Masters Theses

Title

Simulation and optimization of nanostructured electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

Alternative Title

Simulation of nanostructured electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
Optimization of nanostructured electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

Abstract

"An ordered arrangement of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on which Pt nanoparticles are supported and coated with Nafion film is proposed as a nanostructured catalyst layer for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel Cells. Specifically, the study is focused on the cathode catalyst layer of the fuel cell electrodes. The catalyst layer is mathematically modeled, taking into consideration multicomponent and Knudsen diffusion in the gas phase. To account for binary diffusion, a Slattery-Bird correlation is used to obtain the effective diffusion coefficients. The electrochemical reaction kinetics is assumed to follow a first order Volmer-Butler mechanism. Henry's law is used for the interfacial equilibrium"--Abstract, leaf iv.

Advisor(s)

Xing, Yangchuan

Committee Member(s)

Henthorn, David
Liou, Frank W.

Department(s)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2008

Pagination

x, 87 leaves

Rights

© 2008 Sanjeev Murlidhar Rao, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Fuel cells -- Electrodes
Nanostructured materials
Polyelectrolytes

Thesis Number

T 9416

Print OCLC #

299048668

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b6623878~S5

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