Lightweight Fuel Cell Panel Utilizing High Temperature Ionic Polymer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0117
Agency Tracking Number: A08A-010-0264
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-T010
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 RAOUF LOUTFY
 President
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: C.E.O.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
 ARIZONA STATE UNIV.
 Frederic Zenhausern
 Center for App. NanoBioscience
Biodesign Institute
Tempe, AZ, 85287 5001
 (480) 727-8169
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Ionic polymers are ionically conductive organic salts with excellent thermal and chemical stability, useful for their large specific capacitances across a wide operational temperature range. In this program, MER Corporation and Arizona State University propose the fuel cell use of electroactive solid state ionic polymers that conduct protons across an even wider temperature range from subzero to < 200°C. The proposed protic solid acids will be tested in a flexible, thin-sheet multi-cell fuel cell panel. This novel proposed stack design, one that breaks with the traditional state-of-the-art panel configuration, will not required gas diffusion layers, bipolar plates, end plates, bus plates or clamping nuts and bolts. These simplifications will improve the overall power density and energy density of the fuel cell system as well as adapt it to fit against irregular internal contours.

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