Interaction of Sealing Glasses with Metallic Interconnects in Solid Oxide and Polymer Fuel Cells

EPA Grant Number: R830420C006
Subproject: this is subproject number 006 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R830420
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)
Center Director: Earl, David A.
Title: Interaction of Sealing Glasses with Metallic Interconnects in Solid Oxide and Polymer Fuel Cells
Investigators: Shelby, James , Hall, Matthew M.
Institution: Alfred University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2006
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2002) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research , Congressionally Mandated Center


A completely new phenomenon based on photo-enhanced diffusion of hydrogen in glass has been discovered at Alfred University. Application of this phenomenon to glass microspheres for storage of hydrogen can provide the enabling technology for replacement of traditional methods for storing and transporting hydrogen in high pressure containers or at cryogenic temperatures with lighter, cheaper, safer technology. Use of hydrogen either for combustion or in fuel cells will drastically alter the transportation industry, radically reduce smog, and save hundreds of billions of dollars in cost of imported oil.

The specific objectives of this research project were to:

  1. provide data needed to demonstrate that light enhanced diffusion can be optimized to produce rates sufficient for commercial applications;
  2. and optimize the various experimental parameters to provide a highly efficient combination of material and light source.

Publications and Presentations:

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Journal Articles:

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Supplemental Keywords:

sustainable industry/business, technology for sustainable environment, clean technologies, environmental materials, glass technology, energy, environmental engineering, alternative energy source, ceramic materials, clean energy, renewable energy, green building design, hydrogen, diffusion, hollow glass microspheres, photo-enhanced hydrogen diffusion,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, Sustainable Environment, Energy, Technology, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Environmental Engineering, energy conservation, NOx reduction, clean energy, cleaner production, sustainable development, clean technologies, environmental conscious construction, clean manufacturing, energy efficiency, energy technology, emissions control, fuel cell design, environmentally conscious design, reaction kinetics, solid oxide fuel cells

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2005
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R830420    Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
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    R828737C002 Regional Economic and Material Flows
    R828737C003 Visualizing Growth and Sustainability of Water Resources
    R828737C004 Vibratory Residual Stress Relief and Modifications in Metals to Conserve Resources and Prevent Pollution
    R828737C005 Detecting and Quantifying the Evolution of Hazardous Air Pollutants Produced During High Temperature Manufacturing: A Focus on Batching of Nitrate Containing Glasses
    R828737C006 Sulfate and Nitrate Dynamics in the Canacadea Watershed
    R828737C007 Variations in Subsurface Denitrifying and Sulfate-Reducing Microbial Populations as a Result of Acid Precipitation
    R828737C008 Recycling Glass-Reinforced Thermoset Polymer Composite Materials
    R828737C009 Correlating Clay Mineralogy with Performance: Reducing Manufacturing Waste Through Improved Understanding
    R830420C001 Accelerated Hydrogen Diffusion Through Glass Microspheres: An Enabling Technology for a Hydrogen Economy
    R830420C002 Utilization of Paper Mill Waste in Ceramic Products
    R830420C003 Development of Passive Humidity-Control Materials
    R830420C004 Microarray System for Contaminated Water Analysis
    R830420C005 Material and Environmental Sustainability in Ceramic Processing
    R830420C006 Interaction of Sealing Glasses with Metallic Interconnects in Solid Oxide and Polymer Fuel Cells
    R830420C007 Preparation of Ceramic Glaze Waste for Recycling using Froth Flotation
    R830420C008 Elimination of Lead from Ceramic Glazes by Refractive Index Tailoring
    R830420C010 Nanostructured C6B: A Novel Boron Rich Carbon for H2 Storage