Preparation and Characterization for Carbon Composite Gas Diffusion Layer on Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

고분자 전해질 연료전지에서 탄소복합 기체확산층의 제조와 특성분석

  • Received : 2012.01.27
  • Accepted : 2012.02.24
  • Published : 2012.02.28


Gas diffusion layers (GDLs) of carbon composite type in polymer electrolyte fuel cells were prepared by simple and cheap manufacturing process. To obtain the carbon composite GDLs, carbon black with polymer binder was mixed in solvent, rolled to make sheet, and finally heat-treated at $340^{\circ}C$. The performance of fuel cell using composite GDLs was changed by PTFE content. The physical properties of composite GDLs for pore, conductivity and air permeability were analyzed to compare with the variation of fuel cell performance. The conductivity of composite GDLs was very similar to carbon paper as commercial GDL but pore properties and air flux were considerably different. The porosity, PTFE content and conductivity for composite GDLs did not have an influence on the cell performance much. The increase of pore diameter and air flux led to enhance cell performance.


Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell;Gas diffusion layer;Carbon composite;Electrode;porosity


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