TECH OFFER

Cost Efficient Catalytic Inks for Fuel Cell Membranes

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Chemicals - Catalysts
Energy - Fuel Cells
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TO174335

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Some challenges faced during the fabrication of the proton exchange membrane in fuel cells include high costs incurred from multi-step metal ink production, potential overloading of metal and restricted substrate choices.

The technology comprises of proprietary platinum-based catalyst ink formulations that allows for a simplified process to fabricate proton exchange membrane fuel cells. During membrane production, metal particles can be grown directly on the substrate and cured with low temperature cold plasma (<70°C). This technology can minimize the platinum loading over a wide range of substrates, thereby reducing the cost of producing fuel cell membranes.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Some features of the technology include:

  • Thickness range: 30 - 2000nm
  • Curing parameters:
    • Low temperature (<70°C)
    • Fast cure (3-15 minutes)
    • No vacuum required except for slight pressure
  • Suitable for a wide range of substrates including plastics, paper, fabrics, ceramics, and other metals
  • Deposited through methods such as inkjet printing, dip dying and spraying
  • Non-toxic
  • No chemical waste, environmentally friendly
  • Films formed are solid, highly flexible and durable

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

  • Fuel cells
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Solar cells
  • Coatings for medical components

 

Market Trends & Opportunities

Global market size for fuel cells is projected to reach USD 28.95 billion by 2028 with a CAGR of 36.0%. Developed as an alternative energy source, fuel cells are expected to see an increase in adoption in zero emission vehicles due to its superior performance, durability, and efficiency.

 

Unique Value Proposition

  • Control over surface properties of solid metal layer
  • Low energy process, environmentally friendly
  • Curing of metal layers possible through off-the-shelf plasma machines
  • Able to form over wide range of substrates
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