S-Space College of Engineering/Engineering Practice School (공과대학/대학원) Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering (화학생물공학부) Journal Papers (저널논문_화학생물공학부)
Mussel-inspired polydopamine-treated composite electrolytes for long-term operations of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
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- Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol.1 No.46, pp.14484-14490
- While composite proton-conductive membranes have been demonstrated to enhance the durability of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), preservation of homogeneous interfaces between inner components has often been a nontrivial challenge for long-term cell operations. Herein, we report mussel-inspired polydopamine as an adhesive mediator between proton-conductive sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (sPEEK) and mechanically stable porous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) substrates. The polydopamine coating facilitates a conformal interface between both components with a large surface energy difference and enables such homogeneous membranes for long-term cell operations. The enhanced mechanical stability and stable conformation of the composite membranes were reflected by superior electrochemical performance over repeated wet/dry cycles via suppressed crack/void space formation and edge failure. The present study suggests that the mussel-inspired polymer coating is a useful scheme for various energy devices that need to deal with multiple components with different surface energies.
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