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Structurally Composite Membranes of Titanium Oxide and Titanium Phosphorus Oxide for Proton Conduction at Intermediate Temperatures

  • Toshinori Tsuru (a1), Yasuhito Yagi (a1), Yosuke Kinoshita (a1), Tomohisa Yoshioka (a1) and Masashi Asada (a1)...

Abstract

Composite membranes of titanium oxide and phosphorus oxide (TiP) were prepared by the sol-gel method and evaluated for use as proton conductive materials at intermediate temperatures. Titanium phosphorus oxide sol solutions were prepared by the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) using hydrochloric acid as a catalyst in isopropanol solutions, and the addition of an appropriate amount of phosphoric acid (H3PO4). A new concept for structurally composite membranes is proposed for proton conductive membranes. A composite membrane, Ti/TiP, where the pores of a porous titanium oxide layer are filled with titanium phosphorus oxide, was found to be effective for high electrical conductivity as well as mechanical strength. Electrical conductivities as high as 0.1 and 0.06 S cm−1 at 100 and 300 °C, respectively, under a partial pressure of water of 50 kPa, was achieved for the Ti/ TiP membranes.

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