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A polybenzimidazole/ionic-liquid-graphite-oxide composite membrane for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

Lookup NU author(s): Chenxi Xu, Emeritus Professor Keith Scott


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Graphite oxide is successfully functionalised by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane ionic liquid and used as a filler material in a polybenzimidazole (PBI) membrane for high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells. The ionic-liquid-graphite-oxide/polybenzimidazole (ILGO/PBI) composite membrane exhibits an appropriate level of proton conductivity when imbibed with phosphoric acid at low phosphoric acid loading, which promotes its use in fuel cells by avoiding acid leakage and materials corrosion. The ionic conductivities of the ILGO/PBI membranes at 175 degrees C are 0.035 S cm(-1) and 0.025 S cm(-1) at per repeat units of 3.5 and 2.0, respectively. The fuel cell performance of ILGO/PBI membranes exhibits a maximum power density of 320 mW cm(-2) at 175 degrees C, which is higher than that of a pristine PBI membrane. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Xu CX, Liu XT, Cheng JG, Scott K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Power Sources

Year: 2015

Volume: 274

Pages: 922-927

Print publication date: 15/01/2015

Online publication date: 28/10/2014

Acceptance date: 21/10/2014

ISSN (print): 0378-7753

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2755

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.10.134


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Supergen, fuel cell consortium
2014HGQC0004Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities
2014M56050656th China Postdoctoral Science Foundation