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Development of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) for Telecom fuel cell applications

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dc.contributor.author Abdulkareem, A.S.
dc.contributor.author Afolabi, A.S.
dc.contributor.author Idibie, C.A.
dc.contributor.author Iyuke, S.E.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-28T13:18:17Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-28T13:18:17Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09-20
dc.identifier.citation This paper was presented at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference, 30 Augustus - 2 September 2009, Royal Swazi Spa, Swaziland. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3256
dc.description.abstract The high cost of fuel cells compared to other energy sources creates uncertainty about the projected full scale commercialization of this device. This paper describes the synthesis of a proton exchange membrane from the locally available polystyrene butadiene for fuel cell applications. Chlorosulphonic acid was used as the sulphonating agent and the effect of degree of sulphonation on membrane characteristics was determined. The sulphonated membranes were characterized according to its ion exchange capacity (IEC), degree of sulphonation (DS), proton conductivity, thermal stability and performance in a PEM fuel cell stack. These membranes were found to have proton conductivities in the order of 10-3-10-2S/cm in their fully hydrated state, which increases with an increase in degree of sulphonation. Other results revealed that the synthesized membranes are thermally stable and its performance in a PEM fuel cell stack is influenced by the degree of sulphonation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference en
dc.subject Current density en
dc.subject Degree of sulphonation en
dc.subject Proton exchange membrane en
dc.subject Polystyrene butadiene rubber en
dc.subject Fuel cells en
dc.subject Power density en
dc.subject Telecom en
dc.subject Sulphonation en
dc.title Development of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) for Telecom fuel cell applications en
dc.type Article en


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