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Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Degradation

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.

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.

Hardbound, 472 Pages

Published: September 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

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


  • 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.


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