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Heteropolyacids - Chitosan Membranes for H2/O2 Low Temperature Fuel Cells

  • Authors: Santamaria, M.; Pecoraro, C. M.; Di Franco, F.; Di Quarto, F.
  • Publication year: 2016
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Flat, free-standing phosphomolybdic acid and mixed phosphotungstic/phosphomolybdic acid chitosan membranes were prepared by in-situ ionotropic gelation process at room temperature on porous alumina support firstly impregnated by heteropolyacid. The polymeric films were tested as proton conductor in low temperature H2 – O2 fuel cell. Chitosan/phosphomolybdic acid membranes allowed to get peak power of 60 mW cm-2, while better results were obtained with mixed membranes, reticulated and functionalized in 30% H3PMo12O40, - 70% H3PW12O40 aqueous solution, allowing to measure a peak power of 140 mW cm-2 with a proton conductivity of ~ 2.5 mS cm-1.