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$18,000 for research into better membrane - Ontario
Fuel Cells, Nov 03 2010 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- Dr Brad Easton, assistant professor of chemistry in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Faculty of Science, has won $18,000 funding from GreenCentre Canada to develop a better membrane for Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells.
Dr Easton has already discovered a material which shows promise, as a more cost effective and "greener" material to the one currently used. It can function at a temperature range of 120 to 150 degrees Celsius. Current membrane materials can only operate efficiently at temperatures of under 80 degrees Celsius.
The funding "gives us the opportunity to explore a variety of chemical modifications for improving the mechanical strength and flexibility of these membranes," Dr Easton says.