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.