Bulletin of Materials Science

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 285–294 | Cite as

Nafion and modified-Nafion membranes for polymer electrolyte fuel cells: An overview

  • A. K. Sahu
  • S. Pitchumani
  • P. Sridhar
  • A. K. Shukla
Article

Abstract

Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) employ membrane electrolytes for proton transport during the cell reaction. The membrane forms a key component of the PEFC and its performance is controlled by several physical parameters, viz. water up-take, ion-exchange capacity, proton conductivity and humidity. The article presents an overview on Nafion membranes highlighting their merits and demerits with efforts on modified-Nafion membranes.

Keywords

Composite membrane relative humidity surface area PEFC 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Sahu
    • 2
  • S. Pitchumani
    • 2
  • P. Sridhar
    • 2
  • A. K. Shukla
    • 1
  1. 1.Solid State and Structural Chemistry UnitIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Central Electrochemical Research InstituteKaraikudiIndia

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