Special Issue "Advancements in Membranes for Electrochemical Energy Applications"

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A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Bruno Scrosati
Department of Chemistry, University Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
E-Mail: bruno.scrosati@uniroma1.it
Phone: +39 06 4991 3530
Interests: polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; lithium polymer batteries

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue came as the natural consequence of the great success of the previous one “Membranes for Electrochemical Energy Applications”.

Membranes play a key role in energy-related fields since they are the main components of devices which could help address one of the most serious threats to our society, namely global warming. Serious concern is associated with the continuous CO2 emission resulting from our energy policy, which is still mainly based on burning of fossil fuels. Accordingly, an efficient use of renewable energy sources and the replacement of internal combustion engines with electric motors for the development of sustainable vehicles, such as hybrid vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and ultimately, full electric vehicles (EVs), are major goals in the present energy scenario. On the other hand, an efficient use of alternative, green, energy sources, such as solar and wind, requires the side support of energy storage systems that can compensate for their intermittent characteristics. Analogously, HEVs, PHEVs and EVs require an on-board energy source for powering the electric engine. Among the various choices, electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells and batteries, capable of delivering stored chemical energy as electrical energy with high conversion efficiency and without any gaseous emission, are the most suitable. Moreover, fuel cells and batteries offer a promising option to efficiently power the electric engine in HEVs or EVs.

The most common and most studied fuel cells utilize a perfluorosulfonic membrane electrolyte, mainly of the NAFION® type. Although becoming increasingly well-known over time, these membranes still require attention to further improve performance. Much research is presently being carried out in this area, and this second Special Issue will be a perfect forum to bring together the latest results obtained by key laboratories presently engaged in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell R&D.

In terms of battery research, particular interest is focused on lithium batteries due to their intrinsic, high energy density value. However, in their present configuration, lithium batteries are affected by a series of issues that still prevent their wide use for electric vehicle application. One of the most serious is the safety concern associated with the unstable and flammable nature of the common liquid electrolytes. Improving safety is thus a present challenge in the field. One approach to reach this goal is to move away from the unreliable liquid, organic electrolytes, to stable and safe polymer electrolyte membranes. There are two classes of these membranes: a polymer-liquid hybrid type, generally named gel-type membranes, and membranes formed by liquid-free combinations of polymer with lithium salts, generally named solid polymer electrolytes. Today there is tremendous research ongoing worldwide is involved into lithium batteries, motivated by a large amount of funding granted in many countries. Therefore, breakthroughs in the area―especially in membrane electrolyte and related polymer batteries―are expected to soon concretize. Again, this second Special Issue offers a perfect site for welcoming the latest innovations, and accordingly authors from top laboratories are invited to submit their latest results.

Prof. Dr. Bruno Scrosati
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • hydrogen conducting membranes
  • perfluorosulfonic membranes
  • fuel cells
  • lithium conducting membranes
  • gel-type membranes
  • solvent-free, solid-state membranes
  • lithium batteries

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Published Papers (8 papers)

by , , , , , ,  and
Membranes 2014, 4(1), 123-142; doi:10.3390/membranes4010123
Received: 1 August 2013; in revised form: 15 February 2014 / Accepted: 20 February 2014 / Published: 5 March 2014
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by , , ,  and
Membranes 2014, 4(1), 1-19; doi:10.3390/membranes4010001
Received: 25 September 2013; in revised form: 4 November 2013 / Accepted: 9 December 2013 / Published: 30 December 2013
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by ,  and
Membranes 2013, 3(4), 424-439; doi:10.3390/membranes3040424
Received: 9 November 2013; in revised form: 4 December 2013 / Accepted: 9 December 2013 / Published: 16 December 2013
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by , , ,  and
Membranes 2013, 3(4), 406-414; doi:10.3390/membranes3040406
Received: 26 November 2013; Accepted: 2 December 2013 / Published: 5 December 2013
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by , , , , ,  and
Membranes 2013, 3(4), 298-310; doi:10.3390/membranes3040298
Received: 22 July 2013; in revised form: 18 October 2013 / Accepted: 21 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
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by , , , , ,  and
Membranes 2013, 3(4), 311-330; doi:10.3390/membranes3040311
Received: 1 August 2013; in revised form: 7 October 2013 / Accepted: 17 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
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Membranes 2013, 3(3), 242-248; doi:10.3390/membranes3030242
Received: 2 August 2013; Accepted: 6 September 2013 / Published: 17 September 2013
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by ,  and
Membranes 2013, 3(3), 182-195; doi:10.3390/membranes3030182
Received: 23 May 2013; in revised form: 23 July 2013 / Accepted: 26 July 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013
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