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Composites of Nafion with a class of bio-molecules viz., plant hormones, are explored as potential polymer electrolytes for improving the proton transport inside the catalyst layer of a H2/O2 fuel cell. Specifically, four nitrogenous plant hormones, two each from the class of auxins and cytokinins have been investigated, following preliminary characterization of the composite dispersions and membranes. Interestingly, the use of indole-3-acetic acid (an auxin) in the catalyst layer reveals a 30% enhancement in Pt catalyst utilization and improved fuel cell performance by 150 mW /cm2. The effect of these bio-molecules on the kinetic and mass transport parameters has been analyzed systematically using a combination of electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bio-moleucles, Composites Nafion, polymer electrolyte
Subjects: Electrodeposition
Fuel Cells
Electrochemical Analysis
Electrochemical Materials Science
Depositing User: Sri Vamshi
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 09:33
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2012 12:28

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