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Polymer Electrolyte Membrane and Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technology

In Situ Characterization Techniques for Low Temperature Fuel Cells

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 2 details in situ characterization, including experimental and innovative techniques, used to understand fuel cell operational issues and materials performance. Part I reviews enhanced techniques for characterization of catalyst activities and processes, such as X-ray absorption and scattering, advanced microscopy and electrochemical mass spectrometry. Part II reviews characterization techniques for water and fuel management, including neutron radiography and tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and Raman spectroscopy. Finally, Part III focuses on locally resolved characterization methods, from transient techniques and electrochemical microscopy, to laser-optical methods and synchrotron radiography.

With its international team of expert contributors, Polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cell technology Volumes 1 & 2 will be an invaluable reference for low temperature fuel cell designers and manufacturers, as well as materials science and electrochemistry researchers and academics. 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.

Hardbound, 524 Pages

Published: February 2012

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-774-7

Reviews

  • 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

Contents

  • Part 1 Advanced characterisation techniques for polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cells: Extended X-ray absorption structure (EXAFS) technique for low temperature fuel cell characterisation; Advanced microscopy techniques for the characterisation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell components; Differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) technique for direct alcohol fuel cell characterisation; Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell characterisation; X-ray absorption near edge structure techniques for low temperature fuel cell characterisation. Part 2 Characterisation of water and fuel management in polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cells: Characterisation and modelling of interfaces in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; Neutron radiography for high-resolution studies in low temperature fuel cells; Neutron radiography for the investigation of reaction patterns in direct methanol fuel cells; Neutron tomography for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell characterisation; Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for polymer electrolyte membrane and direct alcohol fuel cell characterisation; Raman spectroscopy for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell characterisation. Part 3 Locally resolved methods for polymer electrolyte membrane and direct methanol fuel cell characterisation: Submillimeter resolved transient techniques for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell characterisation: Local in situ diagnostics for channel and land areas; Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) in proton exchange membrane fuel cell research and development; Laser-optical methods for transport studies in low temperature fuel cells; Synchrotron radiography for high resolution transport and materials studies of low temperature fuel cells.

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