Microscopic states of water and methanol in Nafion membrane observed by NMR micro imaging

Junichi Kawamura, Kazuki Hattori, Takahiro Hongo, Ryo Asayama, Naoaki Kuwata, Takeshi Hattori, Junichiro Mizusaki

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Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) is a promising energy source for potable electric devices. However the local structure and the transport mechanism of the water and the methanol in the solid electrolyte membrane have not been well understood. In this paper is reported the recent results of the proton NMR spectra and diffusion measurements of water and methanol in Nafion 117. Also, the NMR micro-imaging technique has been applied for the diffusion and exchange of water molecules in the membrane. The chemical shift decreased monotonically as the water content increased and the slope was found to change at water uptake ratio N ~ 6, probably corresponding to the different environment of protons in the membrane. Water and methanol contents in the Nafion membrane immersed in their solution were evaluated from the spectra. Diffusion of the water molecule into and out of the Nafion membrane was visually observed by using NMR micro-imaging technique. Exchange process of the water (H2O) and heavy water (D2O) in a small Nafion ball (3 mm diameter) was observed and density profile of proton was analyzed to give the mutual diffusion coefficient of water and D2O in the Nafion ball.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2451-2456
Number of pages6
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number31-34
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct
Event30th Symposium on Solid State Ionics in Japan -
Duration: 2004 Dec 12004 Dec 3


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