Description of the publication:

Authors:

Agnieszka Iwan, Marek Malinowski, Andrzej Sikora, Igor Tazbir, Grzegorz Pasciak, Eugenia Grabiec

Title:

Nafion-115/aromatic poly(etherimide) with isopropylidene groups/imidazole membranes for polymer fuel cells

Journal:

Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Year:

2015

Vol:

132(34)

Pages:

42436

ISSN/ISBN:

01097-4628

DOI:

10.1002/app.42436

Link:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/app.42436/full

Keywords:

batteries and fuel cells; electrochemistry; polyimides

Abstract:

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) with Pt/C gas diffusion electrodes and graphite single-serpentine monopolar plates were constructed based on an aromatic poly(etherimide) with isopropylidene groups (PI)/imidazole (Im) and a popular Nafion-115 matrix. The electrochemical properties of PEMFCs were tested at 25 and 60°C. The maximum power density of 171 mW/cm2 and the maximum current density of 484 mA/cm2 were detected for Nafion-115/PI membrane. For both constructed PEMFCs the efficiency at 0.6 V was found about 41%. Immersion of Nafion-115 in PI or PI/Im increased the thermal stability and mechanical properties of membranes. Thermal, mechanical properties and morphology of membranes were characterized by TGA, and AFM techniques including force spectroscopy. Interactions between the components in composite membranes were established by FT-IR. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42436.

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Example figure:

3D view of the surface of the sample

Used methods:

TapppingMode