STTR Phase I: Supramolecular Proton Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0512917
Agency Tracking Number: 0512917
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 04-604
Small Business Information
Advanced Materials & Devices Inc.
4451 Lynnfield Way, Reno, NV, 89509
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Hitchcock
 (775) 762-5675
Business Contact
 Faramarz Gordaninejad
Phone: (775) 784-6990
Research Institution
 University of Nevada-Reno
 Alan Fuchs
 University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV, 89557
 (775) 327-2227
 Nonprofit college or university
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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