Coupled Proton and Water Transport in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes

  • J. Fimrite
  • B. Carnes
  • H. Struchtrup
  • N. Djilali
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 113)


Solid polymer electrolytes, typically perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) membranes, are at the core of Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). These membranes electrically and mechanically isolate the anode and cathode while, when appropriately humidified, allowing for effective ion migration. Nafion, manufactured by DuPont, is one of the most thoroughly used and studied membranes in the PFSA family. Another family of membranes that holds some promise for use in PEMFCs is the group of sulfonated polyaromatic membranes, typically sulfonated polyetherketones. While research is being performed on other types of membranes, as well as hybrid membranes that might have been better-suited properties, information on these is scarce [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10].

The functionality of polymer electrolyte membranes depends on an array of coupled transport phenomena that determine water content and conductivity. This Chapter synthesizes understanding of the salient phenomena,...


Fuel Cell Sorption Isotherm Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Perfluorosulfonic Acid Fuel Cell Model 
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This work was funded in part by grants to ND from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the MITACS Network of Centres of Excellence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Fimrite
    • 1
  • B. Carnes
    • 1
  • H. Struchtrup
    • 1
  • N. Djilali
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Integrated Energy SystemsUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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