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Hydrocarbon Polymers Could Fit the Bill for Fuel Cell Vehicles

Hydrocarbon polymers with a high oil absorption capacity have been developed by a Penn State research team headed by Mike Chung, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. While Chung’s research shows great potential to aid in oil spill recovery and cleanup, it has also garnered him a large grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

There is an increased focus on hydrogen storage, technology and capability at DOE, with a primary aim of developing better and more efficient hydrogen storage systems for fuel cell vehicles by 2020. Chung’s superabsorbent hydrocarbon polymers show the potential to be used as a “hydrogen sponge” in the storage tanks of fuel cell vehicles and could be critical to the safe and efficient use of hydrogen fuel.

Read more on the grant and Chung’s research in this article from the DOE Science News Source.

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