Durable graphene-coated bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte fuel cells
Yoon Ho Lee1, SeungTak Noh, Ju-Hyung Lee, Seung-Hyun Chun#, Suk Won Cha#, Ikwhang Chang#
Abstract In this paper, we investigate the role of a graphene layer for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) which require an ultrathin protective layer for copper bipolar plates. The graphene layer was deposited by chemical vapor deposition using CH4 at 830 °C. We examined the deposited graphene layer to characterize microstructural properties using a Raman spectroscopy microscope and a secondary electron microscope. During the electrochemical tests, the current–voltage–power (I–V–P) performance of the single cell using the copper bipolar plate with the graphene layer was highly stable for 5 h, while the I–V–P performance of the single cell using the pure copper bipolar plate (without the graphene layer) was much lower. We conclude that the graphene layer acts as a very thin passivation layer on the copper bipolar plate of a PEFC.