Special Issue "Advanced Researches in Materials for Low Temperature Fuel Cells"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.
Interests: sol–gel; fuel cells; batteries; corrosion; coatings; membranes; electrochemistry
Interests: sol–gel; fuel cells; batteries; coatings; hybrid organic–inorganic materials; membranes; electrochemistry
The increasingly pressing environmental problems society is facing today require an accelerated transition toward a model based on electricity generation different from that related to the consumption of fossil fuels. This situation is especially relevant in the case of transport, although it is also applicable to stationary systems in industry and cities. Low temperature fuel cells applied to transportation are a very interesting alternative in this change of model based on advantages such as high recharging speed and autonomy between refueling compared to batteries. Although hydrogen is the main fuel in this type of fuel cell, other compounds such as methanol and ethanol are also used. These alcohols, in addition to other possible organic compounds, are of great interest since they are in a liquid state at room temperature, facilitating their transport and storage, in addition to the fact that they can be obtained from the recycling of carbon dioxide and biomass. On the other hand, there are different challenges related with materials that need to be overcome so that this type of fuel cells can achieve extensive and competitive applicability. Taking hydrogen-fueled low-temperature fuel cells as an example, some of these challenges focus on: 1) the development of new catalysts with a lower load of noble metals and greater tolerance to impurities such as carbon monoxide, 2) bipolar plates which are more efficient, lighter and with a lower cost, 3) ionic conductive membranes with higher conductivity, thermal and chemical stability, and a greater operating temperature range, 4) more efficient membrane electrode assemblies (MEA), including diffusion and catalysis layers, and 5) new approaches to current designs of this type of fuel cells.
This Special Issue aims to bring together original research articles or reviews of new or optimized low temperature fuel cell materials both from a fundamental or applied point of view.
Dr. Mario Aparicio
Dr. Jadra Mosa
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- low temperature fuel cells
- bipolar plates
- membrane electrode assemblies (MEA)
- diffusion layers
- catalysis layers