Low Cost, Trace Level Sulfur Sensor for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8501-08-M-0061
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-123-1473
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TECHNO-SCIENCES, INC.
11750 Beltsville Drive, 3rd Floor, Beltsville, MD, 20705
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
061997029
Principal Investigator:
Murat Yasar
Principal Investigator
(240) 790-0600
yasarm@technosci.com
Business Contact:
Amy Hizoune
VP, Finance
(240) 790-0609
aph@technosci.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The development of reliable fuel cell technology will have tremendous impact towards developing a robust hydrogen economy. To utilize a source of hydrogen from reformers has been a major technical barrier to utilize fuel cells as power sources in the DoD applications. An inexpensive and innovative method is needed to continuously monitor the process stream of military logistical fuel (JP8) for sulfur and other compounds which would harm the reformer catalyst and fuel cell operation in order to reduce system costs and logistical footprint. Techno-Sciences, Inc. together with university partner Oklahoma State University proposes to develop a novel low cost nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance sensor capable of detecting part per billion trace levels of sulfur compounds present in the fuels utilized by hydrogen fuel cells. The sensor development will employ a unique nanofabrication technique, "electroless reduction on silicon", combined with a novel sensing mechanism based on hybrid plasmons. In Phase I, the validity of the approach will be demonstrated as prototype sensor by using bench top experimental set ups and analysis technologies

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