Dr. Drover and his team are developing sensing equipment that will enhance how dihydrogen gas is stored and transported. Dihydrogen, produced using renewable energy and electrolysis, is a greener option than carbon-based fuels because when it burns it produces innocuous byproducts such as water, instead of such greenhouse gases as carbon dioxide.
Dr. Drover will begin the process by making new small molecules that will interact with dihydrogen. Dr. Rondeau-Gagné will take those molecules, incorporate them into polymers and make extended thin film networks of these new materials for use in hydrogen sensing. Finally, Dr. Mutus and his lab will use these film networks to build a new sensing device employing florescence spectroscopy.
This project will lead to new materials and devices that will accelerate economic recovery, expanding low-carbon fuel production opportunities and providing opportunities for communities and businesses nationwide, cementing Canada's position as a world-leader in safe dihydrogen technology.