Activated Reactants to Reduce Fuel Cell Overpotentials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$749,994.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-12-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4591
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10a-T011
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
JSJ Technologies, LLC
4700 Elmo Weedon Road, Suite 117, College Station, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
832589456
Principal Investigator:
Jeremy Steinshnider
Founding Partner
(979) 703-1832
jeremy.steinshnider@jsj-tech.com
Business Contact:
Sandra Withers-Kirby
Founding Partner
(979) 703-1832
sandra.kirby@jsj-tech.com
Research Institution:
Lamar University
Jack Hopper
P.O. Box 10613
Beaumont, TX, 77710-
(409) 880-5768
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
he current produced in electrochemical galvanic cells is primarily dependent on the rate of the electrode reactions where the cell's anode is less negative, supplying less energy than thermodynamically predicted, and the cell's cathode is less positive, supplying less energy than thermodynamically predicted. Reduction of electrochemical overpotentials in electrochemical systems has been the prime objective of physical electrochemistry. A number of alternative approaches exist to potentially activate the reactant entering a fuel cell with the intent to lower overpotentials. These approaches include microplasmas, ultrasound, photonic irradiation, or use of chemical additives that promote activation of the reactants. Of these approaches, microplasmas through Dielectric Barrier Discharge appears to be one of the most promising routes. The approach proposed here involves activation of reactants using Micro Dielectric Barrier Discharge (MBDB) integrated directly into the internal components of a fuel cell stack.

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