PEMFC Performance of MEAS Based on Nafion® and sPSEBS Hybrid Membranes

PEMFC Performance of MEAS Based on Nafion® and sPSEBS Hybrid Membranes

Francisco J. Fernandez-CarreteroKarina Suarez Omar Solorza Evaristo Riande Vicente Compan 

Dpto. Termodinámica Aplicada. ETSII. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. 46020. Valencia (Spain)

Departamento de Química. Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, CINVESTAV-IPN. A. Postal 14-740, 07360 México DF. (México)

Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros. CSIC. 28006. Madrid. (Spain)

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191-199
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DOI: 
https://doi.org/10.14447/jnmes.v13i3.158
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Accepted: 
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Published: 
1 July 2010
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Abstract: 

Hybrid membranes based on Nafion® 117 and sulfonated Calprene® H6120 containing partially sulfonated inorganic fillers such as silica, SBA-15 and sepiolite have been prepared and evaluated as polyelectrolytes for low temperature fuel cells. The water uptake of Nafion® hybrid membranes is 1/3 to 1/4 of that in composite membranes based on sulfonated Calprene® H6120. The proton conductivity of Nafion® 117 hybrid membranes-electrode assemblies is in the most unfavorable cases nearly 1/5 of that exhibited by the pristine Nafion®membrane assembly. In general sulfonated Calprene® H6120 hybrid membranes present better proton conductivity than the Nafion® 117 composites. The performance of fuel cells containing different MEAs was studied and the kinetic parameters governing the voltage dependence on current density estimated.

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