Mechanical properties of nafion and nafion/titania membranes for Pem fuel cells

M. Barclay Satterfield, Paul W. Majsztrik, Hitoshi Ota, Jay Burton Benziger, Andrew Bruce Bocarsly

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


The addition of metal oxide particles to recast Nafion membranes improves fuel cell performance, particularly at high temperatures and reduced humidity. Operation under these conditions is desirable for enhanced CO tolerance and heat management, yet often causes membrane drying, reducing proton conductivity and over-all cell performance. Membrane mechanical and water-sorption properties were examined and comparisons were made between Nafion and Nafion/Titania composite membranes. Nafion/Titania composite membranes hade a slightly higher swelling pressure, consistent with a slightly higher Young's modulus. The interplay of thermodynamics and kinetics in Nafion water sorption-sulfonic acid solvation, concentration-driven and concentration-dependent diffusion, etc. were examined in light of measured mechanical properties of the membrane. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2006 AIChE Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA 11/12-17/2006).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2006Nov 17 2006

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


Dive into the research topics of 'Mechanical properties of nafion and nafion/titania membranes for Pem fuel cells'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this