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A H2SO4 Loaded Polybenzimidazole (PBI) Membrane for High Temperature PEMFC

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Xingzheng Wu, Emeritus Professor Keith Scott


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Sulfuric acid loaded polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes were prepared with loading levels up to 10.58 (acid molecule per repeat unit of PBI) and characterized with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Ionic conductivity of the PBI-H2SO4 membrane was found greater than that of the PBI-H3PO4 membrane. Through plane conductivity of a PBI-H2SO4 membrane with loading level 9.65 was >0.2?S?cm1 at 150?degrees C. However, the conductivity of PBI-H2SO4 membrane increased greatly with increasing relative humidity. Membrane electrode assemblies using PBI-H2SO4 membrane exhibited better power density performances with pre-humidified H2 and air than that with none-humidified gases. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells with PBI-H2SO4 membrane in a single cell fixture demonstrated a peak power density >0.35?W?cm2 with H2 and air.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wu X, Scott K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fuel Cells

Year: 2012

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 583-588

Print publication date: 23/05/2012

ISSN (print): 1615-6846

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Publisher: Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA


DOI: 10.1002/fuce.201100145


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