Lookup NU author(s): Chenxi Xu,
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.
Author(s): Xu CX, Liu XT, Cheng JG, Scott K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Power Sources
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
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