Biomimetic Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0295
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-013-0051
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T013
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center, 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600, Honolulu, HI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
144540283
Principal Investigator:
Ganesh Arumugam
Materials Engineer
(808) 531-3017
garumugam@OCEANIT.COM
Business Contact:
Ken Cheung
Science&Technology Manager
(808) 531-3017
kcheung@OCEANIT.COM
Research Institution:
Vanderbilt University
Peter N Pintauro
School of Engineering
VU Station B 351604
Nashville, TN, 37235-0000
(615) 343-3878
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The proposed research effort is focused on developing a highly conducting, nanostructured membrane for use in high temperature direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). Polymer nanofiber mats with high temperature stability and water retaining inorganic nanoparticles will be prepared through electrospinning process. The nanofiber mats will be compacted and the pores will be infiltrated using a hydrophobic sulfonated polymeric material and cross linked to the nanofibers to decrease the methanol permeability and maintain the conductivity at high temperatures (100 degrees C). Finally, the fabricated nanofiber based membrane will be tested for their proton conductivity and methanol permeability and will be compared with the Nafion counterpart. Based on the results obtained in Phase I, Phase II efforts will be focused on optimizing the membrane properties for developing a nanofiber based membrane stack for operating a 1W DMFC employing concentrated methanol (>15M).

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