Fabricating Ionic/Polyimide Membranes



Invention Summary


Method to Fabricate Nafion/Polyimide blend Ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) in order to alter and improve the mechanical and thermal properties of Nafion during severe conditions all while maintaining its electromechanical performance.


Market Opportunity


According to Marketwatch: The global nafion market is estimated to value of over US $1.2B in 2018, and is projected to register a CAGR of 8.5% in terms of value over the forecast period. The global nafion market is segmented on the basis of component type, application, and region/country.


On the basis of component type segmentation, the membrane segment is expected to contribute major revenue share to the global market and is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. The membrane segment witnesses a CAGR over 8.5%.


Among all the application segments, the chemical processing segment accounts for highest share in terms of revenue in the global market. The energy segment is expected to register highest CAGR of over 8% over the forecast period.


Features and Benefits


•       Nafion can be used in high working temperatures of up to 120°C

•       Nafion has high ion conductivity

•       Polyimide has excellent mechanical and thermal properties which can improve that of Nafion

•       Method can reduce cost in fabrication and can easily be fabricated


Intellectual Property


U.S. Provisional Application No.: 62/371,622


Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Zachary Miles
Associate Vice President for Technology & Partnerships
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kwang Kim
Dong-Chan Lee
Tae Seon Hwang
Jungsoo Nam
Engineering & Manufacturing - Manufacturing
Engineering & Manufacturing - Sensors & Devices
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