Polymer Electrolyte Membrane and Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technology

Fundamentals and Performance of Low Temperature Fuel Cells

Edited by

  • Christoph Hartnig, Chemetall GmbH
  • Christina Roth, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) technology are promising forms of low-temperature electrochemical power conversion technologies that operate on hydrogen and methanol respectively. Featuring high electrical efficiency and low operational emissions, they have attracted intense worldwide commercialization research and development efforts. These R&D efforts include a major drive towards improving materials performance, fuel cell operation and durability. In situ characterization is essential to improving performance and extending operational lifetime through providing information necessary to understand how fuel cell materials perform under operational loads.

This two volume set reviews the fundamentals, performance, and in situ characterization of PEMFCs and DMFCs. Volume 1 covers the fundamental science and engineering of these low temperature fuel cells, focusing on understanding and improving performance and operation. Part one reviews systems fundamentals, ranging from fuels and fuel processing, to the development of membrane and catalyst materials and technology, and gas diffusion media and flowfields, as well as life cycle aspects and modelling approaches. Part two details performance issues relevant to fuel cell operation and durability, such as catalyst ageing, materials degradation and durability testing, and goes on to review advanced transport simulation approaches, degradation modelling and experimental monitoring techniques.

With its international team of expert contributors, Polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cell technology Volumes 1 & 2 is an invaluable reference for low temperature fuel cell designers and manufacturers, as well as materials science and electrochemistry researchers and academics.
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Professionals involved or interested in the theory, design, and development of solid oxide fuel cell technology and related fuel cell areas:
-Material engineers, chemical engineers, electrochemists, energy consultants
-PEMCF/DMFC systems designers and technology manufacturers


Book information

  • Published: March 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-773-0


I was impressed by the content and breadth of this detailed work. This is a very informative work […] I would definitely recommend this book set for readers who are either experienced or new in this exciting field., Platinum Metals Review

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals of polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cell technology: Fuels and fuel processing for low temperature fuel cells; Membrane materials and technology for low temperature fuel cells; Catalyst and membrane technology for low temperature fuel cells; Gas diffusion media, flowfields and system aspects in low temperature fuel cells; Recycling and life cycle assessment of fuel cell materials. Part 2 Performance issues in polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cells: Operation and durability of low temperature fuel cells; Catalyst ageing and degradation in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; Degradation and durability testing of low temperature fuel cell components; Microstructure reconstruction and transport simulation in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; Multi-scale modeling of two-phase transport in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; Modelling and analysis of degradation phenomena in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; Experimental monitoring techniques for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.