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Year Est.

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Iowa State University
  • 2011

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • 2014

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Columbia University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2010

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Akron
  • 2012

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of South Carolina
  • 2015

  • Clarkson University
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • 2011

  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2014

  • University of Connecticut
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • 2018

  • Oregon State University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2010

    Catalyzing Commercialization: Creating Novel Bimetallic Catalysts for Methanol Fuel Cells

    Improvements in direct-methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) have been achieved at the Univ. of South Carolina based on a new, easy-to-scale method to synthesize bimetallic catalysts. The two most common types of fuel cells being developed for mobile transportation applications are DMFCs and hydrogen fuel cells. Methanol is safer than hydrogen, and it is easier to handle and install in refueling stations. Whereas a monometallic platinum (Pt) catalyst may be used for H2 fuel cells, a more-expensive bimetallic catalyst — typically consisting of Pt and ruthenium (Ru) — is required for DMFCs.

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    Catalyzing Commercialization: Cold Sintering Creates New Avenues for Advanced Composites Manufacture

    Engineers often want to combine many types of materials into a composite architecture to achieve specific performances in devices, from electronics to biomedical implants. However, material compatibility issues that arise during manufacturing can limit practical realization of these composites.

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