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Influence of the Graphitisation Degree of Carbon Nano Fibres Serving as Support Material for Noble Metal Electro Catalysts on the Performance of PEM Fuel Cells

  • In this experimental work polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) electrodes are analysed, which are prepared by the use of two sorts of carbon nano fibres (CNF) serving as support material for platinum nano particles. Those CNFs, which are heat treated subsequently to their production, have a higher graphitisation degree than fibres as produced. The improved graphitisation degree leads to higher electrical conductivity, which is favourably for the use in PEMFC electrodes. Samples have been analysed, in order to determine graphitisation degree, electrical conductivity, as well as morphology and loading of the prepared electro catalyst. Membrane electrode assemblies manufactured from prepared electrodes are analysed in-situ in a PEM fuel cell test environment. It has been determined that power output for samples containing CNFs with higher graphitisation degree is increased by about 13.5%.

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Author:Ulrich Rost, Roxana Muntean, Pit Podleschny, Gabriela Marginean, Michael Brodmann, Viorel-Aurel Serban
Parent Title (English):Solid state phenomena
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2017/02/02
Year of first Publication:2016
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2017/02/15
First Page:27
Last Page:32
Departments / faculties:Institute / Westfälisches Energieinstitut
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das Urheberrechtsgesetz

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