Materials for Fuel Cells - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845693305, 9781845694838

Materials for Fuel Cells

1st Edition

Editors: M Gasik
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845693305
eBook ISBN: 9781845694838
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 27th October 2008
Page Count: 512
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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.


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


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…directs the reader to the in-depth discussions and state-of-the-art technologies. …a vivid account of the lifecycle assessment and recyclability of fuel cell materials is provided., Materials World
The main strength of this book is that it covers all the common fuel cell types, with details of their mechanisms, history, current status, uses and of course details of the materials used in each., International Journal of Sustainable Engineering
…ready reference material for those aspiring for, and engaged in, teaching and research in the genereal field of alternative and environmentally-friendly energy resources., Materials World

About the Editors

M Gasik Editor

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

Affiliations and Expertise

Helsinki University of Technology, Finland