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Reference Number F/02/00286/00/00
Title Low-cost, high temperature membranes for PEM fuel cells
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 30%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr JC Frost
No email address given
Johnson Matthey plc
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DTI
Start Date 04 January 2005
End Date 31 August 2007
Duration 31 months
Total Grant Value £57,632
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme FCELLS
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr JC Frost , Johnson Matthey plc (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , University of Reading (0.001%)
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Objectives The project aims to develop novel, low-cost, high temperature membranes for automotive fuel-cell applications. A collaborative preliminary study by the applicants has already given evidence that, as in biological materials, the functional properties of the membrane can be specified at the molecular level by controlling the sequence-distribution of the monomer units in the polymer chain. This radically new concept in ionomer-membrane design should extend the capabilities of low cost, hydrocarbon membranes very considerably: the proposed project aims to develop this approach to generate an optimum molecular design for a high-temperature fuel-cell membrane. Work at Reading University will focus on monomer- and ionomer-design, synthesis, and membrane fabrication. At Johnson Matthey the new membranes will be evaluated in membrane electrode assemblies for performance and durability in fuel-cell operation. The project is focused on membrane development for air-hydrogen fuel cells, oper at ing at temperatures significantly above the capabilities of current ionomer membranes. Total project value = 496270, DTI grant = 57632
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