Electrically Conductive, Hydrophilic Porous Membrane for Fuel Cell Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CF78P
Agency Tracking Number: 104296
Amount: $99,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MA, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 157030656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Staser
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 529-0587
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: President / COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Email: avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
This Phase I effort seeks to produce a conductive polyethersulfone (PES) microporous membrane for fuel cell water management applications. This membrane will facilitate gas/liquid separations in regenerative fuel cells (RFC). The preferred novel approach will impart electrical conductivity to the PES itself; previous attempts at similar membrane development have only focused on applying a conductive layer to the surface of the PES membrane.This type of porous, conductive membrane would lead to improved water management for fuel cell and electrolyzer systems, and could significantly improve the performance of NASA's RFC. Such an improvement in performance could facilitate the design of smaller, lighter weight RFC systems for renewable energy storage for space applications. This project will result in the novel development of a conductive microporous membrane for NASA fuel cells and electrolyzers, and will also provide better understanding of the preparation and design of conductive membranes for other applications.

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