Materials for Fuel Cells

Materials for Fuel Cells

1st Edition - October 27, 2008

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  • Editor: M Gasik
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845694838

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A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts the chemical energy of a reaction (between fuel and oxidant) directly into electricity. Given their efficiency and low emissions, fuel cells provide an important alternative to power produced from fossil fuels. A major challenge in their use is the need for better materials to make fuel cells cost-effective and more durable. This important book reviews developments in materials to fulfil the potential of fuel cells as a major power source.After introductory chapters on the key issues in fuel cell materials research, the book reviews the major types of fuel cell. These include alkaline fuel cells, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, phosphoric acid fuel cells, molten carbonate fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells and regenerative fuel cells. The book concludes with reviews of novel fuel cell materials, ways of analysing performance and issues affecting recyclability and life cycle assessment.With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Materials for fuel cells is a valuable reference for all those researching, manufacturing and using fuel cells in such areas as automotive engineering.

Key Features

  • Examines the key issues in fuel cell materials research
  • Reviews the major types of fuel cells such as direct methanol and regenerative fuel cells
  • Further chapters explore ways of analysing performance and issues affecting recyclability and life cycle assessment


All those researching, manufacturing, and using fuel cells in such areas as automotive engineering

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Materials challenges in fuel cells: Materials basics for fuel cells; Alkaline fuel cells; Polymer electrolyte fuel cells; Direct methanol fuel cells; Phosphoric acid fuel cells; Molten carbonate fuel cells; Solid oxide fuel cells; Regenerative fuel cells; Novel fuel cells and materials; Performance degradation and failure mechanisms of fuel cell materials; Recyclability and life cycle assessment of fuel cell materials.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2008
  • Published: October 27, 2008
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845694838

About the Editor

M Gasik

Professor Michael Gasik is Head of the Laboratory of Materials Processing and Powder Metallurgy at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

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Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

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