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Title: Corrosion resistant PEM fuel cell

The present invention contemplates a PEM fuel cell having electrical contact elements (including bipolar plates/septums) comprising a titanium nitride coated light weight metal (e.g., Al or Ti) core, having a passivating, protective metal layer intermediate the core and the titanium nitride. The protective layer forms a barrier to further oxidation/corrosion when exposed to the fuel cell's operating environment. Stainless steels rich in CR, Ni, and Mo are particularly effective protective interlayers.
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. (Troy, MI)
  2. (Okemos, MI)
  3. (West Bloomfield, MI)
  4. (Bloomfield, MI)
  5. (Orion Township, Oakland County, MI)
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OSTI Identifier:
General Motors Corporation (Detroit, MI) OSTI
Patent Number(s):
US RE37284
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Research Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
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