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Ultrahigh Volumetric Energy Density PEM Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS3-03034
Agency Tracking Number: 023039
Amount: $69,846.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4302 Rimdale Dr
Austin, TX 78731
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steve Savoy
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 415-8748
Business Contact
 Keith Jamison
Title: President
Phone: (512) 349-0835
Research Institution

A nanoassembly process for constructing ultrahigh volumetric energy density PEM fuel cell stacks is proposed. The method does not require vapor deposition techniques, bulk sintering or post-loading treatments of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA). The method enables ultimate control of two key parameters: the total catalyst to electrode volume and the total surface area of the tri-phase interface to volume of the complete MEA. A synthesis route for the formation of noble metal catalytic nanoparticles that are coated in situ with an electrically conducting carbon aerogel is proposed. Deposition of the low-density conducting coat directly on the surface of the catalyst nanoparticles will maximize the electrode/catalyst volumetric ratio. Furthermore, manipulating monolayers of the novel aerogel?coated catalyst particles will maximize the ratio of the surface area of the electrode/membrane interface to the overall MEA volume and perfluorosulfonic acid membrane using a film transfer technique.

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