STTR Phase I: Supramolecular Proton Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0512917
Award Id:
74891
Agency Tracking Number:
0512917
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4451 Lynnfield Way, Reno, NV, 89509
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Gregory Hitchcock
Mr.
(775) 762-5675
greg.hitchcock@charter.net
Business Contact:
Faramarz Gordaninejad
(775) 784-6990
faramarz@unr.edu
Research Institute:
University of Nevada-Reno
Alan Fuchs
University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV, 89557
(775) 327-2227
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project develop a new generation of proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. The proposed project will investigate processing techniques for synthesizing polyphosphazine membranes, which are hydrogen bonded to form supramolecules. Such supramolecular interactions can be fully miscible or self organized polymeric backbones to form two or more directional protonically conducting nanoscale channels. This will offer improved proton conductivity while being more economical to manufacture over existing PEM technologies. The "Roadmap to a Hydrogen Economy - 2030" predicts that fuel cells to emerge between 2010-2020. Technology breakthroughs in PEMs and MEAs and their manufacturability are needed in order to make this timeline a reality. This will require low cost, reliable systems based on new PEM technologies. The proposed project, if successful, can have a significant impact on the fuel cell technology.

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