Proton conductive inorganics foi composite membranes in PEM fuel cells

Chunmei Wang, Elena Chalkova, Christopher Lute, Mark Fedkin, Sridhar Komarneni, T. C.Mike Chung, Serguei Lvov

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The main objective of this study is to synthesize new membrane materials in which inorganic proton conductors are deposited within a functionalized and cross-linkable Teflon-type polymer. These new composite membranes are aimed to efficiently conduct protons at temperatures above 100°C and relative humidity (RH) down to 25% in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. To effectively choose inorganic proton conductors, the conductivity studies of different materials are performed in our lab. An experimental system was developed and Gamry Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) was applied to measure the proton conductivity of inorganic materials. Alpha zirconium phosphate was used as a standard to check the accuracy of the present experimental approach. The conductivity of the solid acid sulfated zirconia (S-ZiO2) was studied. The proton transport mechanisms in inorganic proton conductors were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationECS Transactions - Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells 8
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages9
Edition2 PART 2
ISBN (Print)9781566776486
StatePublished - 2009
EventProton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells 8, PEMFC - 214th ECS Meeting - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2008Oct 17 2008

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
Number2 PART 2
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737


OtherProton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells 8, PEMFC - 214th ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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