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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: A045-004-0110
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
SYNKERA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
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) 652-4001
 opolyakov@synkera.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Williams
Title: President & CTO
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@synkera.com
Research Institution
 Colorado State University
 Arundeep S Pradhan
 CSU Research Foundation, 601 S. Howes Street, Suite 410
Fort Collins, CO, 80521
 (970) 482-2916
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project seeks to develop and commercialize novel ceramic membrane-absorbers for hydrogen purification in fuel processing systems associated with polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Our innovation is based on integration of novel highly efficient reversible adsorbents, based on a metal organic framework, that are incorporated into monodisperse ceramic membranes. Commercially available adsorbents, due to the low adsorbing capacity per unit volume, have limited practical application in the fuel processing systems of fuel cells, especially if compactness and lightweight are desirable. The proposed approach addresses these limitations by synthesizing novel high capacity reversible metal-organic framework adsorbents for fuel cell - relevant small molecules (primarily CO, additionally H2S and NH3), and incorporating the adsorbents in mechanically, thermally, and chemically robust nanoporous ceramic membranes. The approach is economical and scaleable. In Phase I we will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed approach, producing and characterizing MOF-based membrane-absorbers.

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