Patents by Inventor Scott McDermid

Scott McDermid has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20050136314
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly has two gas diffusion layers, two catalyst layers and an ion-exchange membrane interposed therebetween wherein the ion-exchange membrane is cast from a sulphonated polyether ketone/sulfone ionomer. Specifically, the ionomer can be represented as A-B-C wherein Further x, y, z represent the mole ratios of each moiety in the ionomer such that x is between 0.25 and 0.40; y is between 0.01 and 0.26; and z is between 0.40 and 0.67. Melt viscosity of the corresponding base polymer also affects performance in the fuel cell, particularly at values over 0.4 kNsm?2 as measured at 400° C., 1000 s?1. In preparing the membrane electrode assembly, the catalyst layers may be coated directly on the membrane and then bonded with two gas diffusion layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Applicant: Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Stone, Cindy Mah, Paul Meharg, Sean MacKinnon, Scott McDermid, Stephen Hamada, Miho Hall
  • Publication number: 20050089746
    Abstract: Contamination of the ion-exchange membrane in an electrochemical fuel cell can significantly reduce the lifetime. One source of contamination is from sealant materials, particularly if the sealant is silicone and impregnated into the peripheral region of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and thus in close proximity to the ion-exchange membrane. Contamination may be reduced or eliminated by separating the electrochemical reaction and/or the ion-exchange membrane from the sealant material. In an embodiment, this is done by having the sealing region substantially free of active electrocatalyst particles (for example, selectively printing the catalyst to avoid the sealing region or poisoning catalyst in the sealing region). In another embodiment, a barrier film is interposed between the ion-exchange membrane and the sealant material impregnated into the MEA. In yet another embodiment, a barrier plug is impregnated into the fluid diffusion layer adjacent to the sealant material impregnated into the MEA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Applicant: Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory James, Sean MacKinnon, Duarte Sousa, David Summers, Warren Williams, Julie Bellerive, Myles Bos, Robert Rempel, Simon Farrington, Scott McDermid