Special Issue "Polymers for Fuel Cells & Solar Energy"

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A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael D. Guiver
National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0R6, Canada
E-Mail: michael.guiver@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Interests: membrane gas separation polymers; fuel cell membranes; polymers of intrinsic microporosity; click chemistry polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Worldwide concern over the consequences of traditional energy usage is driving the development of devices for clean energy conversion such as fuel cells and solar cells. Polymer films and membranes play a central functional role in the efficiency and operation of these devices. Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) for the conduction of either protons or hydroxide ions, depending on the fuel cell device, have been extensively studied and improved over the last decade. Design of polymeric materials that address a number of issues including high ionic conduction under reduced humidity conditions, fuel crossover, the balance between water uptake / dimensional stability and proton conduction, chemical stability, the catalyst—PEM interface, ionomer, and fuel cell durability are needed. In organic solar cells, polymers have the advantage of much lower cost compared to silicon devices, and can be manufactured in high volume as printed flexible sheets. Polymeric semiconducting materials that address thermal, chemical, photo-stability and phase separation between n-type and p-type polymers are needed to improve durability. With power conversion efficiencies now approaching ~10%, further improvements in low bandgap polymer solar cells through the control of HOMO-LUMO charge separation will close the gap further with the ~25% conversion efficiencies of silicon-based solar cells.

Dr. Michael Guiver
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • proton exchange
  • anion exchange
  • membrane
  • fuel cell
  • proton conduction
  • PEMFC
  • solar cell
  • photovoltaic
  • bandgap
  • donor-acceptor

Published Papers (7 papers)

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Polymers 2013, 5(1), 56-76; doi:10.3390/polym5010056
Received: 3 December 2012; Accepted: 9 January 2013 / Published: 21 January 2013
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Polymers 2012, 4(4), 1645-1656; doi:10.3390/polym4041645
Received: 16 August 2012; in revised form: 12 November 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 20 November 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(4), 1627-1644; doi:10.3390/polym4041627
Received: 20 August 2012; in revised form: 25 September 2012 / Accepted: 26 September 2012 / Published: 11 October 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(3), 1613-1626; doi:10.3390/polym4031613
Received: 2 July 2012; in revised form: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 10 September 2012 / Published: 20 September 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(3), 1499-1516; doi:10.3390/polym4031499
Received: 19 June 2012; in revised form: 1 August 2012 / Accepted: 10 August 2012 / Published: 20 August 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(3), 1443-1461; doi:10.3390/polym4031443
Received: 29 June 2012; in revised form: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 24 July 2012 / Published: 3 August 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(2), 1242-1258; doi:10.3390/polym4021242
Received: 16 April 2012; in revised form: 24 May 2012 / Accepted: 4 June 2012 / Published: 11 June 2012
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