Special Issue "Electrocatalysts for the Advanced Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs)"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sung-Chul Yi Website E-Mail
Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791, Korea
Interests: - Electrocatalysts for energy conversion and energy generation; 3D reconstruction of fuel cell catalyst layer
Guest Editor
Dr. Chi-young Jung Website E-Mail
Buan Fuel Cell Center, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, South Korea
Interests: Electrocatalysts for ORR and OER; Thin-film electrode for electrochemical energy conversion and energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The commercialization of fuel cells is mainly hampered by the high cost of platinum, which is responsible for catalyzing fuel cell electrochemical reactions. To date, the different lines of research in fuel cells seek to address the challenges of reducing the Pt content, water management, thermal management, and to develop efficient electrocatalysts for enhanced ORR. All the above, designing efficient electrode architecture requires urgent action, because the present fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) experience severe incompatibilities between the materials utilized for electrodes and membranes. Therefore, this Special Issue primarily focuses on the nano-engineering of electrocatalysts materials, namely, perovskites, metal organic framework, core-shell, transition metal-binding organic materials, Pt alloying and new alloy catalysts for advanced MEAs with exceptional power densities and long-term stability.

Prof. Dr. Sung-Chul Yi
Dr. Chi-young Jung
Guest Editors

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  • Metal organic frameworks
  • Self-humidifying MEA
  • Perovskites
  • Platinum alloys
  • ORR electrocatalysts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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.

Title: Advanced Catalytic Materials for Alcohol Oxidation and Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells
Author: Yun Zheng, Yahui Tian, Xiaojun Wan, and Zhengfei Dai*
Abstract: Direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFCs) are very promising advanced power systems that may considerably reduce dependence on fossil fuels, attracting worldwide attention. DAFCs arises from several unquestionable merits over analogous devices fed with hydrogen. As the key material, catalysts for both cathode and anode face several problems which hinder the commercialization of DAFCs. This review mainly focuses on the most recent advances in the science and technology of nanostructured catalytic anode materials for direct methanol fuel cells, including the process and mechanism of methanol electro-oxidation of Pt-based catalysts, the effects of material structures, surface and interface engineering, and the designable manner for the methanol oxidation. Although Pt is still deemed as the indispensable element in anode catalyst of DAFCs, some non-precious electrocatalysts have been also introduced and compared. Finally, some debates, prospects, and future directions have been discussed. The review includes the contents from not only experimentalists but also computational chemists, which will provide a comprehensive understanding of methanol oxidation and direct methanol fuel cells as well as other advanced power systems.


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