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Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
Project fact sheet: 

The objective of the present proposal is to understand the functional operation and degradation mechanisms of high temperature H3PO4imbibed PEM and its electrochemical interface.

The state of the art high temperature PEMFC technology is based on H3POimbibed polymer electrolytes. The most challenging areas towards the optimization of this technology are:

  • The development of stable, long lasting polymer structures with high ionic conductivity.
  • The design and development of catalytic layers with novel structures and architectures aiming to more active and stable electrochemical interfaces with minimal Pt loads or nanostructured alloyed Pt electrocatalysts and catalytic layers, which will be supported on finely dispersed or structurally organized modified carbon supports (nanotubes, pyrolytic carbon) so that a stable electrocatalytic layer with full metal electrocatalyst utilization at the electrode/electrolyte interface can be achieved.
  • The understanding of fundamentals of the failure mechanisms. In this way, we can use that information to guide the development of new materials or we can develop system approaches to mitigate these failures. The successful implementation of the project will result in commercially available reliable MEAs. The high temperature MEA will be based on a) ABPBI and variants as control group and b) the advanced state of the art TPS electrolytes based on aromatic polyethers bearing basic pyridine units able to interact through an acid base reaction with H3PO4. These MEAs have been tested at temperatures up to 200oC, where they exhibit stable and efficient operation. In the present proposal these advanced materials in the form of MEAs will be studied and tested in single fuel cells with regards to their operating conditions and long term stability aiming to the development of a series of diagnostic tests that will lead in the design and development of an accelerated test and prediction tool for the MEA’s performance.


Project details
Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.3: Degradation and lifetime fundamentals
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Friday, January 1, 2010
End date: 
Monday, December 31, 2012
36 months
Project cost: 
€ 3,189,918.80
Project funding: 
€ 1,638,986

Advanced Energy Technologies, Greece

Dr. Stylianos Neophytides
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Other participating organisations: 
Advanced Energy Technologies Greece
Foundation  for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) Greece
Paul Scherrer Institute Switzerland
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France
FuMATech GmbH Germany
Instituteof Chemical Technology Prague Czech Republic
Next Energy - EWE-Forschungszentrum fur Energietechnologie e.V. Germany
Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
Patents and Publications
GR 20110100058 A ADVENT S.A., University of Patras, FORTH/ICE-HT http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?FT=D&date=20120920&DB=worldwide.espacenet.com&locale=en_EP&CC=GR&NR=20110100058A&KC=A&ND=5 Yes
US2012202129 Advent Technologies (GR) http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=US&NR=2012202129A1&KC=A1&FT=D&ND=4&date=20120809&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP Yes
Konstantinia D. Papadimitrioua, Maria Geormezi, Stylianos G. Neophytides, Joannis K. Kallitsis Journal of Membranes Science 433 Covalent cross linking in phosphoric acid of pyridine based aromatic polyethers bearing side double bonds for use in high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
Christina I. Morfopoulou, Aikaterini K. Andreopoulou, Maria K. Daletou, Stylianos G. Neophytides and Joannis K. Kallitsis Journal of Materials Chemistry 1 Cross linked high temperature polymer electrolytes through oxadiazole bond formation and their applications in HT PEM fuel cells
Sebastian Kaserer, Christoph Rakousky, Julia Melke, Christina Roth Journal of Applied Electrochemistry - Design of a reference electrode for high temperature PEM fuel cells
Alfonso Crespo-Yapur, Antoine Bonnefont,Rolf Schuster, Katharina Krischer, Elena R. Savinova ChemPhysChem 14 Cooperative behaviour of Pt microelectrodes during CO bulk electrooxidation
Ioannis Kalamaras, Maria K. Daletou, Stylianos G. Neophytides, Joannis K. Kallitsis Journal of Membranes Science 415-416 Thermal crosslinking of aromatic polyethers bearing pyridine groups for use as high temperature polymer electrolytes
M. Geormezi, V. Deimede, J.K. Kallitsisa, S. Neophytides Journal of Membranes Science 396 Polymer blends based on copolymers bearing both side and main chain pyridine units as proton exchange membranes for high temperature fuel cells
Sebastian Kaserer, Keegan M. Caldwell, David E. Ramaker and Christina Roth Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 Analyzing the Influence of H3PO4 as Catalyst Poison in High Temperature PEM Fuel Cells Using in-operando X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
P.S. Ruvinskiy, A. Bonnefont, E.R. Savinova Electrochimica Acta 84 3D ordered layers of vertically aligned carbon nanofilaments as a model approach to study electrocatalysis on nanomaterials
Pavel S. Ruvinskiy, Antoine Bonnefont, Cuong Pham-Huu and Elena R. Savinova Langmuir 27 Using Ordered Carbon Nanomaterials for Shedding Light on the Mechanism of the Cathodic Oxygen Reduction Reaction
I. Kalamaras, M. K. Daletou, V. G. Gregoriou, J. K. Kallitsis Fuel Cells 11 Sulfonated aromatic polyethers containing pyridine units as electrolytes for high temperature fuel cells
A. Orfanidi, M.K. Daletou, S.G. Neophytides Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 106 Preparation and characterization of Pt on modified multi-wall carbon nanotubes to be used as electrocatalysts for high temperature fuel cell applications
Christina Morfopoulou, Aikaterini K. Andreopoulou, Joannis K. Kallitsis Polymer Chemistry 49 The Effect of Structural Variations on Aromatic Polyethers for High-Temperature PEM Fuel Cells
Pavel S. Ruvinskiy, Antoine Bonnefont, Maryam Bayati and Elena R. Savinova Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12 Mass transport effects in CO bulk electrooxidation on Pt nanoparticles supported on vertically aligned carbon nanofilaments
P.S. Ruvinskiy, A. Bonnefont, M. Houllé, C. Pham-Huu, E.R. Savinova Electrochimica Acta 55 Preparation, testing and modeling of three-dimensionally ordered catalytic layers for electrocatalysis of fuel cell reactions
Pavel S. Ruvinskiy, Antoine Bonnefont, Elena R. Savinova Electrocatalysis 2 Further insight into the oxygen reduction reaction on Pt nanoparticles supported on spatially structured catalytic layers
Konstantinia D. Papadimitriou, Fotis Paloukis, Stylianos G. Neophytides and Joannis K. Kallitsis Macromolecules 44 Cross linking of side chain unsaturated aromatic polyethers for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications