Pajarito Powder Awarded Patent for VariPore© Process

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Pajarito Powder Awarded Patent for VariPore© Process

July 3rd, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

Patented technologies are vital to an emerging startup’s ability to make progress in research and development efforts and grow enterprise value. Pajarito Powder is fortunate to have Dr. Alexey Serov as Chief Scientist, as he is the primary inventor of several of the technologies underlying Pajarito Powder’s products.

Dr. Serov, formerly a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, initially developed the technology during his association there, making further advances with the Pajarito Powder team and formally securing the patent at the beginning of June. “It’s great that we’re able to license this critical technology from UNM. The patent builds on the VariPore© process and is now an essential part of how we approach advances in fuel cell technology,” commented Dr. Serov on the newly issued patent.

The patent relates to Platinum Group Metal-free (PGM-free or PGMf) catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR), based on charge transfer organic complexes, and specifically covers making PGM-free catalysts and engineered carbon supports, using charge transfer salts. The patent uniquely places Pajarito Powder in a position to build highly customized engineered carbon supports for fuel cells as well as PGM-free fuel cell catalysts.

The extent to which Pajarito Powder can customize these supports opens our product line to a wide array of developers, increasing interest in our research efforts and ultimately fulfilling our objective to have our engineered carbon supports included in industry fuel cell stacks on a large scale. As of the beginning of this month and thanks to the efforts led by Dr. Serov, Pajarito Powder is one critical step closer to achieving its goal.

Pajarito Powder Presents at DOE Annual Merit Review

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Pajarito Powder Presents at DOE Annual Merit Review

June 26th, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EREE), under the auspices of the United States Department of Energy, hosted its Annual Merit Review (AMR) of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Washington D.C. during the 1st week of June. Pajarito Powder joined other principal investigators in presenting their latest research.

Pajarito Powder had several team members in attendance at the conference. Dr. Alexey Serov, Pajarito Powder’s Chief Scientist presented “Development of PGM-free Catalysts for Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction in Alkaline Media,” which received significant peer approval from reviewers and elicited the response “Alexey, this is nothing less than a breakthrough, congratulations,” from Dr. Shimshon Gottesfeld, esteemed scientist and entrepreneur in the field of fuel cell development. Dr. Serov also participated in the poster presentation, “Development of Durable Active Supports for Low Platinum Group Metal Catalysts.”

The Pajarito Powder team met with customers, partners and friends attending over the course of the five-day event. It is considered the premier event of its kind in the industry, because of the extensive support the Department of Energy provides in funding and supporting research and development activities.

Webb Johnson, Senior Director of Business Development, served on a panel for the Department of Energy’s H2 Founder’s kick-off event. Webb provided guidance to early-stage entrepreneurs on the importance of the ‘customer discovery process’, highlighting both the value of insights gleaned using the process and its power in building a “customer-centric” company culture. He effused about the importance of waiting to take investment until specific customers and authentic demand have been identified.

Pajarito Powder Shows Strong Presence at NAM25

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Pajarito Powder Shows Strong Presence at NAM25

June 19th, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

The North American Catalysis Society hosted its 25th successful conference during the first week of June. NAM25, which took place in Denver Colorado, USA, had a wide array of attendees from both academia and industry, providing their latest insight toward catalysis research and development. Pajarito Powder is proud to have supported NAM25 by being a cobalt-level sponsor, as well as by providing social media coverage for the event.

Beyond sponsorship and social media coverage, Pajarito Powder’s Chief Technology Officer and President, Dr. Barr Zulevi chaired two sessions on catalysis development for Fuel Cells. “We are pleased to have local-startup fuel cell company Pajarito Powder participating in and sponsoring NAM, with CTO Barr Zulevi Co-Chairing the Catalysis for Fuel Cells sessions, and other team members presenting,” quoted Dr. Abhaya Datye, Emmett Award plenary speaker, Co-Chair of the NAM25 Organizing Committee and Research Professor at the University of New Mexico.

Research was also presented by Dr. Alia Lubers and Geoff McCool on Durable Engineered Carbon Supports and Economic MOF-Based PMF Oxygen-Reaction Catalysts, respectively. “We received positive feedback from the academic community about our work with pore size, and to our products being superior to immediate competitors” commented Dr. Lubers on the Poster Session at the conference.” Abstracts for all research presented by the Pajarito Powder team can be found by following this link.

Associates from Pajarito Powder also seized the opportunity to discuss with other NAM25 attendees ways that coordinated research efforts could be beneficial to the mission of economically producing fuel cell catalysts. “We had a range of interactions with researchers in academia, on which we will be following up after the conference,” remarked Dr. Zulevi after returning to Albuquerque. “These interactions will be critical to the successful development of new technologies via our U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E contract.”

Highlights from the conference can be viewed on Twitter via #NAM25 and @namcatsoc

 

Pajarito Powder Recipient of 2017 SBIR Research Grant

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Pajarito Powder Recipient of 2017 SBIR Research Grant

June 14th, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

Pajarito Powder is proud to announce that it is a recipient of a Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant for 2017. As an SBIR grant recipient, Pajarito Powder ranks among a small number of firms who have been Federally recognized for their potential to improve existing technologies surrounding fuel cell catalysts.

The SBIR Grant, awarded by a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy, is intended for small businesses that have the potential to stimulate technological innovation and meet Federal R&D goals. The grant can be awarded in three phases; Phase I is meant to demonstrate a successful proof-of-concept, with those who succeed receiving a larger award in Phase II. Phase III is for technologies that have advanced enough to where they are ready for commercialization.

Pajarito Powder was awarded a Phase I grant for its potential to develop, implement and scale-up an innovative approach to building Durable Active Carbon Support systems (DACSs). The DACSs are heavily modified Precious-Metal-Free catalysts that, because of their sophisticated composition, reduce the overall amount of platinum needed. Dr. Alexey Serov, Chief Scientist at Pajarito Powder, says that the team’s approach will reduce “both carbon corrosion and platinum dissolution, increasing the overall durability of the fuel cell”.

Successful execution on the proof-of-concept in Phase I will allow Pajarito Powder to apply for Phase II of SBIR funding. “This project fits nicely with our core competencies as a company, and that’s great”, commented Dr. Alia Lubers, Pajarito Powder’s Catalyst Manufacturing Manager.

 

Pajarito Powder Makes Inaugural Appearance at HFC 2017 in Vancouver

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Pajarito Powder Makes Inaugural Appearance at HFC 2017 in Vancouver

June 12th, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

The biennial Hydrogen and fuel cells summit was held this past week in Vancouver, Canada, with the intention of building awareness around the economic, environmental and social benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.

The title for this year’s summit was: The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Renewal: Clean Cars, Clean Power, Clean Solutions, and Pajarito Powder’s Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Stephenson took the opportunity to describe the unique approach taken by engineers at Pajarito Powder during the conference’s open presentation session. “Our PEM catalysts have the ability to increase performance and dramatically lower the costs, by substantially reducing the amount of platinum,” commented Mr. Stephenson during his presentation. “We do this by focusing on the forgotten partner of the catalyst system, the carbon support material”.

Dr. Yun Li, Pajarito Powder’s China Market Liaison, also attended the conference and drew attention to Pajarito Powder’s advances in PEM Fuel Cell research, as well as the company’s new initiatives in China. “Our new contacts wish to stay updated on Pajarito Powder’s progress, and even asked for recommendations for MEA companies,” recalled Dr. Yun after the conference.

 

This video and other updates are also available via Twitter at @PajaritoPowder