These hydrophilic coatings can be used in industrial applications where due to the existing conditions oxidation resistance causes inefficiency in the performance.
Extended missions to the Lunar and Martian surface depend upon the efficient storage of energy for base power use during long nighttime periods. The passive PEM Regenerative Fuel Cell (RFC) is a leading candidate to fill these energy storage requirements. The development of efficient hydrophilic coatings to control water transport within the RFC would be a valuable application to NASA of this new technology development. In addition, should NASA requirements dictate a Unitized RFC for the Mars mission, very efficient, highly reliable, oxidative resistant, electrically conductive, hydrophilic coatings could classify as enabling technology for the Unitized RFC. The hydrophilic coatings technology could also satisfy NASA applications in PEM fuel cell primary and RFC power for Shuttle-type vehicles and Lunar Rovers. And where hydrogen is required by NASA, hydrophilic coatings could be very valuable for PEM electrolyzer/hydrogen generators.