Molecular dynamics study on proton transport in supported nafion ionomer thin films on lennard-jones walls

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Abstract

Molecular dynamic simulations were carried out to investigate the effects of wettability of carbon supports and the thickness of thin films on proton transport. The simplified Lennard-Jones (LJ) wall model was used as the support model, which allows us to reproduce different hydrophobic walls by just tuning the LJ parameters. The thickness dependence was investigated in the observed thickness range in a catalyst layer: 4 and 10 nm. The proton transport property was evaluated in terms of self-diffusion coefficients (DH+) and water cluster structures formed in the thin films. The obtained DH+ indicated that the DH+ increases with increasing hydrophobicity of the wall. It is also indicated that, for the high hydrophobic wall case, the DH+ decreases with increasing the thickness of thin films, while, for the low hydrophobic wall case, the DH+ is almost the same. It was confirmed that these trends were associated with the water structures formed in the thin films, i.e., water-layer-like structures are formed when the DH+ are larger.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 16, PEFC 16
EditorsD. J. Jones, F. N. Buchi, B. S. Pivovar, T. F. Fuller, A. Z. Weber, L. Zhuang, C. Coutanceau, P. N. Pintauro, K. E. Ayers, V. K. Ramani, P. Strasser, R. A. Mantz, S. R. Narayanan, S. Mitsushima, T. J. Schmidt, S. G. Sun, H. Uchida, H. A. Gasteiger, K. Swider-Lyons, J. M. Fenton, Y. T. Kim, K. A. Perry, P. Shirvanian, K. Shinohara
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Pages607-614
Number of pages8
Edition14
ISBN (Electronic)9781607685395
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
EventSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 16, PEFC 2016 - PRiME 2016/230th ECS Meeting - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 2016 Oct 22016 Oct 7

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
Number14
Volume75
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737

Other

OtherSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 16, PEFC 2016 - PRiME 2016/230th ECS Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period16/10/216/10/7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Aochi, J., Mabuchi, T., & Tokumasu, T. (2016). Molecular dynamics study on proton transport in supported nafion ionomer thin films on lennard-jones walls. In D. J. Jones, F. N. Buchi, B. S. Pivovar, T. F. Fuller, A. Z. Weber, L. Zhuang, C. Coutanceau, P. N. Pintauro, K. E. Ayers, V. K. Ramani, P. Strasser, R. A. Mantz, S. R. Narayanan, S. Mitsushima, T. J. Schmidt, S. G. Sun, H. Uchida, H. A. Gasteiger, K. Swider-Lyons, J. M. Fenton, Y. T. Kim, K. A. Perry, P. Shirvanian, ... K. Shinohara (Eds.), Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 16, PEFC 16 (14 ed., pp. 607-614). (ECS Transactions; Vol. 75, No. 14). Electrochemical Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1149/07514.0607ecst