A polybenzimidazole/graphite oxide based three layer membrane for intermediate temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

Deng, Yuming, Wang, Gang, Fei, Ming Ming, Huang, Xin, Cheng, Jigui, Liu, Xiaoteng, Xing, Lei, Scott, Keith and Xu, Chenxi (2016) A polybenzimidazole/graphite oxide based three layer membrane for intermediate temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. RSC Advances, 6 (76). pp. 72224-72229. ISSN 2046-2069

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ra11307a

Abstract

A three layer membrane (TLM) of polybenzimidazole/graphite oxide/polybenzimidazole (PBI/GO/PBI) has been fabricated as an electrolyte for intermediate temperature polymer exchange membrane fuel cells (IT-PEMFCs). The membrane is prepared by encapsulating a GO layer with two single PBI membranes via a layer-by-layer procedure and subsequently imbibed with phosphoric acid (PA). The TLM exhibits a lower swelling ratio than that of the pristine PBI membrane at the same PA loading time. The mechanical strength of the TLM could reach 28.6 MPa at 150 °C, significantly higher than that of a PBI membrane (12.2 MPa). The TLM is loaded with a PA amount of 2.23H3PO4 molecules per repeat unit (PRU), which provides a proton conductivity of 0.0138 S cm−1 at 150 °C. The three layer structure promotes a membrane for PEMFCs with lower PA leakage and material corrosion. The fuel cell performance based on TLM exhibits a peak power density of 210 mW cm−2 at 150 °C.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 14:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27599

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