Advanced Materials For A Better Future

Bringing innovative materials to the hydrogen fuel cell market to drive performance and protect the planet



Momentum Materials has developed a novel nanoporous carbon scaffold (NCS). Various independent lab tests have validated increased performance, improved durability, and lowered comprehensive costs for new generation, order-structure membrane electrode assemblies with this technology when compared to those constructed with catalyst coated membrane technology. 

High Temperature Resistance
Aggressive Solvents Tolerance

Nanoporous Carbon Membrane

Fully tunable pore sizes and membrane thickness
Great electrical conductivity (2-10 S/cm) and ultra-low tortuosity (<1.5)
  • Content: 91-95% C, 4-8% O, 1% H. The carbon content can be tuned to 99% if required. ~50% of the surface carbon atom is connected to hydroxyl, with -OH group density of ~0.00001/m2.
  • Three dimensional, interconnected porous structure, with ultra-low tortuosity, facilitating ion or gas diffusion.
  • Pore size ranges from 10 nm to 100 nm, and specific surface area ranges from 250 m2/g to 650 m2/g.
  • Able to functionize with various groups, to load catalysts and make composites.


Hydrogen Fuel Cell


Lithium Battery

Catalyst Substrate


Chengying (Arlene) Ai, M.Sc.


Chengying (Arlene) Ai graduated from Anhui Agriculture University (China) with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Applied Chemistry. After that, she attended University of Calgary to obtain a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Her Master’s research under Dr. Viola Birss and Dr. Sathish Ponnurangam focused on Polyaniline-Coated Nanoporous Carbon Scaffold for Energy Storage and Water Deionization Applications. She is also a co-inventor of the Carbon Membrane-Based Filtration Technology. Chengying (Arlene) is passionate about transferring the technologies she co-developed into real life applications to benefit the world.

Viola Birss, Ph.D.


Dr. Viola Birss is a world leader in the area of electrochemistry at surfaces and interfaces and in nanomaterials development for a wide range of clean energy applications. Viola is a Professor of Chemistry and has been a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cells and Related Energy Systems at the University of Calgary since 2004. She was a co-founder and leader of the Western Canada Fuel Cell Initiative and the pan-Canadian Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Canada (SOFCC) Research Network, and is currently the Scientific Director of CAESR-Tech (Calgary Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion Research Technology group) at the University of Calgary, a cluster composed of ca. 20 research groups (over 80 members) in science and engineering.

Anand Singh, Ph.D.


Anand obtained his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has been working as a Research Associate at the University of Calgary since 2013. Anand has over 15 years of research experience in Electrochemical (Fuel cells, batteries, corrosion, sensors), Petrochemical (Ethane-steam cracking, coke formation and removal, carbon nanofiber formation from ethane and methane) and Chemical (Catalysis, biodiesel production, reactor design) Engineering. He also has 4-year experience working in the Chemical Manufacturing and Oil and Gas industry.


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