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

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0548757
Agency Tracking Number: 0420147
Amount: $422,292.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 03-535
Small Business Information
Synkera
2021 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO, 80501
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dmitri Routkevitch
 Dr
 (720) 494-8401
 droutkevitch@synkera.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Williams
Title: Mr
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@synkera.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project targets development of an innovative membrane for separation of hydrogen. These membranes are based on an innovative nanostructured architecture and a unique fabrication process. The proposed approach enable an ultra-thin Pd separation layer, which can support a 10X or greater increase in hydrogen flux over the state of the art, with no reduction in hydrogen selectivity and superior reliability. The performance of the prototypes will be thoroughly validated in actual operating environments. 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 and point-of-use hydrogen purification. With further research and development, hydrogen could also serve as an alternative source of energy for heating and lighting homes, generating electricity, and transportation.

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