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Company Continues to Manufacture Mass Quantities of the World’s Highest Quality Nanonickel to Replace Platinum as a Catalyst in Fuel Cells and in Other Applications
Industry Veteran to Validate QuantumSphere Inc.’s Nanopowders
Costa Mesa, CA | April 26, 2005
QuantumSphere, Inc., the leading
manufacturer of metallic nanopowders, working toward catalyzing the future
for fuel cells, batteries, and hydrogen generation, is moving forward with
the collaboration of Robert Dopp, of Doppstein Enterprises, Inc. (DSE).
Together they are testing QuantumSphere’s new line of nano-catalysts in
functioning air electrodes to better identify significant parameters in the
development cycle. Mr. Dopp has developed a cathode manufacturing process
expressly designed to manufacture small “coupons” of highly uniform, very
active and reproducible gas diffusion electrodes. These are typically used
in metal air batteries, alkaline fuel cells, other air breathing systems as
well as hydrogen generation cells. By producing the finished product from
the new generation of catalyst, QuantumSphere can engineer their particle
size distribution, composition and distribution to optimum performance. This
is something that quantitative and physical measurements cannot achieve; the
collaborative efforts of QuantumSphere and DSE can.
“We are extremely pleased to work with Robert Dopp who is an industry
veteran in the fuel cell, battery and related industries,” said Kevin
Maloney, CEO, QuantumSphere, Inc. “During his three decades of battery R&D,
resulting in 36 related patents bearing his name, he has designed several
production air cathode machines, making the highest rate air cathode in the
world. He has helped to develop a consumer battery with over four times the
energy density of Alkaline cylindrical cells, and many tens of times higher
energy than many rechargeable batteries,” Maloney added.
The efficient generation of hydrogen from a source other than petroleum
(i.e. Hydrolysis cells) and the efficient conversion of hydrogen into energy
(i.e. Fuel cells) are two of the most pressing needs of the century.
Platinum is currently the only known catalyst to satisfy this development
need and there is not enough platinum available in the world. Through this
twofold effort between QSI and DSE, we hope to electrochemically demonstrate
that nano-materials are an excellent replacement for platinum.
“QuantumSphere is one of the leaders in the race to develop catalysts that
do not contain platinum. To achieve this goal, they have developed a line of
pure nickel, copper, silver and other metallic nanoparticles” said Robert
Dopp. “Their unique process also allows for the production of nano-sized
catalysts utilizing the active cobalt nickel oxides and chelated cobalt
cyclic-porphyrins. This development is not only exciting- but what they are
doing is vital,” Dopp added.
QuantumSphere produces the highest quality and quantity of nanonickel in the
world. Nanonickel has the potential to replace platinum as the main
catalytic material in a variety of hydrogen fuel cells. A shift from
platinum to QSI-nanoTM nickel would result in a reduction in the cost of
fuel cell and electrode catalysts by over 75%, based on current prices. The
news follows QuantumSphere’s announcement earlier in the year that it
completed the buildout of a large-scale reactor for the production of
nanonickel (n-Ni) that will be used to produce a renewable source of power
to supply the world’s energy needs.
QuantumSphere is the leading manufacturer of metallic nanopowders for
applications in the aerospace, defense, energy, biomedical and other markets
demanding advanced material applications. QuantumSphere’s exclusive
manufacturing process provides: consistent, narrow particle size
distribution; low level of agglomeration and impurities; custom-tailored
oxide shell thickness; and the highest purity metallic nanopowders on the
market that are easier to transport and handle. The company manufactures the
highest quality of metallic nanopowder in the industry without compromising
its commitment to the environment. No other company offers these performance
QuantumSphere is the only supplier of the world’s highest quality nanonickel
(n-Ni). This will replace platinum as the main catalyst in hydrogen fuel
cells and various electrode assemblies and provide a renewable source of
power to supply the world’s energy needs. The company is leveraging its
leading market position in nanonickel (n-Ni) to manufacture and ship product
for applications in fuel cells, magnetic medical products (e.g., contrast
agent that is orders-of-magnitude more sensitive than existing materials for
MRI detection of disease and organ function), bio sensors, filtration
devices and other applications including additives for plastics and
electromagnetic frequency shielding.
For more information, visit www.qsinano.com
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781-279-1320 x 208
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