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Nanostructured catalyst supports

United States Patent

October 2, 2012
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The present invention relates to SiC nanostructures, including SiC nanopowder, SiC nanowires, and composites of SiC nanopowder and nanowires, which can be used as catalyst supports in membrane electrode assemblies and in fuel cells. The present invention also relates to composite catalyst supports comprising nanopowder and one or more inorganic nanowires for a membrane electrode assembly.
Zhu; Yimin (Fremont, CA), Goldman; Jay L. (Mountain View, CA), Qian; Baixin (Sunnyvale, CA), Stefan; Ionel C. (Hayward, CA)
Nanosys, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA)
12/ 391,057
February 23, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH Portions of this invention may have been made pursuant to a contract with the United States Government, Department of Energy, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program Contract Number DE-FG36-08G088097, entitled "Engineered Nanostructure MEA Technology for Low Temperature Fuel Cells." As such, the United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.