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A Korean university has developed micro & nano sized porous metal foam for energy cells. Titanium and Nickel foam that employed this technology provide better performance than conventional carbon electrode. The developed metal foam can be applied in various products such as in energy cell electrode and bio material. The university already formed a Korean consortium and is looking for a European partner for its commercialization. EUREKA or EUROSTAR2 programme is considered for application in 2017
Metal foam is a cellular structure consisting of a solid metal with uniform pores. The defining characteristic of metal foam is a high porosity; that makes metal foam have wide surface area. Because of its lightweight and porosity, the metal foam is used in many industries as lightweight, functional material.
A research team in a Korean university has developed micro & nano-sized porous metal foam that can be applied in energy sector.
They are currently producing small amount of 5cm X 5cm sized Titanium metal foam and they plan to develop large sized products for a mass production. This metal foam can be used as material for electrode of lithium secondary battery, gas diffusion layer of fuel cells, or for electrode of dye-sensitized solar cell.
The university can also develop different kinds of metal foam such as nano-Cu foam, nano-Ni foam and Nano-Al foam with its own process. Their core technology is that the pore size and shape can be controlled.
By looking at the potential growth in the metal foam market, the inventor of this technology has established his own company for commercialization of his products. Aside from the development of metal foam for commercialization that can be used in various areas of energy electrode, the inventor is also interested in developing metal foam as biomedical material using magnesium and iron metal foams.
These metal foams will be used in making screws and stent which will be inserted to human body. Uniform sized multiple pores will help bone cells to enter the pores and grow, thus reducing stress obscuring phenomenon and inducing successful osseointegration.
The inventor wishes to find European companies with expertise in the field of energy electrode and bio material for the research cooperation.
The metal foam development project is expected to be completed in 3 years including commercialization. EUREKA or Eurostar2 project is considered targeting August 2017. Therefore, deadline of EOIs(expressions of interest) for this profile will be at the latest end of June 2017.
[Advantages of the developed Titanium metal foam]
▶ Better mechanical characteristics with 3D connection structure
▶ High Corrosive resistance (10 times that of carbon paper)
▶ Enhanced performance
- 166% better than carbon electrode in fuel cell, 100% better than carbon electrode in lithium ion battery
- Increased efficiency from 4.2% to 4.8% in dye-sensitized solar cell
9 Korean patents granted
6 US patents applied.
- Type of partner sought: Company, research institute, University
- Specific area of activity of the partner: A partner from Energy(fuel cell, lithium ion battery cell) industry or biomaterial industry
- Task to be performed: research and develop metal foam together with the Korean company for application and commercialization of the development result in Europe.