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Exfoliated Pt-clay/Nafion nanocomposite membrane for self-humidifying polymer electrolyte fuel cells

Authors Zhang, Wenjing HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Li, Martin Ka Shing HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Yue, Po-Lock View this author's profile
Gao, Ping View this author's profile
Issue Date 2008
Source Langmuir , v. 24, (6), 18 March 2008, Pages 2663-2670
Summary Monolayers of Pt nanoparticles of diameters of 2-3 nm with a high crystallinity were successfully anchored onto exfoliated nanoclay surfaces using a novel chemical vapor deposition process. Chemical bonding of Pt to the oxygen on the clay surface ensured the stability of the Pt nanoparticles, and hence, no leaching of Pt particles was observed after a prolonged ultrasonication and a rigorous mechanical agitation of Pt-clay in the Nafion solution during the membrane casting process. Systematic analysis using WAXD and TEM showed that the recasting process produced a new self-humidifying exfoliated Pt-clay/Nafion nanocomposite membrane with a high crystallinity and proton conductivity. In situ water production for humidification of the dry membranes without any external humidification was characterized by a combined water uptake and FTIR analysis of the as-prepared membrane after a single cell testing without using electrodes. The power density at 0.5 V of a single cell made of a Pt-clay/Nafion nanocomposite membrane was 723 mW/cm(2), which is 170\% higher than that made of a commercial Nafion 112 membrane of similar thickness. No compromise in mechanical properties was observed.
ISSN 0743-7463
Language English
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