Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Degradation

Edited by

  • Matthew Mench, Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering; Condra Chair of Excellence in Energy Storage and Conversion; Joint Faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering; The University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Emin Caglan Kumbur, Assistant Professor Director, Electrochemical Energy Systems Laboratory; Associate Editor, Int. Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Drexel University
  • T. Nejat Veziroglu, President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy, Miami, FL, USA

For full market implementation of PEM fuel cells to become a reality, two main limiting technical issues must be overcome-cost and durability. This cutting-edge volume directly addresses the state-of-the-art advances in durability within every fuel cell stack component. Designed to be relevant to the professional community in addition to researchers, this book will serve as a valuable reference featuring topics covered nowhere else and a one-stop-shop to create a solid platform for understanding this important area of development. The reference covers aspects of durability in the entire fuel cell stack. Each chapter also includes vision of pathways forward and an explanation of the tools needed to continue along the path toward commercialization.
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Engineers and Researchers in the Fuel Cell Industry, including Energy, Chemical, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers, and Materials Scientists working on Fuel Cell applications in the Power, Consumer Electronics, Military, Aerospace, and Automotive sectors; Government Policy Makers; Engineering Students.


Book information

  • Published: September 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386936-4


"Now that fuel cells are in commercial production<-->in the rest of the world if not in the US<-->one of the questions that remain is the long-term durability of fuel cell systems. Here researchers review the current understanding of the durability of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Among their topics are the status and targets of durability, electrochemical degradation: electrocatalyst and support durability, gas diffusion media and their degradation, freeze damage, advanced high-resolution characterization techniques for degradation studies, and computational modeling aspects. Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:
Title: Durability Status and Targets of PEFC Engines
Authors and Affiliation: E. Wargo, C. R. Dennison, and E.C. Kumbur, Drexel University
Chapter 2:
Title: Membrane Durability: Physical and Chemical Degradation
Authors and Affiliation: Yeh-Hung Lai, Frank Coms Craig Gittleman, General Motors Fuel Cell
Chapter 3:
Title: Electrochemical Degradation: Electrocatalyst and Support Durability
Authors and Affiliation: Shyam Kocha, Nissan Motor Company
Chapter 4:
Title: BiPolar Plate Degradation
Authors and Affiliation: Hazem Tawfik (Distinguished Professor at Farmingdale State University of
New York) Yue. Hung (Brookhaven National laboratory), and Devinder. Mahajan (Stony Brook
Chapter 5:
Title: Review of Freeze-Related Degradation in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
Authors and Affiliation: A. K. Srouji and M. M. Mench (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Chapter 6:
Title: Experimental Diagnostics and Durability Testing Protocols
Authors and Affiliation: Rob Darling (United Technologies Research Center), Ryan Balliet (Assistant Specialist at U.C. Berkeley Chemical Engineering), Mike Perry (United Technologies Research Center)
Chapter 7:
Title: Advanced High Resolution Imaging Techniques for Diagnosis
Authors and Affiliation: Dr. Feng-Yuan Zhang, Prof. Suresh G. Advani, and Prof. Ajay K. Prasad.
The University of Delaware
Chapter 8:
Title: Computational Modeling Aspects of PEFC Durability
Authors and Affiliation: Dr. Yu Morimoto, Toyota Motor Company
*Note: The final author list and titles may have small changes due to editing of the written
chapters, but the topics and main authors remain the same.