Investigation of performance and durability of MEAs at higher temperature

Masahiko Kitamura, Yasuto Minamida, Xiaojing Zhao, Zhiyun Noda, Akari Hayashi, Kazunari Sasaki

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For the application of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) as a next generation fuel cell vehicle, an increase in the operation temperature up to 120 °C is desired in order to improve the power generation efficiency. The objective of our research is to extract problems on catalytic degradation above 100 °C with the aim of developing durable electrocatalysts for future high temperature PEFC. In this study, we have prepared standard membrane-electrode-assemblies made with Nafion® membrane and evaluated their durability against carbon oxidation in the cathode layer under increased temperature like 105 °C. As a result, comparing to the standard operation condition (80 °C and RH100%), the degradation rate of their electrochemical performance was much more increased at higher temperature. Furthermore, a collapsed carbon structure in the cathode layer was clearly observed under the high temperature operation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 14
EditorsK. Shinohara, S. R. Narayanan, K. Swider-Lyons, A. Weber, C. Coutanceau, R. Mantz, H. A. Gasteiger, D. Jones, M. Edmundson, S. Mitsushima, V. Ramani, Y. Meas, T. Fuller, H. Uchida, F. N. Buchi, K. A. Perry, T. J. Schmidt, J. M. Fenton, P. Strasser
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781607685395
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event14th Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Symposium, PEFC 2014 - 226th ECS Meeting - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Oct 5 2014Oct 9 2014

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737


Other14th Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Symposium, PEFC 2014 - 226th ECS Meeting

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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