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Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 207–212 | Cite as

Zeolite-based composite membranes for high temperature direct methanol fuel cells

  • V. BaglioEmail author
  • A.S. Arico
  • A. Di Blasi
  • P. L. Antonucci
  • F. Nannetti
  • V. Tricoli
  • V. Antonucci
Article

Abstract

Composite Nafion membranes containing three natural zeolites (Mordenite, Chabazite and Clinoptilolite) were prepared by using a recast procedure for application in high temperature Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs). The Nafion-zeolite membranes have shown good properties for high temperature DMFC application, due to their improved water retention characteristics. A maximum power density of 390 mW cm−2 was achieved at 140 °C with the mordenite-based composite membranes in the presence of oxygen feed. The electrochemical behaviour of the composite membranes was interpreted in the light of surface properties and acidic characteristics of the fillers.

Keywords

acidic properties composite Nafion membranes DMFCs zeolites 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Baglio
    • 1
    Email author
  • A.S. Arico
    • 1
  • A. Di Blasi
    • 1
  • P. L. Antonucci
    • 2
  • F. Nannetti
    • 3
  • V. Tricoli
    • 3
  • V. Antonucci
    • 1
  1. 1.CNR-ITAE InstituteMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Mechanics and MaterialsUniversity of Reggio CalabriaReggio CalabriaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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