New firm wants to produce cheap hydrogen with water splitting breakthrough

A new start-up with roots in the University of Kansas School of Engineering and Centre for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis has received new capital that will accelerate its mission to produce cheap hydrogen.

Avium LLC, headquartered at KU’s Bioscience and Technology Business Centre, will leverage a two-year, $750,000, Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to advance its technology that aims to broaden the popularity of hydrogen.

In order to develop the cheap hydrogen, the company is developing a Dual Element Matrix (DEM) Water Electrolyser which generates hydrogen from water using electricity at a much lower materials cost.

Founded back in 2017 by a KU Doctoral Student in Chemical Engineering, Joe Barforoush, and his faculty mentor Kevin Leonard, Associate Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Avium hopes to be a leading innovator in the hydrogen generation industry.

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