We have the skills and facilities for step growth, chain growth and living radical polymerizations, sol-gel chemistry, nanoparticle membrane impregnation, and other chemistries.
We maintain our own membrane formation and materials characterization facilities. We fabricate membranes by solution casting doctor blade or “dish casting” methods. Our labs contain a full suite of TA thermal analysis equipment including a differential scanning calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis, and dynamic mechanical analysis instruments.
A significant amount of attention is paid to measuring stand alone membrane properties in order to develop structure-property relationships for the materials of interest.
Our experimental facilities include a large membrane gas transport lab for measuring the pure gas and mixed gas permeabilities of the membranes that are fabricated in our lab. The gas permeation lab features three automated permeation units and a micro gas chromatograph.
compliment our material synthesis and materials efforts, a large
capability is being developed for the fabrication and device
testing of both direct methanol and hydrogen fuel cells.
We have extensive facilities for MEA fabrication including casting
(screen printing, and hand painting) electrodes and decal methods
for hot-pressed MEA fabrication. A significant effort
is undertaken on fuel cell diagnostics including a segmented
electrode cell, and a transparent cell for visualizing the liquid
water transport in a gas flow channel.
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Lisa Sena-Henderson Last modified: February 23, 2006