Metal-Organic Framework Adsorbents for Fuel Cell - Relevant Small Molecules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number: A045-004-0110
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2021 Miller Dr., Suite B, Longmont, CO, 80501
DUNS: 130993384
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Oleg Polyakov
 Sr. Scientist
 (720) 494-8401
 opolyakov@synkera.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Williams
Title: President & CTO
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@synkera.com
Research Institution
 COLORADO STATE UNIV.
 Arundeep S Pradhan
 CSU Research Foundation, 601 S
Fort Collins, CO, 80521
 (970) 482-2916
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II project seeks to develop and commercialize compact, lightweight, and high-energy-density hydrocarbon fuel processor. The processor will supply contaminant-free hydrogen at a rate sufficient to support a 20-W PEM fuel cell for 72 hours. Our innovation is based on integration of state-of-the-art technology of hydrocarbon-to-hydrogen reforming with novel highly efficient reversible adsorbents for hydrogen purification. Commercially available adsorbents, due to the low specific adsorbing capacity, have limited practical application in the fuel processors for fuel cells, especially if compactness and lightweight are desirable. The proposed approach addresses these limitations by synthesizing novel high-capacity, selective, inexpensive, and reversible metal-organic framework (MOF) adsorbents for fuel-cell-relevant small molecules (primarily CO) that are able to remove CO at ppm level in the presence of large amount of water vapor. The proposed adsorption technology is economical and scaleable. In Phase I we proved the feasibility of the proposed approach by demonstrating MOF adsorbents with unprecedentedly high adsorption capacity that could enable the development of man-portable fuel processors.

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