Non-Precious Metal Bi-Functional Catalysts

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

PH Matter, LLC
1275 Kinnear Road Array
Columbus, OH 43212
Firm POC, Principal Investigator


Fuel Cells are of interest for energy storage applications because of their high efficiency, but currently suffer from the high cost associated with precious metal cathode materials. In the propose project, pH Matter, LLC will synthesize and demonstrate the performance of next generation non-precious metal bi-functional cathodes. These materials have been shown to outperform precious metal catalysts in terms of oxygen reduction activity, oxygen evolution activity, and stability during voltage cycling. The unique properties of these materials allow them to be chemically resistant to degradation mechanisms suffered by traditional supported metal catalysts. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits At the commercial scale, these materials will be an order of magnitude less expensive than electrodes currently used, and will not be sensitive to market fluctuations. The technology will improve the efficiency of reversible fuel cells and extend their durability. Applications for the technology will include stationary power generation and energy storage.