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Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Materials for Fuel Cells" report to their offering.

Research and Markets: Examine Materials for Fuel Cells

DUBLIN, Ireland | Posted on July 3rd, 2008

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 will be a valuable reference for all those researching, manufacturing and using fuel cells in such areas as automotive engineering.
Key Topics Covered:

-Introduction: materials challenges in fuel cells
What is a fuel cell?
Why fuel cells?
Which fuel cell?
Fuel cells and materials challenges
The structure of the book

-Materials basics for fuel cells
Types of fuel cells
Fuel cell stack
Balance of plant (BOP) systems

Major components and materials requirements for essential BOP systems

Maturing technology

-Alkaline fuel cells (AFCs)
Alkaline fuel cell design
Types of electrode
Materials used for electrodes and their preparation
Dry preparation of PTFE-bonded gas-diffusion electrodes
Electrolytes and separators
Degradation of fuel cell components
The impact of carbon dioxide on fuel cell performance
Future trends
Sources of further information and advice

-Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs)
Membrane development for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEMFC)
Sulfonated ionomer membranes: perfluorinated ionomer membranes
Partially-fluorinated membranes
Non-fluorinated membranes
(Het)arylene main chain ionomer membranes
Cross-linked membrane systems
Composite systems
Intermediate-temperature membrane systems
Catalyst development
Catalyst supports
Gas diffusion media
Gas diffusion layer (GDL) treatment
Flow field design.
Serpentine flow fields
System layout
Reactant supply
Thermal management
Electric power conditioning
System control

-Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs)
Gas diffusion media
Flow field design.

-Phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFCs)
General fuel cell design issues
Individual cell design
Stack design challenges and components
System design
Materials challenges
Electrocatlyst stability
Carbon chemistry and corrosion
Modelling and analysis
Future trends

-Molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs)
Operating principles
Materials utilized
Active components
Secondary components

-Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)
ZrO2-based solid oxide fuel cells
CeO2-based solid oxide fuel cells
LaGaO3-based solid oxide fuel cells

Interconnects and cell-to-cell connectors
Fabrication techniques

-Regenerative fuel cells
Introductions: operational principles and types of regenerative fuel cell.
The development of regenerative fuel cells (RFCs)
Unitised regenerative fuel cells (URFCs)
Membrane electrode assemblies
Flow channels, seals and endplates
URFC stacks
URFC systems
Performance and costs of URFCs
Conclusions and future trends

-Novel fuel cells and materials
Nanostructured electrolyte materials
Nanocomposite electrolyte materials for polymer-based fuel cells
Nanocomposite electrolyte materials for ceramic fuel cells with proton conductivity
Nanotechnology applied to fuel cell catalysts. Nanocomposite catalysts for polymer-based fuel cells
Nanocomposite catalysts for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)
Other materials challenges for fuel cell materials
Novel fuel cells based on nanocomposite materials
Polymer electrolyte fuel cells operating on liquid fuels
Fuel cells operating on non-noble metal catalysts
Proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells

-Performance degradation and failure mechanisms of fuel cell materials
Low temperature fuel cells
Membrane degradation
Electrode degradation
Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC)
High temperature fuel cells

-Recyclability and life cycle assessment of fuel cell materials
Environmental aspects of fuel cells
Fuel cell hardware recycling
Life cycle assessment of fuel cell fuels and materials
Future trends
Sources of further information and advice


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