Special Issue "Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells"


A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Dietmar Gerteisen
Team Fuel Cell Modelling and Characterisation, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Heidenhofstrasse 2, D-79110 Freiburg, Germany
Website: http://www.h2-ise.de
E-Mail: dietmar.gerteisen@ise.fraunhofer.de
Interests: polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells; spatially resolved characterization of PEMFC; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS); fuel cell modeling; water management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, fuel cells are breaking into a multitude of markets as a source of clean and reliable energy. Mass production technologies, cost reduction, and improved reliability and durability are therefore today’s major tasks to guarantee future customer acceptance, especially in the highly important automotive sector.

To increase power density, durability, and cost effectiveness, research activities concentrate on material optimization to increase the efficiency of the most cost effective elements, such as the applied membranes, catalysts, and gas distribution materials. At the same time, long-term stability of the products must be guaranteed, and should meet the requirements set by today’s main market holders.

To address the needs of today’s fuel cell industry, the announced special issue on Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells focuses on research related to:

  • durability and stability of materials
  • alternative materials for catalyst layers and membranes
  • optimization of mass transport
  • water management
  • reaction kinetics
  • characterization methods
  • modeling of fuel cells and fuel cell systems
  • operating strategies
  • methods and strategies for material quality control
  • concepts for industrial production technologies

Dr. Dietmar Gerteisen
Guest Editor


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  • polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
  • modeling
  • simulation
  • degradation
  • characterization
  • mass transport
  • water management
  • catalyst
  • membrane
  • material quality control
  • production technology

Published Papers (8 papers)

Energies 2014, 7(3), 1721-1732; doi:10.3390/en7031721
Received: 7 November 2013; in revised form: 24 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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Energies 2014, 7(2), 670-700; doi:10.3390/en7020670
Received: 10 December 2013; in revised form: 29 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 10 February 2014
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Energies 2014, 7(2), 591-606; doi:10.3390/en7020591
Received: 14 October 2013; in revised form: 4 January 2014 / Accepted: 23 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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Energies 2014, 7(1), 351-364; doi:10.3390/en7010351
Received: 11 November 2013; in revised form: 3 January 2014 / Accepted: 8 January 2014 / Published: 16 January 2014
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Energies 2013, 6(12), 6476-6486; doi:10.3390/en6126476
Received: 27 October 2013; in revised form: 3 December 2013 / Accepted: 5 December 2013 / Published: 16 December 2013
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Energies 2013, 6(12), 6413-6422; doi:10.3390/en6126413
Received: 18 October 2013; in revised form: 22 November 2013 / Accepted: 3 December 2013 / Published: 10 December 2013
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Energies 2013, 6(10), 5426-5485; doi:10.3390/en6105426
Received: 2 September 2013; in revised form: 27 September 2013 / Accepted: 9 October 2013 / Published: 21 October 2013
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Energies 2013, 6(9), 4508-4530; doi:10.3390/en6094508
Received: 12 July 2013; in revised form: 15 August 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 2 September 2013
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Last update: 31 July 2013

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