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Keywords:

  • Fuel cells, direct methanol;
  • Membranes, pore-filling;
  • Methanol transport;
  • Polymer electrolytes

Pore-filling membranes that are composed of a porous substrate and a filling polymer electrolyte have been developed. These polyelectrolyte membranes demonstrate low permeation with respect to methanol, high proton conductivity, good mechanical strength, chemical stability, and low cost, making them ideal for use in direct methanol fuel cells. The necessary characteristics can also be controlled by changing the substrate and the filling polymer electrolyte.