SBIR Phase I: High Flux Metal-Ceramic Hydrogen Separation Membranes

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0420147
Agency Tracking Number: 0420147
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: AM
Solitcitation Number: NSF 03-535
Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies Inc.
2021 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO, 80501
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dmitri Routkevitch
 PI
 (720) 494-8401
 swilliams@nrcorp.com
Business Contact
 Dmitri Routkevitch
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@nrcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project targets development of an innovative membrane for separation of hydrogen. The development of advanced hydrogen separation membranes based on an innovative nanostructured architecture and a unique fabrication process is proposed. The proposed approach will enable an ultra-thin Pd separation layer, which should support a 10X or greater increase in hydrogen flux over the state of the art, with no reduction in hydrogen selectivity. The membranes should also exhibit superior reliability and will be produced with low-cost, scalable processes. The expected result of the proposed work is a viable technology for the production of robust hydrogen separation membranes with advanced performance, superior reliability and lower cost. Such an enabling technology could facilitate a variety of current applications, such as hydrogen separation for fuel cells. With suitable developments for application to higher volumes, it could also serve hydrogen recovery from industrial waste streams and improve the efficiency of many energy-intensive petroleum refinement and petrochemical production processes.

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