications. A micro-engineered diffusion barrier is proposed, which is able conceptually to accommodate the physical change of metal substrate surface, thermal mismatch, and other factors. More importantly this diffusion barrier offers flexibility in tailoring its pore size and surface topography to be optimal for the formation of an ultra-thin, defect free, and strongly adhered Pd film via electroless plating. The proposed diffusion barrier could offer a practically viable Pd-based hydrogen separation device, which can benefit fuel cell and industrial hydrogen applications, and greenhouse gas reduction.

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