Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Degradation

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Degradation

1st Edition - August 27, 2011

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  • Editors: Matthew Mench, Emin Caglan Kumbur, T. Nejat Veziroglu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128103593
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123869562

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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.

Key Features

  • Features expert insights from contributing authors who are key industrial and academic leaders in the field
  • Includes coverage of two key topics in the field- Testing and Protocol for Durability, and Computational Modeling Aspects of PEFC Durability- which are newly emerging, pivotally important subjects not systematically covered anywhere else
  • Undertakes aspects of durability across the entire fuel stack, from membranes to bipolar plates


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

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. Durability of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

    1 Background

    2 Durability Targets for PEFC Technology

    3 Concluding Remarks

    Acronyms and Abbreviations

    2. Membrane Durability

    1 Introduction

    2 Chemical Degradation

    3 Mechanical Degradation

    4 Combined Chemical and Mechanical Degradation

    5 Membrane Shorting

    6 Summary and Future Challenges



    3. Electrochemical Degradation

    1 Introduction

    2 Significant Literature

    3 Experimental Set-up and Diagnostic Techniques

    4 Results and Discussion

    5 Summary and Future Challenges



    4. Gas Diffusion Media and their Degradation

    1 Introduction

    2 Fabrication of Woven and Non-Woven GDLS

    3 Manufacturers of GDLs

    4 GDL Properties and their Characterization

    5 The Degradation Mechanisms of GDLS

    6 Conclusions

    5. Bipolar Plate Durability and Challenges

    1 Introduction

    2 Literature survey of metallic bipolar plate technology

    3 Methods and Approaches

    4 Results and Discussion

    5 Summary

    6. Freeze Damage to Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

    1 Introduction

    2 Computational Model Efforts

    3 Modes of Degradation

    4 Methods of Freeze Damage Mitigation

    5 Summary and Future Outlook


    7. Experimental Diagnostics and Durability Testing Protocols

    1 Introduction

    2 General Comments on Diagnostic Test Procedures

    3 Polarization-change Curve

    4 Isolating the Components Responsible for Performance Loss

    5 Accelerated Test Protocols

    Nomenclature and Abbreviations



    8. Advanced High Resolution Characterization Techniques for Degradation Studies in Fuel Cells

    1 Introduction

    2 Optical Visualization

    3 Neutron Imaging

    4 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    5 Electron Spectroscopy and Microscopy

    6 X-ray Techniques

    7 Thermal Mapping

    8 Summary and Outlook

    9. Computational Modeling Aspects of PEFC Durability

    1 Introduction

    2 Significant Literature

    3 Our Recent Approaches toward Macroscopic Models of Catalyst Degradation

    4 Results and Discussion

    5 Summary and Future Challenges





Product details

  • No. of pages: 472
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: August 27, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128103593
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123869562

About the Editors

Matthew Mench

Dr. Matthew Mench received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 2000, where he became a professor in 2001 and founded the Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory. In August of 2010 Prof. Mench moved to The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) where he is Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, and was appointed the Condra Chair of Excellence in Energy Storage and Conversion. Prof. Mench is also a joint faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and serves as faculty in the CIRE program, a joint ORNL/UTK Ph.D. Program in Energy Science. Prof. Mench has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, multiple book chapters, and has several patents. He is the author of a textbook entitled Fuel Cell Engines, published in February of 2008 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., now adopted by Universities worldwide. Prof. Mench serves as the Vice President for Development of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. In 2006, Dr. Mench received the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award for his fuel cell research, and was also the recipient of the 2009 Penn State Engineering Society Premier Teaching Award for his development of an undergraduate and graduate level curriculum in fuel cell science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering; Condra Chair of Excellence in Energy Storage and Conversion; Joint Faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering; The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Emin Caglan Kumbur

Dr. Emin Caglan Kumbur is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the founding director of the Electrochemical Energy Systems Laboratory at Drexel University. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2002. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Prior joining Drexel University, he was a Research Associate and the Associate Director of Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include materials design and characterization, transport phenomena, performance diagnostics and computational modeling of fuel cells and flow battery technology. He has numerous publications, including technical articles published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and presentations, and patent applications. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Electrochemical Society and International Association for Hydrogen Energy. He is also serving as the Associate Editor of International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor Director, Electrochemical Energy Systems Laboratory; Associate Editor, Int. Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Drexel University

T. Nejat Veziroglu

Dr. Veziroglu, a native of Turkey, graduated from the City and Guilds College, the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering (A.C.G.I., B.Sc.), Advanced Studies in Engineering (D.I.C.) and Heat Transfer (Ph.D.).

In 1962 – after doing his military service in the Ordnance Section, serving in some Turkish government agencies and heading a private company – Dr. Veziroglu joined the University of Miami Engineering Faculty. In 1965, he became the Director of Graduate Studies and initiated the first Ph.D. Program in the School of Engineering and Architecture. He served as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering 1971 through 1975, in 1973 established the Clean Energy Research Institute, and was the Associate Dean for Research 1975 through 1979. He took a three years Leave of Absence (2004 through 2007) and founded UNIDO-ICHET (United Nations Industrial Development Organization – International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies) in Istanbul, Turkey. On 15 May 2009, he attained the status of Professor Emeritus at the University of Miami.

Dr. Veziroglu organized the first major conference on Hydrogen Energy: The Hydrogen Economy Miami Energy (THEME) Conference, Miami Beach, 18-20 March 1974. At the opening of this conference, Dr. Veziroglu proposed the Hydrogen Energy System as a permanent solution for the depletion of the fossil fuels and the environmental problems caused by their utilization. Soon after, the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) was established, and Dr. Veziroglu was elected president. As President of IAHE, in 1976 he initiated the biennial World Hydrogen Energy Conferences (WHECs), and in 2005 the biennial World Hydrogen Technologies Conventions (WHTCs).

In 1976, Dr. Veziroglu started publication of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE) as its Founding Editor-in-Chief, in order to publish and disseminate Hydrogen Energy related research and development results from around the world. IJHE has continuously grew; now it publishes twenty-four issues a year. He has published some 350 papers and scientific reports, edited 160 volumes of books and proceedings, and has co-authored the book “Solar Hydrogen Energy: The Power to Save the Earth”.

Dr. Veziroglu has memberships in eighteen scientific organizations, has been elected to the Grade of Fellow in the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is the Founding President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.

Dr. Veziroglu has been the recipient of several international awards. He was presented the Turkish Presidential Science Award in 1974, made an Honorary Professor in Xian Jiaotong University of China in 1981, awarded the I. V. Kurchatov Medal by the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy of U.S.S.R. in 1982, the Energy for Mankind Award by the Global Energy Society in 1986, and elected to the Argentinean Academy of Sciences in 1988. In 2000, he was nominated for Nobel Prize in Economics, for conceiving the Hydrogen Economy and striving towards its establishment.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy, Miami, FL, USA

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