Polymer Electrolyte Water Electrolysis: Correlating Porous Transport Layer Structural Properties and Performance: Part I. Tomographic Analysis of Morphology and Topology
De Bruycker, Ruben
Schmidt, Thomas J.
Büchi, Felix N.
- Journal Article
In the first paper of this series, the bulk, surface and transport properties of porous transport layer materials (PTL) for polymer electrolyte water electrolysis cells (PEWE) are characterized. A systematic PTL matrix of Ti fiber materials with 3 fiber diameters and 2 nominal porosities as well as a state of the art sintered powder material are investigated to get a better understanding of the governing parameters in electrolysis cells. X-ray tomographic microscopy analysis of ex situ PTL structures and post operando membrane electrode assemblies is performed. On the tomographic structures, bulk (porosity, pore/solid size distributions, fiber orientation), mass transport (diffusivity, permeability, conductivities) and surface parameters (roughness, membrane deformation, PTL surface area and interfacial contact area) are determined. The second paper of this series will correlate the structural parameters with in-depth electrochemical analysis. The new insights into the effect of PTL properties on PEWE performance allow to isolate governing key parameters. From know-how obtained on the fiber based materials fundamental design guidelines for optimization of PTL structures are deduced Show more
Journal / seriesJournal of the Electrochemical Society
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SubjectEnergy conversion; Energy Storage; Industrial Electrolysis; polymer electrolyte water electrolysis; porous transport layer; membrane deformation; surface roughness; interface
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