Momentum Materials Solutions


Advanced Materials For A Better Future

Bringing innovative materials to the PEM 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 Scaffold

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.


PEM 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 the 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. In December 2019, Viola and Arlene received GRinSTEM grant and co-founded Momentum Materials Solutions to build novel carbon material-based solutions for hydrogen fuel cells. Arlene is passionate about transferring lab technologies 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.

Cameron Armstrong, MBA


Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, majoring in Business Management with a minor in Investment Management. He relocated to Calgary during the pandemic to pursue his MBA specializing in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development. Following his work as a Business Analyst in the Fall of 2021, he has taken the lead of our Business Development operations.


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