Functionalized Graphitic Supports for Improved Fuel Cell Catalyst Stability

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CI11P
Agency Tracking Number: 100108
Amount: $99,902.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-02-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-02-18
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Lang
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 University of Connecticut
 Antje Harnisch
 438 Whitney Rd Extension, Unit 1133
Storrs, CT, 06269-1133
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 Nonprofit college or university
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) together with the University of Connecticut (UCONN) proposes to demonstrate the improved fuel cell catalyst support durability offered by directly incorporating nitrogen functionality into graphitic carbon supports. In Phase I, PSI will utilize the functionalized carbon support in the construction of single cell fuel cells in order to demonstrate the performance and durability of the support material in the PEM fuel cell environment. The performance of cells upon accelerated life testing will be characterized and compared with that of cells assembled using commercially available support materials to quantify the benefits offered by the functionalized support. In Phase II, PSI will work with UCONN to optimize and scale-up the support production processes. Incorporation of additional functionalities will also be investigated. Demonstration cells will be constructed and delivered for functional and environmental testing at the completion of the Phase II contract.

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