Enhanced chemical durability of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells by crown ether grafted carbon nanotube

Keun Hwan Oh, Youngmo Goo, Myounghwan Kim, Jiyoung Park, Kwan Woo Nam, Heejin Kim

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Low chemical stability of membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) remains a major obstacle to commercialization of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). In this study, we doubly anchored cerium-ion in the catalyst layer by forming a complex with the 15-crown-5-ether and additionally grafting to the multiwall carbon nanotube (Ce/CRE-graft-CNT) as a long-lasting radical scavenger. To confirm the effect of Ce/CRE-graft-CNT on chemical durability, the binding energy between the cerium-ion and crown ether was identified with DFT calculations. The incorporation of Ce/CRE-graft-CNT into catalyst layer decreases decay rate of open circuit voltage (OCV) by 4 times from 2.13 to 0.56 mV h−1 for 210 h operation. The performance retention of the Ce/CRE-graft-CNT (70.8 %) at 0.6 V is also higher than that of the Ce/CRE-blend-CNT (44.8 %). The results indicate that the doubly anchored Ce/CRE-graft-CNT has a more retention capability as a radical scavenger. Therefore, a tightly bounded cerium-ion/crown ether complex with CNT can provide a strategy to improve the chemical durability of MEAs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number167227
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
StatePublished - 20 Dec 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Technology Innovation Program ( 1415179321/20012133 ) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy ( MOTIE , Korea) and the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology ( KEIT ), and the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology ( KRICT ) Core Research Program (KS2222-10 ). H. Kim acknowledges the financial support of the Korea Basic Science Institute ( C230110 ).

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  • Carbon nanotube
  • Cerium ion
  • Crown ether
  • Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell
  • Radical scavenger


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