Chemical Degradation of Perfluorinated Sulfonic Acid Membranes

  • Minoru Inaba


Chemical degradation of perfluorinated sulfonic acid (PFSA) membranes during operation is a serious problem to be overcome before commercialization of electric vehicles and stationary cogeneration systems based on polymer electrolyte fuel cells. In this chapter, the mechanism for peroxide/radical formation, which works as an active species for membrane degradation, in the cell is comprehensively introduced, including recent findings. Accelerated testing methodology and the chemistry of PFSA membrane degradation are also outlined to improve the durability of PFSA membranes in polymer electrolyte fuel cells.


Oxygen Reduction Reaction Drain Water Open Circuit Voltage Chemical Degradation Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell 
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