The Aquivion short-side-chain (SSC) perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) ionomer was adopted in catalyst layers (CL) of polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolysers (PEMWE) instead of long-side-chain (LSC) Nafion ionomer. The effects of SSC ionomer content in CL for oxygen evolution reaction were studied in half cell with cyclic voltammetry and steady state linear sweep. In a single cell test the MEA with SSC-PFSA Aquivion ionomer exhibited better thermal stability than the one with LSC-PFSA Nafion ionomer at 90 °C. The cell voltage at a current density of 1 A cm was 1.63 V at 90 °C using the SSC-PFSA Aquivion ionomer binder, Nafion 117 membrane, and without back pressurizing. In a continuous operation the cell voltage degradation rate of the MEA using Aquivion ionomer binder was only about 0.82 mV h.
Wu, X., Scott, K., & Puthiyapura, V. K. (2012). Polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolyser with Aquivion short side chain perfluorosulfonic acid ionomer binder in catalyst layers. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37(18), 13243-13248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.06.093