HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Two Virginia Tech energy-related inventions win R&D 100 awards

Blacksburg, Va. -- Sensors invented by researchers with the Center for Photonics Technology, led by Electrical Engineering Professor Anbo Wang, will make oil wells more productive. Meanwhile, an economical fuel cell material created by faculty and students with the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, led by University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry James McGrath, will reduce our dependence on petroleum-based energy. R&D Magazine has selected both of these energy-related developments from Virginia Tech as two of the 100 most technologically significant new products of 2003.

All of this year's R&D 100 technologies will be announced in the September issue of R&D Magazine and the researchers will be honored at a banquet in Chicago on Oct. 14. Past winning technologies in the international judging have included the FAX machine and HDTV.

Polymer membranes make fuel cell production economically viable

McGrath and former student Michael Hickner (who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2003 and is now at Sandia National Lab) invented a high temperature proton exchange membrane (PEM) for fuel cells. Battelle has optioned rights to the patents and Bhima Vijayendran, Battelle senior research leader and vice president of commercialization, is developing products for commercialization -- introducing BattellionTM membranes for automotive, stationary, and portable power fuel cells.

Fuel cells convert chemical energy from hydrogen or methanol fuels into electrical energy. PEM fuel cells use an ion-containing polymer (a form of plastic) for this process. Electrons are captured to generate electricity and protons pass through the membrane film, then combine with oxygen to create a environmentally neutral water byproduct.

PEM fuel cells can be integrated into stacks to provide from .001 up to 250 kW of power, Vijayendran explained in the R&D 100 entry. Large units could be used in autos an
'"/>

Contact: Susan Trulove
strulove@vt.edu
540-231-5646
Virginia Tech
9-Sep-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Virginia Tech researchers to release findings on Smith River Project
2. Virginia Tech professor honored with DeLaval Award
3. Virginia Techs smelly corpse plant due to bloom Aug. 4
4. Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researcher advances fight against sudden oak death disease
5. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research helps implement global climate change initiative
6. Cell cycle research earns biologist Virginias top scientist award
7. Virginia Tech-led group receives third five-year international biodiversity grant
8. Virginia Tech researcher receives $1.8 million to study Arabidopsis genome
9. Virginia Tech and North Carolina State University to run Forest Nutrition Research Cooperative
10. Virginia Bioinformatics Institute central to Regional Center of Excellence
11. NIH awards $1 million to Virginia Bioinformatics Institute to study biochemical network modeling

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/16/2017)... , May 16, 2017   Bridge ... health organizations, and MD EMR Systems , ... development partner for GE, have established a partnership ... Portal product and the GE Centricity™ products, including ... EMR. These new integrations will ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017 The global military biometrics ... marked by the presence of several large global players. ... five major players - 3M Cogent, NEC Corporation, M2SYS ... nearly 61% of the global military biometric market in ... global military biometrics market boast global presence, which has ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... Calif. , April 13, 2017 UBM,s ... York will feature emerging and evolving technology ... Both Innovation Summits will run alongside the expo portion ... speaker sessions, panels and demonstrations focused on trending topics ... largest advanced design and manufacturing event will take place ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... BioMedGPS ... the addition of its newest module, US Hemostats & Sealants. , SmartTRAK’s US ... absorbable hemostats, fibrin sealants, synthetic sealants and biologic sealants used in surgical applications. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... ... eye wash is a basic first aid supply for any work environment, but most personal ... rinse first if a dangerous substance enters both eyes? It’s one less decision, and likely ... dual eye piece. , “Whether its dirt and debris, or an acid or alkali, getting ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... Georgia (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... Disappearing ... taking the lives of over 5.5 million people each year. Especially those living in ... greenovative startup Treepex - based in one of the most pollution-affected countries globally - ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... For the second time in ... STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, ... , US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of STEM education in America ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: