Graphene as corrosion protection for metal foam flow distributor in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Yi Husan Lee, Shi Min Li, Chung Jen Tseng, Ching Yuan Su, Sheng Chun Lin, Jhe Wei Jhuang

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Abstract

In this study, graphene was grown on nickel foam by chemical vapor deposition method. The morphology and crystallization of graphene films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Graphene-coated nickel foams have been used as flow distributor in a single PEM fuel cell, and the current density of the cell reached 1000 mA/cm2 at 0.6 V. Tafel analysis indicates that graphene-coated samples showed greatly lower corrosion current density (nine times) than the uncoated ones. The contact angle was 35% larger than uncoated sample. These results clearly show that graphene-coated metal foams significantly enhances electrical conductivity and hydrophobicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22201-22207
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume42
Issue number34
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • CVD graphene
  • Nickel foam
  • PEM fuel cell
  • Tafel analysis

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