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Title: Composite plasma polymerized sulfonated polystyrene membrane for PEMFC

Highlights: • Methyl methane sulfonate (MMS) is used as the sulfonating agent. • The proton conductivity of the membrane is found to be 0.141 S cm{sup −1}. • Power density of fuel cell with styrene/MMS membrane is 0.5 W cm{sup −2}. • The membrane exhibits thermal stability up to 140 °C. - Abstract: This work presents the introduction of an organic compound methyl methane sulfonate (MMS) for the first time in fabrication of polystyrene based proton exchange membrane (PEM) by plasma polymerization process. The membrane is fabricated by co-polymerizing styrene and MMS in capacitively coupled continuous RF plasma. The chemical composition of the plasma polymerized polymer membrane is investigated using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy which reveals the formation of composite structure of styrene and MMS. The surface morphology studied using AFM and SEM depicts the effect of higher partial pressure of MMS on surface topography of the membrane. The proton transport property of the membrane studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows the achievement of maximum proton conductivity of 0.141 S cm{sup −1} which is comparable to Nafion 117 membrane. Fuel cell performance test of the synthesized membrane shows a maximum power density of 500 mW cm{sup −2} and current densitymore » of 0.62 A cm{sup −2} at 0.6 V.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22475974
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 70; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; CURRENT DENSITY; ELECTROCHEMISTRY; FOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETERS; MEMBRANES; METHYL METHANESULFONATE; PARTIAL PRESSURE; PERFORMANCE; POLYMERIZATION; POLYSTYRENE; POWER DENSITY; PROTON CONDUCTIVITY; PROTON EXCHANGE MEMBRANE FUEL CELLS; PROTON TRANSPORT; PROTONS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SPECTROSCOPY; STYRENE; SURFACES