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Aim of the present research proposal is to develop innovative composite electrolytes for PEMFCs to improve the performance and reduce the costs of the present state-of the-art materials.
The versatile properties of organic/inorganic hybrid materials will be exploited to prepare acidic hybrid fillers which structure and morphology will be modulated to enhance interface interactions in polymer-based nanocomposite membranes, thus producing innovative electrolytes with enhanced conduction and structural stabilization.
Different types of nanostructures fillers will be prepared and characterized with a variety of spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques.
A systematic study aiming to determine the optimal amount of filler to be used will be carried out. The most promising composite membrane will be used to prepare MEAs (membrane electrode assemblies) with commercial electrodes to be tested in direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC).
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