The project will attempt to quantify and characterise the performance of proton-exchange membranes deployed in current fuel cell designs at the nanometre scale using emerging atomic force microscopic technologies capable of visualising and simulating the operational environments of fuel cells in real time . The principal objective is to address membrane-related problems of contamination and fouling and fuel-cell specific problems and issues such as electro-osmotic drag and related phenomena that impair performance . Precision imaging techniques are capable of directing remedial and modification processes aimed at resolving problems of cell performance . Pico-Newton-level force measurements of adhesion and other membrane-particle phenomena will be used as a basis for corrective measures and surface treatments to existing commercially-available and in development: membranes.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards