Special Issue "Polymers for Fuel Cells & Solar Energy"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2012)
Dr. Michael D. Guiver
National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0R6, Canada
Interests: membrane gas separation polymers; fuel cell membranes; polymers of intrinsic microporosity; click chemistry polymers
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
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- proton exchange
- anion exchange
- fuel cell
- proton conduction
- solar cell
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| Download PDF Full-text (619 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Novel Organic Sensitizers Containing 2,6-Difunctionalized Anthracene Unit for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
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| Download PDF Full-text (780 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Embedding of Hollow Polymer Microspheres with Hydrophilic Shell in Nafion Matrix as Proton and Water Micro-Reservoir
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| Download PDF Full-text (1621 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Dye-sensitized Solar Cells with New One-Dimensional Halide-Bridged Cu(I)–Ni(II) Heterometal Coordination Polymers Containing Hexamethylene Dithiocarbamate Ligand
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| Download PDF Full-text (893 KB) | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
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| Download PDF Full-text (1519 KB) | Download XML Full-text
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| Download PDF Full-text (1844 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2013, 5(1), 56-76; doi:10.3390/polym5010056
Received: 3 December 2012; Accepted: 9 January 2013 / Published: 21 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (1688 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Recent Advances in Partially Fluorinated Membranes for Fuel Cell and Photovoltaic Applications
Authors: Etienne Labalme, Benjamin Campagne, Guillaume Couture, Ghislain David and Bruno Ameduri
Affiliation: Equipe Ingénierie et Architecture Macromoléculaires, Institut Charles Gerhardt UMR CNRS 5253, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, 8 rue de l’Ecole Normale, 34296 Montpellier Cedex 5, France; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: This book-chapter reports the synthesis of partially fluorinated membranes bearing ionic function as charge carrier for fuel cell applications. Two strategies have been selected:
(i) The first one consisted in synthesizing homogeneous membranes with the functionalized fluorocopolymer directly;
(ii) The second one dealt with blending the functionalized fluorocopolymer with a complementary functionalized polymer that brings mechanical properties and charge carrier excess (i.e. proton excess for PEM fuel cell membranes).
Title: Ion-Conducting Membranes from Block Copolymers for Fuel Cell Applications
Authors: Jochen Meier-Haack and Claus Vogel
Affiliation: Leibniz-Institute für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Membrane Group, Hohe Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: Operation temperatures above 100°C are requested for fuel cells in automotive applications. This requirement is up to now not fulfilled by perfluorosulfonic acids like Nafion. Therefore membrane materials based on hydrocarbon polymers, especially aromatic and heteroaromatic polymers, are considered as promising alternatives. This paper reviews the recent advances in the development of sulfonated and phosphonated hydrocarbon membranes for fuel cell application with focus on block copolymers. It is expected that a phase separated morphology is more readily formed than in membranes prepared from random copolymers and which has a positive impact on mechanical as well as conductive properties of the resulting membranes.
Affiliation: Laboratory of Nanotechnology and Solar Energy, Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, 13083-970, Campinas SP, Brazil; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: This article presents an overview of the use of a wide range of polymers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Different polymeric structures can be employed in several components in these kind of devices. Each part or component performs an important role in the mechanism of energy conversion and device stability. Herein, we demonstrate the advantages of using such versatile and functional polymer materials in DSSC as gel or solid electrolytes in replacement of liquid electrolytes, light absorber in semiconductor metal oxide sensitization and as flexible materials for counter electrodes. This review also includes the recent advances and future challenges of using this type of material in energy conversion devices.
Last update: 22 November 2013