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Zeroavia acquires Hypoint

Zeroavia, the leader in developing zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation, has acquired the fuel cell stack innovator, Hypoint. Hypoint has developed high-temperature fuel cell technology for aviation based on polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes commercially available from BASF and developed in Prof. Benicewicz’s lab. As a co-founder of Hypoint, Prof. Benicewicz will continue to support the Zeroavia-Hypoint team in high-temperature PEM development for aviation applications.

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Professor Benicewicz Receives ACS Florida Award

Prof. Benicewicz received the 2020 ACS Florida Award on August 5, 2022 at the FAME meeting at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL. The FAME meetings were delayed by the COVID shutdowns, but returned in-person this year. Prof. Benicewicz awards address described the recent advances in PBI membranes for fuel cells. Congratulations Prof. Benicewicz!

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The Benicewicz Group is creating polymers with enhanced capabilities and investigating new polymers for high temperature fuel cell membranes. Learn more


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The Benicewicz Group’s new state-of-the-art facility is located in the new Horizon I building at the University of South Carolina’s Innovista Research Complex. See more


The Next Generation

Members of The Benicewicz Group are driven to achieve new heights in fuel cell and polymer nanocomposite research. Meet the Group