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A microblock ionomer in proton exchange membrane electrolysis for the production of high purity hydrogen

Smith, D. W., Oladoyinbo, F. O., Mortimore, W. A., Colquhoun, H. M., Thomassen, M. S., Ødegård, A., Guillet, N., Mayousse, E., Klicpera, T. and Hayes, W. (2013) A microblock ionomer in proton exchange membrane electrolysis for the production of high purity hydrogen. Macromolecules, 46 (4). pp. 1504-1511. ISSN 0024-9297

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1021/ma3026145

Abstract/Summary

Proton exchange membranes (PEM’s) are currently under investigation for membrane water electrolysis (PEMWE) to deliver efficient production of the high purity hydrogen needed to supply emerging clean-energy technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells. The microblock aromatic ionomer described in this work achieves high mechanical strength in an aqueous environment as a result of its designed, biphasic morphology and displays many of the qualities required in a PEM. The new ionomer membrane thus shows good proton conductivity (63 mS cm−1 at 80 °C and 100% RH), while retaining mechanical integrity under high temperature, hydrated conditions. Testing in electrolysis has shown good energy efficiency (1.67 V at 1 A cm−2 and 80 °C, corresponding to 4 kWh/Nm3 of H2), making this ionomer a potential candidate for commercial application in PEMWE.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:32626
Publisher:American Chemical Society

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