|Title||Interplay between Swelling Kinetics and Nanostructure in Perfluorosulfonic Acid Thin-Films: Role of Hygrothermal Aging|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Meron Tesfaye, Douglas I Kushner, Ahmet Kusoglu|
|Journal||ACS Applied Polymer Materials|
|Pagination||631 - 635|
Impacts of processing, storage, and operation on thin-film perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) ionomer coatings used in electrodes of electrochemical devices remains unestablished. In this work, alteration of structure–function relationship in ionomers is achieved via exposure to elevated temperature and humidity (hygrothermal aging). Findings reflect a strong inverse correlation between aging-induced ionomer thin-film domain orientation and water-transport kinetics evaluated from swelling. Impact of aging is shown to be more pronounced on platinum due to interactions with PFSA, as evidenced by greater increase in nanodomain orientation parallel to substrate accompanied by reduced water transport, in contrast to silicon support.
|Short Title||ACS Appl. Polym. Mater.|