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Findings from Tianjin Polytechnic University Provides New Data on Nanofibers

February 14, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Nanofibers. According to news originating from Tianjin, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "A facile spinning-based strategy was developed to fabricate continuous carbon nanofiber (CNF)- and activated carbon nanofiber (ACNF)-supported sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) membranes as proton exchange membranes (PEMs) for fuel cells. Polyacrylonitrile nanofibers were solution blown as precursor to obtain CNF and ACNF mats."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Tianjin Polytechnic University, "These mats were then impregnated into a SPEEK solution to fabricate pore-filled composite membranes. The morphologies as well as thermal and mechanical properties were examined. Moreover, the performance of the mats as PEMs was investigated. Results showed that carbonaceous nanofibers were dispersed incompactly in the SPEEK matrix and thus made dense membranes."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The introduction of CNFs and ACNFs to composite membranes significantly improved mechanical properties and proton conductivity, which indicated that carbonaceous nanofiber-supported membranes are promising materials for PEM fuel cells."

For more information on this research see: Carbonaceous nanofiber-supported sulfonated poly (ether ether ketone) membranes for fuel cell applications. Materials Letters, 2014;115():248-251. Materials Letters can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier -; Materials Letters -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from B. Zhang, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ, Coll Mat Sci & Engn, Tianjin 300387, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include X.P. Zhuang, B.W. Cheng, N. Wang and Y. Ni.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Energy, Tianjin, Fuel Cell, Oil & Gas, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, People's Republic of China

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