Nanostructured CO Sensor for Fuel Cell Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84805
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
82369
Solicitation Topic Code:
10
Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2021 Miller Drive, Suite B, Longmont, CO, 80501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
130993384
Principal Investigator
 Oleg Polyakov
 Dr
 (720) 494-8401
 opolyakov@synkera.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Williams
Title: Dr
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@synkera.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
PEM fuel cells that are fueled by reformate hydrogen could fill a critical need for alternative energy sources, provided that a critical technical challenge can be overcome: the poisoning of the electrocatalyst by CO. An adequate CO sensing system is needed, yet existing CO sensors are not suitable for monitoring CO in reformate. This project will develop a microsensor to detect gaseous carbon monoxide (CO) in reducing atmospheres. In this approach, when the sensor is exposed to CO, a change of electrical resistance will be induced in a Cu(I) salt with a weakly coordinating anion. Cross-sensitivity to water will be eliminated by using hydrophobic ligands in the Cu(I) coordination framework. The incorporation of this patent-pending sensing material into a patented, high-area, nanostructured sensor platform will enable the production of highly sensitive, selective, low-power, and low-cost CO microsensors. Phase I will demonstrate feasibility by fabricating sensors and testing them in conditions that simulate a reformate hydrogen stream. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The microsensor should be applicable to the monitoring of CO content in reformate hydrogen (hydrogen obtained by chemical reforming of hydrocarbons) fed to proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, as well as in synthesis gas for feeding solid oxide fuel cells.

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