Thursday, February 22, 2007

US Patent 7179561 - Nanowires on fuel cell membrane

This patent from Nanosys provides some basic claims toward the manufacture and structure of improved fuel cells including catalytic particles on the surface of nanowires to achieve higher efficiencies and power densities. Claim 1 reads:

1. A fuel cell comprising inorganic nanowires which are derivatized with at least a first functional group which binds to a metal catalyst deposited on a surface of the nanowires, wherein the nanowires are deposited or directly grown on a proton exchange membrane of the fuel cell.

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