Special Issue "Membranes for Electrolysis, Fuel Cells and Batteries"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. María Jesús Lázaro Elorri

Instituto de Carboquímica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Miguel Luesma Castán, 4. E-50018. Zaragoza, Spain
Phone: 34976733977
Guest Editor
Dr. Vincenzo Baglio

CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies "N. Giordano", Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, Messina 98126, Italy
Website | E-Mail
Phone: +39 090624401
Interests: direct alcohol fuel cells; electrocatalysis; polymer electrolyte fuel cells; water electrolysis; metal–air batteries; dye-sensitized solar cells; photo-electrolysis; carbon dioxide electro-reduction
Guest Editor
Dr. David Sebastian

ICB-CSIC, Institute of Carbochemistry, CSIC-Spanish National Research Council, C/. Miguel Luesma Castán, 4, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: energy and environment; catalysis; carbon materials; electrochemistry; fuel cells
Guest Editor
Dr. Cinthia Alegre

LIFTEC-CSIC, Laboratorio de Investigación en Fluidodinámica y Tecnologías de la Combustión, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Saragossa, Spain
Interests: development of materials and components; characterisation of the components’ solid state for iron-air batteries; electrochemical investigation of iron-air batteries; synthesis of carbon-based materials; fuel cells catalysts and electrochemical systems; low temperature fuel cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research regarding the efficient and clean electrochemical conversion and storage of energy is continuously increasing. Electrolyzers, fuel cells and batteries have the potential to convert/store energy with a high efficiency and without contaminant emissions. A fundamental element common to these devices is the membrane, acting as electrolyte or separator, that plays a key role in their performance. Great progresses have been obtained in the past decades. However, membranes still present several drawbacks regarding ion conductivity, stability at high temperature and durability. This Special Issue is intended to cover the most recent progresses in membranes for electrochemical devices, such as electrolyzers, fuel cells and batteries. This Special Issue aims to gain insights in the development of highly efficient and durable membranes.

Dr. María J. Lázaro
Dr. Vincenzo Baglio
Dr. David Sebastian
Dr. Cinthia Alegre
Guest Editors

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  • electrolyzers
  • fuel cells
  • metal-air batteries
  • redox-flow batteries
  • lithium-ion/sodium-ion batteries
  • polymer electrolyte membranes
  • proton exchange electrolytes
  • anion exchange electrolytes
  • polymer gel based membranes
  • ceramic-glass and polymer solid ion conductors
  • membrane degradation

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Performances of Anion-Exchange Blend Membranes on Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
Received: 10 January 2019 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 12 February 2019 / Published: 17 February 2019
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Anion exchange blend membranes (AEBMs) were prepared for use in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFBs). These AEBMs consisted of 3 polymer components. Firstly, PBI-OO (nonfluorinated PBI) or F6-PBI (partially fluorinated PBI) were used as a matrix polymer. The second polymer, a bromomethylated PPO, [...] Read more.
Anion exchange blend membranes (AEBMs) were prepared for use in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFBs). These AEBMs consisted of 3 polymer components. Firstly, PBI-OO (nonfluorinated PBI) or F6-PBI (partially fluorinated PBI) were used as a matrix polymer. The second polymer, a bromomethylated PPO, was quaternized with 1,2,4,5-tetramethylimidazole (TMIm) which provided the anion exchange sites. Thirdly, a partially fluorinated polyether or a non-fluorinated poly (ether sulfone) was used as an ionical cross-linker. While the AEBMs were prepared with different combinations of the blend polymers, the same weight ratios of the three components were used. The AEBMs showed similar membrane properties such as ion exchange capacity, dimensional stability and thermal stability. For the VRFB application, comparable or better energy efficiencies were obtained when using the AEBMs compared to the commercial membranes included in this study, that is, Nafion (cation exchange membrane) and FAP 450 (anion exchange membrane). One of the blend membranes showed no capacity decay during a charge-discharge cycles test for 550 cycles run at 40 mA/cm2 indicating superior performance compared to the commercial membranes tested. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Membranes for Electrolysis, Fuel Cells and Batteries)

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